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United States

The Bridges We Need

The Bridges We Need

Museums perform a vital civic function, connecting us both to our past and to one another.

Nicole Penn
A Deal with Three-fifths of a Devil

A Deal with Three-fifths of a Devil

Was the U.S. Constitution’s “three-fifths” clause a treacherous accommodation of evil or a ploy to end slavery? The truth lies in between.

Gary J. Schmitt
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 Elmer’s Treatment

The Elmer’s Treatment

The U.S. government shares vast amounts of information with the public, a touch of glue to help hold a skeptical polity together.

John Maxwell Hamilton, Kevin R. Kosar
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
It Wasn’t Just Trump
Books

It Wasn’t Just Trump

We Americans have a little-told history of checking immigration in ways inconsistent with values we hold dear.

Lucas Anderson