A Deeply Provincial View of Free Speech

Many prominent writers and thinkers seem invested in the notion that simply facing strong public criticism is a threat to free speech. | Continue reading


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Kaitlin Tiffany on celebrity baby conspiracy theorists

For years, women on the internet have been writing conspiracy theories about celebrity pregnancies. What sparks them? | Continue reading


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A New Understanding of Herd Immunity

The portion of the population that needs to get sick is not fixed. We can change it. | Continue reading


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The Ripple Effects of a Space Skirmish

If a conflict breaks out between countries with weapons in orbit, it could threaten space access for everyone. | Continue reading


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The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic

The minute we make any decision—I think COVID-19 is serious; no, I’m sure it is a hoax—we begin to justify the wisdom of our choice and find reasons to dismiss the alternative. | Continue reading


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The disappearance of local news is a slow-moving disaster

The disappearance of local news is a slow-moving disaster. | Continue reading


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Monopoly Games Helped Allied POWs Escape During World War II

Even trivial changes to a trivial board game can shift the course of history. | Continue reading


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What makes work meaningful: sense you're earning your success and serving others

“How to Build a Life” is a new column that aims to give you the tools you need to construct a life that feels whole and meaningful. | Continue reading


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WikiLeaks Exposes Internet's Dissent Tax, not Nerd Supremacy (2010)

A sociologist of technology takes on Jaron Lanier's recent Atlantic essay | Continue reading


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Covid-19 Cases Are Rising, So Why Are Deaths Flatlining?

The gap between soaring cases and falling deaths is being weaponized by the right to claim a hollow victory in the face of shameless failure. What’s really going on? | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 3 days ago

The Perils of ‘With Us or Against Us’

A healthy deliberative process needs to make room for dissent. | Continue reading


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Releasing People from Prison Is Easier Said Than Done (July 8, 2020)

As the pandemic threatens the lives of those behind bars, the country must confront a system that has never had rehabilitation as its priority. | Continue reading


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France Is Officially Color-Blind. Reality Isn’t

The country’s prestigious grandes écoles illustrate the gulf between its universal ideals and its day-to-day life. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 4 days ago

The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate

Why we need to face the best arguments from the other side | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 4 days ago

Reopening Bars Is Easy. Schools Are Difficult

Americans found out the hard way that education is essential infrastructure. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 5 days ago

J. K. Rowling Became Voldemort

The backlash against the Harry Potter creator is a growing pain of her fandom. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 5 days ago

Why China Wants Trump to Win

Four more years might present tantalizing opportunities for Beijing to expand its influence around East Asia and the world. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 6 days ago

This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster

If SARS is any lesson, the psychological effects of the novel coronavirus will long outlast the pandemic itself. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 6 days ago

The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay

Many American public-health specialists are at risk of burning out as the coronavirus surges back. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 6 days ago

Lost in the Magic Kingdom (2002)

On being kissed by a chipmunk and other perplexities of travel in Disney World | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 7 days ago

Defund Facial Recognition

I’m a second-generation Black activist, and I’m tired of being spied on by the police. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 8 days ago

Do Americans Understand How Badly They’re Doing?

In France, where I live, the virus is under control. I can hardly believe the news coming out of the United States. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 9 days ago

Going back to normal: how Iceland has dealt with the coronavirus

My wife, kids, and I left our apartment in Brooklyn for my wife’s home country of Iceland, where the coronavirus is mostly under control. What we found is what Americans will not have for a long time: ordinary life. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 9 days ago

The Boogaloo: when does a meme become a terrorist movement?

What happens when a meme becomes a terrorist movement? | Continue reading


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Scolding Beachgoers Isn't Helping

People complain that going to the shore is a careless act during a pandemic, but the science so far suggests otherwise. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 9 days ago

The Boogaloo Tipping Point

What happens when a meme becomes a terrorist movement? | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 9 days ago

Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem

In the beach towns south of Melbourne, everyone, it seems, knows someone who’s been attacked. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 10 days ago

Intentional voter suppression and unintentional suppression of the vote will collide in November. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 11 days ago

The three weeks that changed everything

Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board investigated America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 12 days ago

Season 4 of The Trump Show just doesn’t have the zest and sparkle of the previous seasons. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 12 days ago

The Decline of the American World

Other countries are used to loathing America, admiring America, and fearing America (sometimes all at once). But pitying America? That one is new. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 13 days ago

U.S. Coronavirus Testing Could Fail Again

U.S. coronavirus testing could fail again, as surging demand creates new backlogs and delays. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 13 days ago

What America Asks of Working Parents Is Impossible

More and more, the goals of being a dedicated employee and being a dedicated parent seem to be in conflict. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 13 days ago

The War on Drugs Is Far More Immoral Than Most Drug Use (2013)

A prohibitionist says libertarians dismiss moral considerations when they call for legalization. The truth is quite the opposite. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 13 days ago

A Cheap, Race-Neutral Way to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

It’s time to try baby bonds. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 13 days ago

Why the Landline Telephone Was the Perfect Tool (2012)

Rogue philosopher Ivan Illich's ideas and what they mean for the Internet age | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 13 days ago

The FBI Agents Who Return Stolen Cultural Artifacts

Figuring out who looted treasures belong to can take a whole lot of detective work. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 15 days ago

Stop Firing the Innocent

America needs a reckoning over racism. Punishing people who did not do anything wrong harms that important cause. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 16 days ago

America needs a reckoning over racism. Punishing people who did not do anything wrong harms that important cause. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 16 days ago

The Boom in Fireworks Conspiracy Theories

Paranoia about secret government plots thrives in times of uncertainty, when strange things happen, and when people are bored. This summer is a trifecta. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 16 days ago

Hypertext (2014)

The conventional history of computing leaves out some key thinkers. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 17 days ago

The Second Coronavirus Surge Is Here

The U.S. has seen more cases in the past week than in any week since the pandemic began. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 17 days ago

A Devastating New Stage of the Pandemic

The U.S. has seen more cases in the past week than in any week since the pandemic began. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 17 days ago

The Hidden History of the Laundry Chute

Stains, smells, secrets, thieves, dead bodies, and even a radioactive towel have all found their way down one. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 17 days ago

I Became a Poker Champion in One Year

One of the world’s best players taught me his unique psychological style of play—and it worked. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 19 days ago

Murder by Craigslist (2013)

A serial killer finds a newly vulnerable class of victims: white, working-class men. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 20 days ago

The Second Great Depression

At least four major factors are terrifying economists and weighing on the recovery. | Continue reading


@theatlantic.com | 20 days ago

You’re Showering Too Much

Wash your hands, but lay off the other parts. | Continue reading


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