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Political Order
Parliament Over Presidents

Parliamentary democracies are generally more efficient than presidential ones because the executive and legislative branches are fused.

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The King in the North
The Arctic Is American

Washington has put Moscow and Beijing on notice: The Arctic doesn’t belong to you.

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Anti-Trust in the Age of Facebook

There’s a long American tradition of breaking up companies that have managed to accrue inordinate concentrations of market power. It’s time to dust it off for the digital era.

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Money or Merit?
The Urgent Need for Educational Equality

In the United States the SATs are supposed to be about measuring aptitude. Instead, they have also become a measurement of your parents’ bank account.

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Disaster Prep
Artificial Intelligence: The Next Nuke?

Artificial intelligence could do more damage than a nuclear war or global pandemic. Why aren’t we talking about it?

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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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