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Economics
Are coders worth it?

In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?

James Somers

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Fairness and equality
Poor teeth

If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege

Sarah Smarsh

Jack Whinery and family, homesteaders photographed in Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940. Photo courtesy the Library of Congress

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Economics
Return of the oppressed

From the Roman Empire to our own Gilded Age, inequality moves in cycles. The future looks like a rough ride

Peter Turchin

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Cities
The end of walking

In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health

Antonia Malchik

Civic bliss: a marriage ceremony in a French town hall. Photo by Godong/Getty

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Political philosophy
Against marriage

Marriage is what happens when the state gets involved in endorsing and regulating personal relationships. It’s a bad idea

Clare Chambers

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Ethics
Once and future sins

In 2115, when our descendants look back at our society, what will they condemn as our greatest moral failing?

Stephen Cave & Stefan Klein

New York City. 1979. Photo by Leonard Freed/Magnum

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Ethics
Natural police

Seen through game theory, cancer and police corruption are pretty much the same thing. And for one of them, there’s a cure

Suzanne Sadedin

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Fairness and equality
Not born this way

Other liberation movements have rejected the idea that biology is destiny. So why should gay rights depend on it?

Shamus Khan

Jewish Haim Addad posing with his Arabic neighbour near Djerba, Tunisia, May 2008. Photo by Patrick Zachmann/Magnum

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Political philosophy
What is wrong with tolerance

The ideal of religious tolerance has crippling flaws. It’s time to embrace a civic philosophy of reciprocity

Simon Rabinovitch

Picasso at home in his villa in villa at Notre-Dame de Vie in Mougins in 1967 surrounded by his latest paintings. He was 85 at the time. Photo by Gjon Mili/Time Life/Getty

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Economics
The longevity gap

Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more – but will everyone else die young?

Linda Marsa

A woman working on the nose section of a B-17 aircraft, Douglas Aircraft Company, California, 1942Photo by Alfred T Palmer, courtesy Library of Congress

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Childhood and adolescence
I’m not a feminist but…

These American teens look up to their strong mothers and believe in equal rights. So why won’t they use the F-word?

Pamela Erens

Daoist power: Herding Horses by Han Gan, Tang dynasty, China. Photo courtesy the National Palace Museum, Taipei/Wikipedia

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Fairness and equality
In defence of hierarchy

As a society we have forgotten how to talk about the benefits of hierarchy, expertise and excellence. It’s time we remembered

Stephen C Angle, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Julian Baggini and others

A child waits for her mother at a polling station in Rome, 24 February, 2013. Photo by Yara Nardi/Reuters

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Economics
There is no alternative

Governments now answer to business, not voters. Mainstream parties grow ever harder to distinguish. Is democracy dead?

Henry Farrell

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Fairness and equality
Fat but fit?

The medical evidence is overwhelming – obesity is bad for you and it would be a major mistake to give up fighting it

Caroline Weinberg

It could be you; in the House Chamber for the State of The Union address. Photo by Pete Souza/The White House/Corbis

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Fairness and equality
The lottocracy

Elections are flawed and can’t be redeemed – it’s time to start choosing our representatives by lottery

Alexander Guerrero

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Information and communication
Digital star chamber

Algorithms are producing profiles of you. What do they say? You probably don’t have the right to know

Frank Pasquale

The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David, 1787. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Courtesy Wikimedia

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Human rights and justice
What kind of citizen was he?

Conventional wisdom sees Socrates as a martyr for free speech, but he accepted his death sentence for a different cause

Josiah Ober

Young soldiers visit the Acropolis, Athens, 2013. Photo by Alex Majoli/Magnum

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Fairness and equality
Lessons of Demopolis

Wisdom from classical Greece: democracy and liberalism are both better off if we understand the difference between them

Josiah Ober

A homeless woman sits on a bench a few blocks away from the White House, Washington, 1 September 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters

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Fairness and equality
The respect deficit

Economic inequality is an urgent problem. Deeper still is our loss of mutual respect, the foundation of a fair society

Richard V Reeves

Knut the polar bear at Berlin Zoological Garden, in January 2010. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

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Biology
Who killed Knut?

The death of a beloved polar bear casts the logic of zoos in a cold light. Are they safe havens or places of sacrifice?

Stephen Cave

A measure of success: the link between rates of production and a nation’s general health once seemed so simple. Post-war production at the Renault factory in Paris, 1959. Photo by Marc Riboud/Magnum

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Economics
Growing pains

Measure a country purely against its GDP and you neglect the wellbeing of its people. Yet can that be measured?

Diane Coyle