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Essays and videos on social issues, history, political life and the future
Proportioned verdicts | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Beyond ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ – could a range of verdict options be more just?

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An unholy alliance | Aeon
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Politics and government

An unholy alliance

Authoritarian leaders who play the religious card are not mere hypocrites. There’s something far more troubling going on

Suzanne Schneider

Mink! | Aeon
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Fairness and equality

How the first woman of colour to be elected to the US Congress remade education

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What lies beneath government | Aeon
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Politics and government

What lies beneath government

Buka Town in Bougainville shows how bureaucratic states could be reimagined, not as concrete buildings but as living gardens

Gordon Peake & Miranda Forsyth

The ungreat replacement | Aeon
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Demography and migration

The ungreat replacement

Workers in the West have indeed been repressed – but not by immigrants. The policies of their own governments are to blame

John Rapley

Noam Chomsky: the five filters of the mass media machine | Aeon
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Politics and government

Is mass media still ‘manufacturing consent’ in the internet age?

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The discontent of Russia | Aeon
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Nations and empires

The discontent of Russia

Lenin envisioned Soviet unity. Stalin called Russia ‘first among equals’. Yet Russian nationalism never went away

Joy Neumeyer

Democracy entails conflict | Aeon
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Political philosophy

Democracy entails conflict

Democracy is a system of politics that has disagreement at its heart. But how do we stop conflicts becoming destructive?

Rochelle DuFord

The man who drew his own money | Aeon
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Art

Is paying with hand-drawn banknotes artistry or forgery? The knotty case of J S G Boggs

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Cowboy progressives | Aeon
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History

Cowboy progressives

You likely think of the American West as deeply conservative and rural. Yet history shows this politics is very new indeed

Daniel J Herman

Open shutters | Aeon
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Gender and identity

How the spy-cam epidemic in South Korea affects the women who are its victims

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EXCLUSIVEThe first Tuesday in November | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Close-ups on the night of anticipation in the 2020 US presidential elections

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EXCLUSIVESmall protests | Aeon
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Fairness and equality

With barely a possession to his name, Rabbit builds a life around fighting corruption

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High crimes and cabals | Aeon
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Politics and government

High crimes and cabals

The official definition of corruption – the abuse of public office for private gain – does little to capture the reality

Sudhir Chella Rajan

Saintmaking | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

When the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence canonised Derek Jarman

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This is no love story | Aeon
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Stories and literature

This is no love story

Strange entanglements of politics and romantic love marked England’s conquest of Ireland and still haunt the Irish today

Alison Garden

The biggest picture | Aeon
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Economics

The biggest picture

No wonder we cannot agree on how globalisation works and whether it’s a good thing. All the stories we have are flawed

Anthea Roberts & Nicholas Lamp

The emancipated Empire | Aeon
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Nations and empires

The emancipated Empire

The British Empire was first built on slavery and then on the moral and economic self-confidence of antislavery

Padraic Scanlan

What is ‘the West’? | Aeon
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Political philosophy

What is ‘the West’?

While the West belonged to a European geography, its name meant something. Now it is a vague invocation, laden with fear

Faisal Devji

Jefferson’s university | Aeon
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Education

Jefferson’s university

Thomas Jefferson founded a university believing it would safeguard republican freedom. Slavery was another matter altogether

Alan Taylor

How important is white fear? | Aeon
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Political philosophy

How important is white fear?

It’s become a commonplace that demographic anxiety is driving white voters to the far Right. This is dangerously wrong

Mark R Reiff

The rifleman | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

How did the NRA transform from a sporting group to a mighty political force?

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Exit the Fatherland | Aeon
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Nations and empires

Exit the Fatherland

Shaking off Nazism was no simple matter: the work to create a plural and peacable Germany was prolonged and painful

Helmut Walser Smith

The patriot paradox | Aeon
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Nations and empires

The patriot paradox

Globalism is out. Nationalism is in. Progressives who think they can jump aboard are dangerously naive

Jeremy Adelman