Is democracy dying?

The threats to US democracy have never been more real, according to Harvard political science professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Their latest work explores the Republican Party’s deviation from democratic norms, particularly during Donald Trump’s presidency. Is There a Fix? According to Levitsky and Ziblatt, the United States needs to reform its institutions to […]

How serious is the nuclear threat?

What would happen if a nuclear missile were launched toward the United States? The short answer is: nothing good. The longer answer is explored by Pulitzer finalist Annie Jacobsen in Nuclear War, where she describes a scenario based on her extensive interviews with experts and government officials. Living on the Edge The nuclear winter that Jacobsen […]

The new Cold War

Earlier this week, TikTok sued the U.S. government over the potential ban that could go into effect as soon as 2025. Experts expect this legal battle will go all the way to the Supreme Court. As various players prepare for this epic showdown, our latest Instaread considers the history of how the U.S. and China have […]

Is social justice making progress?

Modern identity politics has gotten out of hand. At least that’s the argument of Yascha Mounk, public intellectual and professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. He says that American culture has shifted into an obsession with group identity that stifles dialogue and promotes division.  A Changing World Over the past few decades, the […]

The Founding Father who lived for drama

The United States celebrates George Washington as its first president and the Fourth of July as the country’s birthday. You hear less about Samuel Adams, the Founding Father who fomented the American Revolution. One reason? Revolutions are messy, and the guys who get their hands dirty aren’t necessarily respectable.  Fake News Is Nothing New To […]

The war on wokeness

Senator Ted Cruz says that the United States has a huge problem. That problem isn’t mass shootings, or the rising cost of health care, or the wealth gap. No, the biggest threat right now in Cruz’s eyes is the “woke” — Marxist Democrats who have too much influence on American society. Our latest release looks at […]

Was January 6 a sequel?

Rachel Maddow has spent a lot of time discussing the events of January 6, 2021, on MSNBC. But that was not the first time that the United States has faced the threat of a coup. In her latest bestseller, Maddow rewinds to the 1930s and ’40s, when American fascists attempted to replace the US government […]

A hard look at the religious right

Has Christianity been hijacked by far-right conservatives? That’s the argument of journalist Tim Alberta, a Christian whose father was an evangelical pastor. Alberta says that the pursuit of power has overshadowed spiritual missions in many of these communities. His new book explores the conflict between authentic faith and political identity. Losing Ground  The term “evangelical” […]

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