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Democracy

World Wide Weapon
Books

World Wide Weapon

Democracy cries out for policy solutions to tech-fueled extremism.

Steven Hill
Facebook Sovereignty

Facebook Sovereignty

Neal Stephenson’s classic 1992 cyberpunk novel Snow Crash depicts a future United States in which all forms of hierarchical authority have collapsed and each suburban subdivision has become its own burbclave requiring visas and passports to enter. There is a character named Raven who is untouchable for crimes he

Francis Fukuyama
The First Amendment Is Not a Suicide Pact

The First Amendment Is Not a Suicide Pact

Confused thinking is standing in the way of a perfectly achievable goal: moderating speech on the internet.

Jack Snyder
Infrastructure, Governance, and Trust

Infrastructure, Governance, and Trust

Before I get off the subject of infrastructure, I want to make a more general point about the nature of governance at this point in the 21st century, which has to do with social trust. I wrote a whole book on this subject back in the 1990s, but a lot

Francis Fukuyama
Accountability on Trial

Accountability on Trial

Expansive rights rhetoric undermines what democracy cannot survive without—accountability.

Philip K. Howard
Putting the Responsible “Self” Back in Self-Government

Putting the Responsible “Self” Back in Self-Government

We can’t leave our virtues at the door.

Thomas Koenig
Ricochet Spitefulness

Ricochet Spitefulness

Large parts of the U.S. electorate acted on a surprising negative impulse in the 2020 election, a phenomenon that likely will hang around.

Adam Garfinkle
Doubling Down on Democracy

Doubling Down on Democracy

A new Freedom House report reveals that, while Americans desire reform, their commitment to democracy and its ideals remains as strong as ever.

Tod Lindberg