Politics and History

Joao Silva/The New York Times/Redux. From War is Beautiful by David Shields, published by powerHouse Books.

David Shields says the New York Times is complicit in romanticizing war through imagery.More

Traveling into the phone

Doug Rushkoff believes personal technology is having an insidious effect on our relationship with time. He calls it “present shock.”More

Jaquet Droz automatons

Androids may seem like a modern idea, but there were life-size androids in the 18th century — beautiful robot women who could look around and even play the harpsichord. Historian Heidi Voskuhl tells this remarkable story.More

A light in the dark (from a phone)

Filmmaker Astra Taylor wants to reclaim the democratic potential of personal technology.More

Researchers at the Electoral Integrity Project analyzed elections in 153 countries. The US ranked below a lot of countries — Sweden,...More

markets

Economist E. Glen Weyl has invented a market-driven voting system that he believes is much fairer and more democratic than one-vote-per-...More

Baby

If democracy means balancing everyone's interests, then why shouldn't children — and even babies — have a vote?  Political...More

Fun outside on election day

A lot of American citizens don't bother to vote.  Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, says "there's no such thing as not...More

The average American voter is NOT smarter than a fifth grader, doesn't understand basic political facts and should probably not be...More

Targeted person

Political microtargeters develop sophisticated and subterranean campaigns to win vulnerable voters. Cathy O'Neil, data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org, warns that politicians are perilously close to being able to tell voters only what they want to hear.More

JustGrimes(CC BY-NC 2.0)

The idea of our elections being "rigged" will seemingly be a part of our national discourse for the foreseeable future, so we decided to assemble a few alternative models to the conventional electoral process.More

Barbed wire

Most of us will never know what life in prison is really like. It’s mostly off limits to the public and to many in the press,...More

Twitterstorm of bots

Computer scientist Filippo Menczer has evidence of a bot campaign targeting one of Twitter's biggest power users: President Trump.More

Black hole

Psychedelic drugs show remarkable promise for treating addiction and end-of-life anxiety.More

Philosopher Jason Brennan offers a provocative idea: let's bring back flogging as an alternative to imprisonment....More

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.More

Fire eating

For decades, Todd Robbins has been entertaining audiences with his sideshow act, first at Coney Island and later with several off-Broadway shows. He demonstrated a few tricks of his trade.More

Bastøy Prison from the air

For two years, criminal justice advocate Baz Dreisinger traveled the world, touring prisons in nine different countries, which she...More

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