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Around the stadium, gladiators draped in silver armor and wielding swords rush at each other. In the stands above, thousands of Roman citizens cheer for their favorites and jeer at those they like least. On the side of this orchestrated chaos stands ...

Dusk of Democracy, Part One

Around the stadium, gladiators draped in silver armor and wielding swords rush at each other. In the stands above, thousands of Roman citizens cheer for their favorites and jeer at those they like least. On the side of this orchestrated chaos stands ...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s career has been mired in controversy. He is the subject of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation, the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the State Bar of Texas, and was impeached by the GOP-controlled sta...

The Texan Trump

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s career has been mired in controversy. He is the subject of an ongoing Department of Justice investigation, the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the State Bar of Texas, and was impeached by the GOP-controlled sta...

Even as the national Republican Party nurtures a strong sect of climate denialists, Republican-dominated Southeastern states have been quietly courting the electric vehicle (EV) market. It is a daunting task considering increased polarization around ...

Green Wave Meets Crimson Tide

Even as the national Republican Party nurtures a strong sect of climate denialists, Republican-dominated Southeastern states have been quietly courting the electric vehicle (EV) market. It is a daunting task considering increased polarization around ...

Kids have always wanted to grow up quicker and seem older sooner, and in today’s world, that means emulating influencers. This is why we see ten-year-olds storming Sephora storefronts around the United States in search of Drunk Elephant skincare an...

The Parasocial Network

Kids have always wanted to grow up quicker and seem older sooner, and in today’s world, that means emulating influencers. This is why we see ten-year-olds storming Sephora storefronts around the United States in search of Drunk Elephant skincare an...

Why are you going to college? Ask a panel of 18-year-olds that question, and you’re likely to get a wide variety of responses. Some might cite earnings data and describe the returns to various degrees. Others may lean on the fond memories of their ...

An Abandoned Aristocracy

Why are you going to college? Ask a panel of 18-year-olds that question, and you’re likely to get a wide variety of responses. Some might cite earnings data and describe the returns to various degrees. Others may lean on the fond memories of their ...

Automaking was once the crown jewel of the US economy. While East Asian companies started manufacturing cheaper products in the 1980s, a long history of Western dominance, technological edge, and protectionist policies limited Asian automaking expans...

Losing Charge

Automaking was once the crown jewel of the US economy. While East Asian companies started manufacturing cheaper products in the 1980s, a long history of Western dominance, technological edge, and protectionist policies limited Asian automaking expans...

In the spring of 2020, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, United States policymakers were confronted with an economic challenge unlike anything they had ever seen before. Unemployment spiked to 14.8 percent, its highest level since the ...

Keep the Cash Flowing

In the spring of 2020, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, United States policymakers were confronted with an economic challenge unlike anything they had ever seen before. Unemployment spiked to 14.8 percent, its highest level since the ...

Last winter, two men awaiting sentencing at Rikers Island—a jail complex infamous for neglecting to provide critical medical care to its inmates—underwent elective weight-loss surgeries. Luis Perez and David Mustiga had both been recruited by Bel...

Weighing the Options

Last winter, two men awaiting sentencing at Rikers Island—a jail complex infamous for neglecting to provide critical medical care to its inmates—underwent elective weight-loss surgeries. Luis Perez and David Mustiga had both been recruited by Bel...

A small house in Spring, Texas, worth $42,000, flooded 19 times due to heavy rain. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) covered repairs for each of those floods, costing a whopping $912,732—over 20 times the value of the house itself. About ...

Drowning in Risk

A small house in Spring, Texas, worth $42,000, flooded 19 times due to heavy rain. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) covered repairs for each of those floods, costing a whopping $912,732—over 20 times the value of the house itself. About ...

Recently, I took a morning walk by the Quiet Green, where a great ball and chain lie as a physical representation of Brown University’s complicity in the transatlantic slave trade. I still vividly remember my first-year discussion of the Slavery an...

Political Responsibility and Divestment

Recently, I took a morning walk by the Quiet Green, where a great ball and chain lie as a physical representation of Brown University’s complicity in the transatlantic slave trade. I still vividly remember my first-year discussion of the Slavery an...