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A Hard Sell
Socialism in America?

Bernie Sanders is going to try to get Americans to vote for a set of ideas that have failed to take root every single time in the past. Still, it would be foolish to count him out.

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Fighting Corruption With Comedy
Volodymyr Zelensky Is Ukraine’s Anti-Trump

The comedian frontrunner in Ukraine’s presidential election is no joke. He may even be the most rational choice for voters fed up with corruption.

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Media Morass
Trump Is Deranging Cable News—and Keeping It Alive

Trump derangement syndrome has made the media less edifying but also more profitable.

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Big Brother Rising
Three Glimpses of the Future

As the world hurtles toward a systemically digitized existence, some unpleasant alternatives to governance are coming clearly into view.

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The New Addiction
Cell Phones as Cigarettes

Smartphones are every bit as annoying, addictive, and dangerous to our health as are cigarettes—and the second-hand consequences are alarming.

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Brave New Digital World
Facebook’s Russian Business Model

The social media giant is to technology what Russia has been to geopolitics.

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Robot Revolution
The Beginning of the End of Work

Robots and AI are already putting scores of Americans out of work and exacerbating inequality. As automation increases, what can we do to mitigate the damage?

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The New Monopoly
The Dangers of Amazon’s Dominance

Amazon is on its way to becoming the next Standard Oil, amassing inordinate market power to set the terms by which goods are bought and sold in the United States.

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Turning Points
Ukraine’s Tunisia Moment

As reforms stall in Ukraine, the tragic killing of a young activist could become a rallying cry for systemic change.

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Trade Imbalances
Replacing NAFTA

NAFTA should be reconstituted and replaced. The trick is how to deepen U.S.-Canadian integration without leaving Mexico completely out in the cold.

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