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We protest by creating beauty

Meet the artists and activists writing love letters on the streets.

Why the left needs to re-embrace the First Amendment

Censorship of the alt-right is tempting, but history tells us it will backfire. 

No Dogs, No Indians

In a world mediated by sound-bites, perhaps the theatre can take us back to what it means to be human.

Neoliberal psychology

Why do we allow the logic of the market to occupy our minds?

Sharing stories in a broken culture

Respectful relationships are a prior condition for persuasion.

What does it take for activists to get your attention?

We need campaigns that educate media consumers on how they are manipulated.

Why stories matter

Stories cultivate the frequently forgotten yet uniquely human traits that build solidarity.

What DNA ancestry testing can and can’t tell you

What are the social justice implications of spitting into a test tube?

In praise of melancholia

Without knowing the extremes of sadness and joy we can never fully know or feel all that life is.

How I faced misogyny in Hinduism—and found peace with my faith

Religion can be a crutch for patriarchy—and a tool to dismantle it.

Can Donald Trump predict the future?

The myth of prophecy is central to the success of authoritarian politics.

Why we're not taking the new porn laws lying down

Who cares about a bunch of queers flogging each other when there’s a migrant crisis and article 50 has been triggered? We do.

The power of sign

As Sweet Honey in the Rock’s sign language interpreter, Shirley Childress dedicated her life to deaf rights.

Don’t mention Jesus! Why excluding beliefs from the public sphere is mistaken

Should we hide our deepest values in the public sphere or shout them from the rooftops?

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For automation to benefit society it must serve human beings—not replace them

Advances in artificial intelligence call us to revisit basic questions about work, love and human purpose.

Escaping from the echo-chambers of politics

How can people who spend their lives discussing politics sometimes be so out of touch? Español

Uncertain comma Texas

A new film describes a world whose inhabitants have been broken, but offers the hope that all can be repaired.

The new infantocracy in politics

Like an aged babysitter who has forgotten herself for a moment and decided to join the kids, Theresa May now identifies Donald Trump as her closest ally.

How the everyday use of militaristic jargon makes us more combative

The language of violence pervades our discourse, even when we’re not talking about war.

Can we handle the truth?

The critical need for genuine fact cannot be overstated.

Civic beauty without permission

Why tile a bridge across one of the busiest streets in a city without a permit and with almost no financial support?

Empathy and vulnerability in the digital age

The cyber-world collapses the distance between the spectator and the scene of brutality, but does this encourage voyeurism or solidarity?

The growing political impotence of images

Are photographs of war and atrocity losing the power to move us?

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

Hate picks no sides—it merely fills the gaps left by broken communication.

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Why progressives should worry about the myth gap

If we want to beat Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and their ilk we need new stories, and fast.

Welcome to another year of transformation

We need your help to expand our coverage of deep-rooted personal and political change.

Here’s how representation in comics could be so much better

Where are the superheroes of color, the women leads, the queer characters and more?

Can prayer also be action?

Prayer can break down or reinforce power structures in surprising ways. 

Unreality politics

'Post-truth' is supposedly the word of the year, but what does it actually mean for the future of politics?

Anti-feminism, then and now

Menace and the threat of violence have a particular address to women. Welcome to a new phase of anti-feminism.

Is communism dead, and can spirituality revive it?

Every cultural transformation in history has reached into the most intimate sphere of human motivation.

Will black people also be excluded from Mars?

In the new space race, whose version of humanity is being targeted for saving?

Do we remember in order to forget the realities of war?

On Remembrance Day the poppy, with its narcotic, sleep-inducing qualities, stands as a fitting symbol for Britain’s long dream-sleep. 

How the Alt Right is trying to create a safe space for racism on college campuses

Right-wing movements in the US are repackaging ideas from white nationalism into a new, more middle-class culture by using the strategies and language of the left (4,500 words).

The rise of veganism in politics

On World Vegan Day it’s time to recognize that veganism isn’t just a fashion statement. The decision to boycott animal products has major political implications.

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