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How (Not) to Criticize Karl Polanyi

A recent critique of Karl Polanyi reveals more about the limits of our current political debates than anything about the man himself.

By Steven Klein

Liberalism Now More Than Ever

Why some progressives are wrong to reduce all concerns about democratic procedure and Russia to the self-interest of so-called “liberal class” elites.

By Kevin Mattson

The 1980s: The Good Ol' Days?

Although analogies with the past are usually flawed, we can still look at the past in search for some hope against hope about the present.

By Kevin Mattson

Bad Brains

The Baffler takes on the political problems created by our vaunted view of intelligence.

By Nathan Pippenger

Secession: Still a Bad Idea

The ugly attitudes behind half-serious calls for a "Bluexit."

By Nathan Pippenger