Jedediah Purdy is Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at the Duke University School of Law.


The popularity of Suzanne Collins’s series suggests it has caught something many Americans sense: This is not the best we can do.

Forced Smile

Faking it is the new feudalism. Why the low pay and job insecurity that come with “emotional work” is creating a nation full of phonies.


Americans pride themselves on an egalitarian society open to all. But some equality and inequality exist uneasily side by side. And the U.S. has never resolved this contradiction.

The Big Idea

Operating on elitism and mystique, America’s highest court is increasingly a threat to our ideal of self-government—leading to an important debate about how to fix it.