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Essay/Politics & Government

Fire, hatred and speed!

The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany

Jay Griffiths

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Essay/Religion

Christians were strangers

How an obscure oriental cult in a corner of Roman Palestine grew to become the dominant religion of the Western world

Michael Kulikowski

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Idea/Politics & Government

Sovereignty can be bought and sold like a commodity

Steven Press

Video/War & Conflict

How 60 ambiguous words gave the United States’ president unprecedented war power

7 minutes

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Idea/Ethics

Why rape cases should not be subject to reasonable doubt

Christopher Wareham & James Vos

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Essay/History

Revolutionary heroes

If the sultan of Mysore had had a bit more luck, George Washington might be known as the Haider Ali of North America

Blake Smith

Idea/Political Philosophy

What would Leibniz say about the schisms in Europe today?

Maria Rosa Antognazza

Idea/History

From the king’s touch to the princess’ hug: on magical royalty

Anna Whitelock

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Idea/Economics

Many mistrust banks, but why you mistrust banks says a lot

Erika Vause

Video/Politics & Government

What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like?

7 minutes

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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

Why historians would make bad policy advisers

Neville Morley

Video/Music

A rare glimpse into the world of North Korea’s classical musicians

13 minutes

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Essay/Future of Technology

Crimes of the future

Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted?

Sidney Perkowitz

Video/Politics & Government

What happens when a country has its first true democratic election?

12 minutes

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Idea/Economics

In a highly indebted world, austerity is a permanent state of affairs

Mark Blyth

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Essay/History of Technology

The Soviet InterNyet

Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet

Benjamin Peters

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Can liberal values be absolute? Or is that a contradiction?

Max Hayward

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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/Politics & Government

American exceptionalism, from Stalin with love

Ian Tyrrell

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Essay/History

American genesis

In treating the nation’s founders as holy relics, America forgets they were revolutionaries and risk-takers

Caroline Winterer

Video/Economics

Stop deferring to the experts. Economics demands everyone’s attention

11 minutes

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Idea/Politics & Government

The right to vote should be restricted to those with knowledge

Jason Brennan

Idea/Education

Without tenure, professors become terrified sheep

Alice Dreger

Idea/History

America’s Declaration of Independence was pro-immigrant

Steven Pincus

Video/Politics & Government

In the US, linking guns to owners is, by design, a convoluted and absurd process

7 minutes

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Idea/History of Technology

How Cold War rivalry helped launch the Chinese computer

Thomas S Mullaney

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Idea/Subcultures

Female nudity is powerful – but not necessarily empowering

Shahidha Bari

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Essay/Law & Justice

Prostitution is not sex work

Decriminalising the sex trade is touted as a means to empower women and rebrand a necessary service. This is utterly wrong

Kat Banyard

Idea/Sports & Games

A menace to society: the war on pinball in America

Hadley Meares