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Robber Barons with Hoodies
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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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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