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Idea/History

The Malmedy trial: how the truth trumped fake torture stories

Steven P Remy

Idea/History

‘European culture’ is an invented tradition

Benjamin G Martin

Essay/Work

Trust me with your money

It takes diplomacy, anthropology and psychology to serve the world’s super-rich. But only trust opens their purse strings

Brooke Harrington

Essay/History

Guns, empires and Indians

Multilateral imperial politics triggered an indigenous arms race and led to the violent transformation of Native America

David J Silverman

Idea/History of Technology

New tech only benefits the elite until the people demand more

Christopher Jones

Essay/Mood & Emotion

The interrogator’s soul

An ordinary person becomes a torturer with surprising ease. The hard part comes when it’s time to be human again

Shane O’Mara

Essay/Economics

Welfare’s last stand

Long in retreat in the US, the welfare state found a haven in an unlikely place – the military, where it thrived for decades

Jennifer Mittelstadt

Essay/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Anthropocene fever

The Anthropocene idea has been embraced by Earth scientists and English professors alike. But how useful is it?

Jedediah Purdy