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Media Bias and the Mob

What structural anthropology can tell us about the polarized press.
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Epistemology at Scale

The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh was the perfect crime: smuggling empathetic truths into a situation too universal for empathy.
LiteratureTop Section

My Friend Karl: A Review of My Struggle: Book Six

Karl Ove Knausgaard is moved by myth and tradition in a way that betrays his calculated political apathy.
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Empty Realm

Behind the NPC meme.
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Whigged Out

Technology will determine the politics of the future. This invites a return to impersonal readings of history.
PhilosophyTop Section

After the WEIRDing

Rod Dreher and Peter Sloterdijk offer alternative trajectories for fragmentation: sacred collectivities or transformative individuations.
ScienceTop Section

God’s Own Cryptosystem

How Heisenberg Uncertainty might be a way to prevent timing attacks against the universe.
Non-FictionTop Section

Glancing Backwards in the Desert

Burning Man is a post-modern post-religion. But it has something substantial to teach about staving off nihilism.
CultureTop Section

Game Over

Industrialized leisure is yet another candidate for the title of the secular age's surrogate religion.
CultureTop Section

Sarah Jeong and the Only Direction

The radicalism that is mainstream in the American press is not Marxism. It's something more cynical.
EconomicsTop Section

SimCity in Real Life

Urban planners, focusing on skylines over substance, treat the science of building a city as though it's a video game.
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Colonialism Was Hong Kong’s Exit

British rule in Hong Kong wasn't deliberated, and with it came a withdrawal from dysfunctional institutions to effective ones.
HistorySecond Section

The IKEA Humans: The Social Base of Contemporary Liberalism

The social bonds of the modern Millennial are as fragmentary as their particle-board furniture.
PhilosophySecond Section

Silicon Valley Struggle Sessions

The American techno-state has, after religion, become more fundamentalist.
PoliticsSecond Section

Putting Hardcore Activism to Work for You

Polite participation isn't enough for everybody, but the right is bad at putting those energies to use
CulturePoliticsSecond Section

How Message-Board Culture Remade the Left

For all we hear about 4chan and Trump, the main effects of radicalized posters have been on the left.
PoliticsSecond Section

Psycho Politics

On the left, liberalism has been consumed by universalism. On the right, it has been thoroughly demoralized.
PoliticsSecond Section

A Question of Merit

With or without a change in law, affirmative action will give way to reality.