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    A Blog of Ideas

Eyes Off the Prize

Mark Lilla isn’t wrong about identity politics, necessarily; but he’s wrong to see it as a greater danger than capitalism unchained.

By Jim Sleeper

Trump's Press Conference Tells You Everything You Need To Know

The President of the United States makes his basic unfitness plain for all to see.

By Nathan Pippenger

Blackout

Along the path of the August 21st solar eclipse, there live almost no African Americans. The peculiar trajectory of the moon’s shadow illuminates racial isolation and compromise, past and present.

By Alice Ristroph

Affirmative Action and the Burden of Argument

Some lessons to draw from a scholar of Black Lives Matter, as Trump's Justice Department goes after affirmative action.

By Nathan Pippenger

Mass Incarceration Is a Local Affair

And it is there that we will have to defeat it, no matter who may occupy the Oval Office.

By John Pfaff