Sam Haselby
Senior Editor, Aeon

Sam is a senior editor at Aeon and a historian. He is the author of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism (2015) and can be found on Twitter @HaselbySam

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Essay/History

American secular

The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong?

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Idea/Economics

When faced with so-called ‘progressive business’, stay skeptical

Christian O Christiansen

Essay/Music

Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?

Lary Wallace

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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

Idea/Internet & Communication

Should you feel sad about the demise of the handwritten letter?

Siobhan Phillips

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Essay/Medical Ethics

Intersex rights

Children born with in-between sex development are subject to surgeries that many believe violate their human rights

Alice Dreger

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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

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Idea/History

A nation apologises for wrongdoing: is that a category mistake?

Danielle Celermajer

Idea/Education

The slow professor can dish out a more nutritious education

Barbara Seeber & Maggie Berg

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Idea/Politics & Government

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

Sheri Berman

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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

Idea/Politics & Government

There’s a Green Card-holder at the heart of Greek philosophy

David V Johnson

Idea/Politics & Government

Why bureaucrats matter in the fight to preserve the rule of law

Melissa Lane

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Essay/Political Philosophy

The power thinker

Original, painstaking, sometimes frustrating and often dazzling. Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever

Colin Koopman

Essay/History

What is global history now?

Historians cheered globalism with work about cosmopolitans and border-crossing, but the power of place never went away

Jeremy Adelman

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Essay/Economics

In praise of cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike

Brett Scott

Idea/Poverty & Development

There is a simple way to improve the world’s food systems

Peter A Coclanis

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Essay/Economics

End of a golden age

Unprecedented growth marked the era from 1948 to 1973. Economists might study it forever, but it can never be repeated. Why?

Marc Levinson

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Essay/History

How Europe became so rich

In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?

Joel Mokyr

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Idea/Demography & Migration

Solving the mystery of the Druze – a 2,000-year-old odyssey

Eran Elhaik

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Essay/Space Exploration

Whitey on Mars

Elon Musk and the rise of Silicon Valley's strange trickle-down science

Andrew Russell & Lee Vinsel

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Idea/Ethics

Bad things happen for a reason, and other idiocies of theodicy

Jason Blum

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Idea/Medical Ethics

You might be in a medical experiment and not even know it

Alice Dreger

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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

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

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Idea/History

‘European culture’ is an invented tradition

Benjamin G Martin

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Essay/Family Life

How to be a patriarch

His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman

Marcus Sidonius Falx & Jerry Toner

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Idea/Poverty & Development

Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users

Kasia Malinowska & Bethany Medley

Essay/Education

Child’s play

The authoritative statement of scientific method derives from a surprising place — early 20th-century child psychology

Henry Cowles

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Idea/Demography & Migration

How refugees have the power to change the society they join

Alejandra Dubcovsky

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Idea/War & Conflict

The Syrian seed bank that keeps going despite the war

Courtney Fullilove

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