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Toward a Real-Life Zootopia
How a fuller conception of freedom can help humans and others coexist.
Dayton Martindale
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View of the Swamp from Across the Pond
As the U.K. barrels toward Brexit, Trump provides Britain with another bizarre spectacle.
Jane Miller
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The Best Police Money Can Buy
In the Fox series APB, police misconduct doesn't exist, and privatization and technology can fix any problem.
Kristian Williams
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Girl, You’ll Be a Cannibal Soon
A new French horror film explores identity, coming of age and the various temptations of the flesh.
Michael Atkinson
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Brexit From the Side of a Volcano
Contemplating capitalism and democracy in the Canary Islands.
Jane Miller
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How Today’s White Middle Class Was Made Possible By Welfare
Whites, angered at blacks and immigrants receiving "government handouts," forget they were lifted out of poverty through racially exclusive welfare programs in the 30s.
Margaret Garb
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George Saunders’ New Novel Follows Abraham Lincoln’s Son to a Buddhist Afterlife
In his first full-length novel, the short story virtuoso weaves U.S. history with the otherworldly.
Chris Lehmann
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Don’t Be Fooled By the Trump Spat—The CIA Is Not Your Friend
A new book reminds us that the CIA is one of history's great purveyors of fake news.
Branko Marcetic
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Meet the Folkestones
A small British town that voted for Brexit.
Jane Miller
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Asghar Farhadi Is One of the Most Important Directors Working Today—And Trump Has Banned Him
The Iranian filmmaker's masterful, Oscar-nominated The Salesman shows the futility of progressives trying to tolerantly endure repressive regimes.
Michael Atkinson
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Neoliberalism, Cranked up to 11
Jonathan Coe's Number 11 offers a bleak portrait of what Britain has become.
Chris Lehmann
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Reflections on Barack Obama: A Great and Disappointing President
Hope, change and the limits of the office.
Salim Muwakkil
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What We Can Learn From the Pacifist Movement Against World War I
Although they failed to keep us out of the war, they organized effectively in conditions frighteningly similar to our own.
Theo Anderson
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We Hunted Down the 10 Best Films of 2016
From the Iranian mystery Fireworks Wednesday to the German black comedy Toni Erdmann, this year's stand-out films were far off the beaten path.
Michael Atkinson
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The High Priest of the Church of Trump
How Stephen Bannon is using evangelical narratives to spread the gospel of Trumpism.
Theo Anderson
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The First Hippies
The new book Rebel Crossings showcases a small band of feminist utopians who came to America to try something new.
Jane Miller
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CNN’s New Book Is a Master Class in How Not to Cover an Election
The news network's instant retrospective on the Trump-Clinton race is as vacuous as their initial coverage was.
Chris Lehmann
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This Christmas, Go See a German Comedy About Consulting. No, Really.
Filmmaker Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann takes a wise and whimsical look at the struggles women face in the corporate world.
Michael Atkinson
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The Android Manifesto: Finding Marx in Westworld
The HBO drama is a surprisingly astute tale of alienated labor and false consciousness.
Eileen Jones
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Dissident-Poet on the Lam: A New Film Captures Pablo Neruda’s Year as a Fugitive
Pablo Larrain's Neruda follows the love-poet-cum-Communist-dissident in a cat-and-mouse chase with the Chilean government.
Michael Atkinson
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The Problem With Cancer Memoirs
Popular accounts ignore the underlying race and class dynamics that determine vulnerability to the disease.
Margaret Garb
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Sci-Fi Iraq: Authors Envision Their Country in 2103, a Century After the U.S. Invasion
In a new collection, Iraqi writers explore their nation's future, and ridicule their former occupiers.
M. Lynx Qualey
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Brexit, Trump and What We’ve Failed To Learn From the 1930s
Perhaps dark undercurrents rest beneath every society, waiting for a depression or a demagogue to unleash them.
Jane Miller
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Thomas Friedman’s Latest Book Is a Tour Through His Troubled, Neoliberal Mind
We read 500 pages of corporate platitudes and ungainly metaphor so you don't have to.
Chris Lehmann
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