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Essay/Human Rights

What do slaveholders think?

It is everywhere illegal yet slavery persists in many corners of the global economy. How do its beneficiaries justify it?

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Essay/Progress & Modernity

Is greatness finite?

The world feels caught between infinite possibility and limited resources. Thomas More and T R Malthus can help

Joyce E Chaplin

Video/Fairness & Equality

How the one-child policy created a Chinese underclass of 13 million people with no rights

15 minutes

Video/History

A day in the life of Auschwitz today is a mix of history, tourism and prayer

7 minutes

Idea/Ethics

We are entering a new epoch: the century of the migrant

Thomas Nail

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Essay/History

Atlantic freedoms

Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its defining climax in the Age of Revolution

Laurent Dubois

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Idea/History

In the 1850s, the future of American slavery seemed bright

Matthew Karp

Essay/Values & Beliefs

Courage and free speech

Throughout human history there have been individuals who have been ready to risk everything for their beliefs

Timothy Garton Ash

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Essay/Law & 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

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Idea/Law & Justice

How US prisons violate three principles of criminal justice

Judith Lichtenberg

Idea/Politics & Government

A democracy deficit plagues the US and the European Union

David V Johnson

Essay/Education

In praise of Dewey

He knew how to protect democracy – not by rote and rules but by growing independent-minded kids. Let us not forget it

Nicholas Tampio

Idea/Human Rights

Why is the Iranian government opening the world’s biggest bookstore?

Holly Dagres

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Video/Human Rights

Free speech is vital to human flourishing, but it’s in a decade-long slump

5 minutes

Idea/History

How modern disputes have reshaped the ancient city of Banias

Diana Darke

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Essay/History of Science

The sexism problem

Harassment drove me out of physics 30 years ago and little has changed. Why is scientific sexism so intractable?

Margaret Wertheim

Idea/Law & Justice

Decriminalising sex work is better for everyone

Maria Laura Di Tommaso & Marina Della Giusta

Essay/War & Conflict

In praise of patience

Resilience is the fashionable prescription for trauma. But bouncing back is not the only – or best – way to bear sorrow

Samira Thomas

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Essay/Neuroscience

Bring them back

Untold thousands of patients misdiagnosed as vegetative are actually aware. Theirs is the civil rights fight of our times

Joseph J Fins

Idea/Law & Justice

How to stop prisons from turning criminals into terrorists

Cullen Thomas

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Idea/Race

Why this Southern conservative supports Black Lives Matter

John D Wilsey

Essay/Human Rights

Red-hot gay marriage

Gay liberation didn’t begin with marches and political rallies, but with a revolution in thought

Jim Downs

Idea/Human Rights

Why humanitarian intervention goes horribly wrong

Rajan Menon

Idea/Human Rights

The strange, short career of Judeo-Christianity

Gene Zubovich

Idea/Human Rights

Land and the roots of African-American poverty

Keri Leigh Merritt

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Essay/Human Rights

The power of nonviolence

Nonviolent politics have unique power to change the world, but they require strategic suffering and ascetic self-mastery

Karuna Mantena

Essay/Human Rights

Bring back Women’s Lib

Modern feminism seeks equality with men. But in a dysfunctional society, that is nowhere near enough

Livia Gershon

Idea/Human Rights

Uranium communities cast a shadow on the nuclear future

Stephanie Malin

Video/Demography & Migration

Ten million people around the world are stateless. Is citizenship a human right?

4 minutes

Essay/Fairness & Equality

Lessons of Demopolis

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

Josiah Ober