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Idea/Ethics

Sometimes giving a person a choice is an act of terrible cruelty

Lisa Tessman

Idea/History

Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class

Adrienne Petty

Idea/Politics & Government

Moderation may be the most challenging and rewarding virtue

Aurelian Craiutu

Idea/History

Concentration camps reveal the nature of the modern state

Dan Stone

Idea/History

The American housewives who sought freedom in Soviet Russia

Julia Mickenberg

Video/Social Psychology

Laughing at others’ misfortune is fine for ‘fail’ videos. It’s poison for politics

6 minutes

Essay/Politics & Government

Return of the grotesque

The postmodern carnival has arrived, and there are good reasons to prefer François Rabelais’s version

Robert D Zaretsky

Idea/Politics & Government

Even the ancient Greeks thought their best days were history

Johanna Hanink

Video/Demography & Migration

The island where 50 million crabs roam free and refugees are trapped in limbo

21 minutes

Idea/Stories & Literature

So I exaggerate a little – am I wrong to jazz up my stories?

Andrea Askowitz

Essay/Politics & Government

The bloodstained leveller

Throughout history, plagues and wars have left greater equality in their wake. Can we get there again without violence?

Walter Scheidel

Essay/Anthropology

The scalp from Sand Creek

Even after museums return human remains pillaged from a massacre in 1864, can repatriation heal the wounds of history?

Chip Colwell

Essay/Personality

First impressions count

A judgment of competence is made in a tenth of a second on the basis of facial features. Thus political decisions are made

Alexander Todorov

Essay/History

Why the Tudors still rule

The Tudors are always good box office, but their melodramatic lives distract from a much deeper legacy of civic nationhood

Anna Whitelock

Video/History

Albania built 750,000 bunkers for a war that never came. Now what?

24 minutes

Essay/Politics & Government

American dreaming 3.0

Embrace dreams as a counter to the naive realism of politics today, and they could become a potent democratic force

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Idea/History

The Malmedy trial: how the truth trumped fake torture stories

Steven P Remy

Essay/Politics & Government

Democracy needs politeness

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politics

Steven Bullock

Essay/Economics

What is human capital?

Human capital theory was invented as an ideological weapon in the Cold War. Now it is helping to Uberise the world of work

Peter Fleming

Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How to get your kicks in the hermit kingdom of North Korea

Laya Maheshwari

Idea/Politics & Government

How Robert Nozick put a purple prose bomb under analytical philosophy

Brad Baranowski

Essay/Political Philosophy

Join the party of love

Love is not just a feeling given or received, it is an action too. It could be a radical force in politics

Max Harris

Essay/Politics & Government

Age of sincerity

In politics, as in militant religion, the performance of sincerity is everything, no matter whether right or wrong

Faisal Devji

Essay/History of Ideas

What is good rhetoric?

Plato said we ought to be suspicious of persuasive speakers and the appeal to emotions. But rhetoric can be a civic good

Tushar Irani

Essay/History

A much-maligned Mughal

The great king Aurangzeb is among the most hated men in Indian history. A historian claims he’s been unjustly demonised

Audrey Truschke

Video/War & Conflict

‘Semper paratus’ – how the organisation of the Roman army made it always ready for war

3 minutes

Idea/Values & Beliefs

‘Free speech’ is a blunt instrument. Let’s break it up

Robert Simpson

Video/History

War, conflict, bloodshed, upheaval or: how we got to Great Britain

7 minutes

Idea/Politics & Government

It wasn’t just hate. Fascism offered robust social welfare

Sheri Berman

Essay/Politics & Government

When nations apologise

National apologies are a big deal: they acknowledge the past to help move everyone forward. No wonder they’re so hard

Edwin Battistella