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Rather than creating a more equal society, the internet has given rise to a new age of authoritarianism
One foreigner’s perspective
Lost in this past electoral season, one of the most vicious and frightening in American history, is how shaky the very foundation of our democracy is. Throughout Trump’s deformation of…
The rise of the internet and a new age of authoritarianism
Think of our democracy as a house we built in 1776, big enough only for Christian, property-owning white men. Over the next two centuries, various groups struggled to make it…
What became of the Christian intellectuals?
In defense of America’s best idea
The story, so far, of the 2016 election
Netanyahu takes the country to the brink
By David Graeber, from The Utopia of Rules, published last month by Melville House. Graeber is the author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years. His most recent article for Harper’s…
By John Gray, adapted from an article in the October 2014 issue of Prospect. Gray is the author of many books, including False Dawn, Straw Dogs, and The Silence of…
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