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Perspective — September 10, 2018, 11:43 am

In My House

Read ’em and weep: how ballroom went from the underground to the mainstream

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

Perspective — July 31, 2014, 8:00 am

On Joyce and Syphilis

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

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

Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am

On Brining and Dining

How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy

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?

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

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

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

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

Perspective — June 21, 2013, 9:00 am

On the NSA’s That ’70s Show Rerun

What would Frank Church say about the Snowden Affair?

Perspective — May 17, 2013, 9:00 am

On Gun Control and the Great American Debate Over Individualism

The firearm as emblem of personal sovereignty

Perspective — April 26, 2013, 11:57 am

On Congressional Kayfabe

The similarities between the political response to tragedy and professional wrestling

Perspective — April 16, 2013, 3:23 pm

On Meeting Our Meat

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

Perspective — April 4, 2013, 1:11 pm

On Rand Paul and the Libertarian–Statist Divide

Why establishment Democrats and Republicans fear Rand Paul

Perspective — March 4, 2013, 1:00 pm

On Archer’s Underground Comix Roots

How underground comic books helped give rise to Archer

Perspective — March 4, 2013, 9:00 am

On Charles Newman’s Peripatetic Life

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

Perspective — February 22, 2013, 9:00 am

On the Great Wall Game

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

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

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

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