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Technological innovations

Destroyer of Worlds

In February 1947, Harper’s Magazine published Henry L. Stimson’s “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.” As secretary of war, Stimson had served as the chief military adviser to President…

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Face the Nation

From news reports in the past year of facial-recognition technologies that have been implemented in China. Read More

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Crossing the Valley

Like campaigning politicians, pornographers — who are also in the business of galvanizing tired nervous systems — face one problem that never goes away: cutting through the numbness caused by…

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A Radioactive Money Pit

Correction: Because of a production error, a portion of the third paragraph on page 64 was deleted. The complete paragraph should read: Vendors like BWXT are unlikely to admit it, but these…

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The Digital Revolution That Wasn’t

For as long as there have been machines, there have been worries about their power to destroy jobs. The Luddites — early-nineteenth-century artisans who bitterly resisted the new textile machinery…

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The Future Progressive

In his classic book On Liberty, the nineteenth-century British philosopher John Stuart Mill urged that man strive to become “a progressive being.” Mill defined progressivism as the cultivation of individuality;…

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Publisher’s Letter

When I began my tenure as publisher of Harper’s Magazine nearly thirty years ago, my biggest challenge—?or so I thought at the time—?was to get advertising agencies to pay more…

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October 2013