If you work for a billionaire, you should never be laid off
Why is Jeff Bezos giving pink slips to anyone at the Washington Post?
Confidence is no virtue
A lot of awful people should believe in themselves much less.
Disabled, athletic, and not trying to inspire anybody
Heroic tales of disabled athletes celebrate the exceptional, and exclude those who are simply trying to compete.
It is perfectly moral to bring children into a shitty world
We will not defeat climate change by having less of a stake in the future.
The future is four wheels, cyclists be damned
Cars are pushing out bikes and pedestrians to the applause of the influential and powerful.
To Gene, on death row
For almost 20 years, the charity Human Writes has fostered connection between American death row inmates and British pen pals.
Welcome to college, you can probably get away with cheating
When students become customers, it’s much harder to enforce academic honesty.
The problem with group therapy
While the practice can have tangible, even life-changing benefits, its negative outcomes go underreported.
The police avoid requests for their records by simply not keeping any
The futility of open-records requests makes it difficult, if not impossible, for journalists to report on aspects of the criminal justice system.
Yaaas the literal Queen
Deepest apologies, but Britain’s withered avatar of unaccountable power and plunder is not a sassy bitch.
Shakesville’s unravelling and the not-so-golden age of blogging
Everyone loves to remember how blogs were so much better than social media, but the truth is a bit more complicated.
We should all be reading more Ursula Le Guin
Her novels imagine other worlds, but her theory of fiction can help us better live in this one.
The myth of the “empathy machine”
Virtual reality management training is the latest development in the modern history of feeling better about capitalism.
One nation under God, even if you don’t want to be
How the Christian dominionist movement is influencing government policy.
Much ado about Greta
Why does one Swedish teenager manage to drive so many pundits off the deep end?
We work to maintain the fiction of venture capital
The business press is casually credulous when it comes to reporting on flashy, big-money companies.
Unfulfilled at the Amazon tour
The tech behemoth recently opened its doors so visitors could see for themselves how happy and not-dead its workers are.
The fight to make soccer less fun
The Video Assisted Referee is transforming soccer. It is also revealing some of the deepest contradictions about the ways we think about law, power, and politics.
We the undersigned would like philosophy to remain quite useless
A recent op-ed in the ‘New York Times’ argues, foolishly, that philosophy is in danger of becoming too political.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the only wonder our world has produced
If you want to judge a society, judge it by its trash.