Culture

Citizen Activism and the Courts

The surprising impact of popular movements on judicial doctrines

Could Bill O'Reilly, the King of Cable News, Be Going Down?

Advertisers are fleeing his show and his future is in doubt. Here's why it's happening now, when he used to be invulnerable.

The Neighborhood Activist as Prophet

How Jane Jacobs took on the planners—and how her legacy is at risk. 

In the Age of Trump, Resistance Requires Creativity

As the political class in Washington, D.C., struggles to carve a path of resistance to the incoming Trump administration, artists are leading the way. Institutional players in liberal politics should pay attention.

Class Act

Where Bruce comes from, and how he got here. 

Denzel Washington Brings August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ to the Screen

New film captures playwright’s iconic family drama about race, community, and baseball

‘Loving’ Reminds Us of an Earlier Struggle for Marriage Equality

A new movie about the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized interracial marriage resonates today in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Swept Away in the Sixties

What did the era amount to? One thing is certain: It wasn’t a revolution. 

When Liberalism Came Apart

Two new books about the late 1960s provide grist for thinking about political turbulence today. 

Half of Prince's $300 Million Estate Could Be Taxed. That's a Good Thing.

The late pop star eschewed tax-dodging chicanery and will still leave a sizable fortune to his heirs—as well as to the taxpayers who helped him succeed.

Worlds of Inequality

The winners and losers of globalization. Must it be this way?

Can the Working Family Work in America?

America still hasn’t adjusted to family realities in the 21st century. Here’s what needs to be done and why we need to do it. 

Harnessing the Power of the New Working Class

If the new proletariat starts identifying as a class, it could transform politics. 

American Maelstrom

A new book by Michael Cohen brings back the pivotal presidential election of 1968, which first revealed the fault lines that still define American politics today.

Shall We Be Released?

The mass folly of mass incarceration and the road back to sane prison policy. 

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