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Education
An inconvenient child

My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? A disability you could find in any classroom

Michael Graziano

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Human rights and justice
The invasion of America

The story of Native American dispossession is too easily swept aside, but new visualisations should make it unforgettable

Claudio Saunt

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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

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Cognition and intelligence
How totalism works

The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one

Alexandra Stein

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The ancient world
Slaves or wage slaves

Incentives, rewards, bonuses and bonding experiences – Roman slaveowners were the first management theorists

Jerry Toner

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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Economics
Dark Leviathan

The Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment, but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings

Henry Farrell

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Human rights and justice
Why men rape

It’s not a profound mystery, or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop

Sandra Newman

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

Administrative segregation prisoners take part in a group therapy session at San Quentin state prison, California, 8 June 2012. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Human rights and justice
Twilight in the Box

The suicide statistics, squalor and recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will

Shruti Ravindran

A Hell of a future. Photo by Martin Barraud/Gallery Stock
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Ethics
Hell on Earth

What happens to life sentences if our lifespan is radically extended? A philosopher talks about future punishment

Ross Andersen

Benjamin Lay by William Williams c1750-1758, oil on panel. Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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History
The forgotten prophet

Radical Quaker Benjamin Lay was a pioneer of abolitionism, who lived what he preached. So why was he erased from history?

Marcus Rediker

All illustrations by Susie Cagle
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Cities
Homes for the homeless

San Francisco’s homeless are harangued and despised while conservative Utah has a radically humane approach

Susie Cagle

Merry Company, 1562 (oil on panel) by Jan Matsys. Musee d'Art Thomas Henry, Cherbourg, France. Photo by Bridgeman Art/Getty

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Ethics
The ugly truth

We all know our culture puts a premium on good looks – does that mean that the ugly are oppressed?

Jonny Thakkar

Renford McIntyre pictured in Dudley, England, after being declared an illegal immigrant despite 50 years of living and working in the UK. Photo by Andrew Testa/Panos

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History of ideas
Dignity is delicate

Human dignity is a concept with remarkably shallow historical roots. Is that why it is so presently endangered?

Remy Debes

Tolerance is critical. Manchester, England, 2013. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty
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Ethics
The limits of tolerance

A religious worldview cannot expect the same kinds of tolerance as racial, gender, or sexual identities. Here’s why

Paul Russell

The Haitian Revolutionary leader Toussaint L'Ouverture painted on the body of a bus operating in Port-au-Prince, July 2008. Photo by Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images

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Global 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

Police line-up, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, c. 1950 - 1965. Photo by Charles 'Teenie' Harris/Getty

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Knowledge
Framed by forensics

Junky, out-of-date science fuels jury errors and tragic miscarriages of justice. How can we throw it out of court?

Douglas Starr

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Gender
Clothes and daggers

British missionaries hated the sari; US feminists would ban the burqa. Why do empires care so much about women’s clothes?

Rafia Zakaria