Let’s Be Friends
Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker
Barack Obama and Bill Clinton reconcile.
Freddie DeBoer, The New Inquiry
Liberal pundits are surprisingly radical in their critiques of American meritocracy. But their material comfort and proximity to power forces them to support deeply inadequate policies.
The Education of Elizabeth Warren
Monica Potts, The American Prospect
Supporters of the Massachusetts Dem thought she had a lock on Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat. But the campaign has proved that’s far from true.
31 Shocks Later
Jennifer Gonnerman, New York
Andre McCollins’s mother thought she’d finally found the right school for her son—one equipped to treat his behavioral and developmental problems. Then she took a closer look at that treatment.
Born This Way
Cord Jefferson, Gawker
Scientists are increasingly convinced that pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation. Can society deal with the truth?
How to Read Žižek
Adam Kotsko, Los Angeles Review of Books
Dismissing the popular philosopher Slavoj Žižek as both clownish and politically dangerous has become a ritual. But his critics are unwittingly demonstrating his theories.
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