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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Unknown knowns: the limits of racial discourse in a system almost exclusively controlled by white people
On the burden of the black public intellectual
The Labour Party’s Moral Dilemma
The art of persuasion in the age of Trump
In 1979, a catchy Kenny Rogers song called “Coward of the County” made it to the top of the country charts. It’s about a man named Tommy, whose father, a…
A political orator wittily compared our party promises to western roads, which opened stately enough, with planted trees on either side, to tempt the traveller, but soon became narrow and…
“I understand the large hearts of heroes,” wrote an ecstatic Walt Whitman in “Song of Myself”: The courage of present times and all times, How the skipper saw the crowded…
Marine Le Pen’s campaign to make France great again
Louis Farrakhan and the Black Lives Matter protests
A progressive defense of respectability politics
From Lynching in America, a report published in February by the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, that litigates on behalf of indigent and marginalized defendants.