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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Essay/History

‘Here we are all the same’

The US Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion, but the fight for religious equality was only just beginning

Richard D Brown

Idea/Art

Why does contemporary art make for wildly popular blockbusters?

Judith H Dobrzynski

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Had a good think lately?

Not busy-work, ticking off to-do lists or keeping-up-with-stuff. Just sitting. And thinking. Is it so hard?

André Spicer

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

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Idea/History

For centuries European aristocrats proudly claimed foreign ancestry

Blake Smith

Idea/Law & Justice

How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women

Tonja Jacobi & Dylan Schweers

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

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Idea/Space Exploration

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

Earle Kyle

Essay/Politics & Government

Democracy needs politeness

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

Steven Bullock

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Essay/Economics

Platonically irrational

How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out

Nick Romeo

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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/Cultures & Languages

Stuck on one idea of truth or beauty? Rhizomes can help

Nicholas Tampio

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Idea/Politics & Government

How Robert Nozick put a purple prose bomb under analytical philosophy

Brad Baranowski

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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