Nils Gilman
Private & Public
Three Moral Economies of Data

A new way for thinking about how governments and societies choose to address the political, economic, and social implications of data and data-driven artificial intelligence.

The Kavanaugh Fight
Being Morally Serious About the Supreme Court

The debate we should be having on Brett Kavanaugh turns on a crucial question: What sorts of youthful transgressions are forgivable, and which are disqualifying, for which jobs?

Vox Populi
Revisiting Hofstadter’s Populism

It’s held up better than you might think.

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Count on It
Dictatorships and Data Standards

Since the 19th century, government statistics have been central to our sense of shared social reality. Is that going away?

End of an Era
The Collapse of Racial Liberalism

Both the Right and the Left have dropped the pretense of racial liberalism, and the country faces a choice.

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American Institutions
Wanted: A Self-Draining Swamp

Perhaps the most insidious threat facing Western democracies has been the progressive decline of elite accountability and responsibility.

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The Tax Bill
The Cold War and the Welfare State

If you look hard enough, you can almost find ideological consistency in the Republicans’ breathtaking tax bill.

The Crystal Ball
The Official Future Is Dead! Long Live the Official Future!

A year after Donald Trump’s improbable election, the post-Cold War Official Future has collapsed—and in its place have emerged a bewildering array of possibilities.

panem et circenses
Is a Competent Trumpism Possible?

Could a more mainstream politician maintain or perhaps even improve on Trump’s coalition, while at the same time more effectively realizing his policy agenda?

European Disunion
Back in the USSR

Is the European Union heading for a Soviet-style collapse?

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