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Democracy and Its Enemies

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  1. stanley4_Win McNameeGetty Images_elonmusk Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
  2. mueller41_ALBERTO PIZZOLIAFP via Getty Images_meloni ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images

    What Makes a Fascist?

    Jan-Werner Mueller explains the defining hallmarks of an otherwise shape-shifting political belief system.
  3. tyson111_Tom WilliamsCQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images_mccarthy Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

    What a Republican US Congress Would Mean

    Laura Tyson & Teresa Ghilarducci warn that a GOP midterm victory would reduce Americans’ living standards and threaten their democracy.
  4. fubini10 Anton_ meloniio MasielloGetty Images Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

    Giorgia Meloni’s Balancing Act

    Federico Fubini wonders how long Italy’s far-right prime minister can reconcile moderate policies with her voters’ demands.
  5. deaton17_ Samuel CorumGetty Images_voting Samuel Corum/Getty Images

    Who Broke American Democracy?

    Angus Deaton sees attacks on the US election system as an outgrowth of longer-running institutional failures.
  6. frankel140_Joshua LottThe Washington Post via Getty Images_republicans midterms Joshua Lott/The Washington Post via Getty Images

    Why Do Americans Vote for Extremists?

    Jeffrey Frankel tries to understand the appeal of a Republican Party dominated by election deniers and conspiracy theorists.
  7. aslan1_ATTA KENAREAFP via Getty Images_iran khamenei propaganda ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images

    The Naked Ayatollah

    Reza Aslan shows the Iranian regime’s origin story to be nothing more than a heretical power grab.
  8. pei91_WANG ZHAOAFP via Getty Images WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images

    Blowing Down the CPC’s House of Cards

    Minxin Pei sees in Xi Jinping’s confirmation to a third presidential term the hollowness of China’s post-Mao rules.
  9. buruma192_JONATHAN NACKSTRANDAFP via Getty Images_sweden democrats JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images

    Hide the Swastikas

    Ian Buruma examines the renaissance and governing prospects of Europe’s far-right political parties.
  1. mcnamee3_ AMY OSBORNEAFP via Getty Images_twitter AMY OSBORNE/AFP via Getty Images

    Disrupting the Disruptors

    Roger McNamee considers what new economic conditions mean for an industry whose growth (and misbehavior) defined an era.
  2. basu86_ Stu ForsterGetty Images_world cup Stu Forster/Getty Images

    When Voters Become Fans

    Kaushik Basu thinks deepening polarization has given the lie to a longstanding assumption about electoral politics.
  3. desalegn1_ KHALED DESOUKIAFP via Getty Images_biodiversity KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images

    Africa’s Responsibility to Protect Biodiversity

    Hailemariam Desalegn urges the continent’s leaders to unite behind a shared conservation agenda, beginning at COP15.
  4. sierakowski91_Omar MarquesGetty Images_ukrainian refugees Omar Marques/Getty Images

    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
  5. vives17_ Leon NealGetty Images_ftx Leon Neal/Getty Images

    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
  7. nye236_SAUL LOEBAFP via Getty Images_biden xi SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
  8. op_livingston1_Anna MoneymakerGetty Images_fed Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
  9. pisaniferry140_Sean GallupGetty Images_cop27 Sean GallupGetty Images

    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.

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