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Perspective — September 3, 2014, 8:00 am

On Maleness and Deep Springs College

An alumnus reflects on the possibility of female students at Deep Springs

Farm work at Deep Springs College ©© Sean Fraga (Flickr)

Perspective — July 31, 2014, 8:00 am

On Joyce and Syphilis

New evidence of the author’s suffering, and reflections on the scholarly debate

James Joyce © Photo Researchers/Getty Images

Perspective — June 2, 2014, 3:14 pm

A Top Obama Aide Says History Won’t Applaud the President’s Climate Policy

How the president has undercut proposed EPA regulations by moving the goalposts on climate change

From Harper's Magazine, September 1863

Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am

On Brining and Dining

How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy

© Samuel James

Perspective — September 12, 2013, 7:51 am

On the Enemy as Criminal

Why can’t we indict Bashar al-Assad at the International Criminal Court?

International Criminal Court, The Hague. ©© M.M. R. (Flickr)

Perspective — August 23, 2013, 2:32 pm

On Rand Paul’s War on the War on Drugs

How the junior senator from Kentucky motivated the Obama Administration to forgo mandatory minimum sentences

Reveries of the Cigar

Perspective — August 20, 2013, 4:11 pm

On the Trouble with Farmed Shrimp

The Mexican government announces a state of emergency following a mass shrimp die-off in the Sea of Cortez

Shrimp-farm worker, Sea of Cortez, Mexico. © Dominic Bracco II

Perspective — July 30, 2013, 1:02 pm

On the Selling of the Egyptian Coup to Liberals

How the mass killing of Islamists is being justified in America

Ali Ahmed

Perspective — June 24, 2013, 8:00 am

On Bad Mayors and Good Cities

The real problem with Toronto mayor Rob Ford isn't that he's a venal, possibly crack-smoking bully; it's that he's not the kind of venal, possibly crack-smoking bully who makes his city better

Rob Ford graffiti (thumb)

Perspective — June 21, 2013, 9:00 am

On the NSA’s That ’70s Show Rerun

What would Frank Church say about the Snowden Affair?

Frank Church speaking at a Church Committee hearing (thumb)

Perspective — May 17, 2013, 9:00 am

On Gun Control and the Great American Debate Over Individualism

The firearm as emblem of personal sovereignty

Illustration by Jeremy Traum (thumb)

Perspective — April 26, 2013, 11:57 am

On Congressional Kayfabe

The similarities between the political response to tragedy and professional wrestling

Illustration (detail) by Tavis Coburn

Perspective — April 16, 2013, 3:23 pm

On Meeting Our Meat

Going undercover at a slaughterhouse in an age of agribusiness gag laws

FSIS Food Inspector's Badge. Photograph © Ted Conover

Perspective — April 4, 2013, 1:11 pm

On Rand Paul and the Libertarian–Statist Divide

Why establishment Democrats and Republicans fear Rand Paul

Ron Paul (thumb)

Perspective — March 4, 2013, 1:00 pm

On Archer’s Underground Comix Roots

How underground comic books helped give rise to Archer

CCA seal (thumb)

Perspective — March 4, 2013, 9:00 am

On Charles Newman’s Peripatetic Life

From the introduction to Newman’s magnum opus, In Partial Disgrace

In Partial Disgrace, by Charles Newman

Perspective — February 22, 2013, 9:00 am

On the Great Wall Game

Behind the scenes of recent scandals, Chinese government factions vie for influence

Bo Xilai

Perspective — January 23, 2013, 10:38 am

On the Supreme Power of Money in Afghanistan

What Afghanistan’s political economy tells us about its future

Kabul (detail) by Zalmaï

Perspective — December 27, 2012, 9:00 am

On Vampire Capitalism and the Fear of Inoculation

Why efforts to contain disease are often seen as conspiracies to sell vaccines

Army making pneumonia vaccine, Washington, D.C. , 1937 (thumb)

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