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TECHNOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
IDEAS | COLIN WOODARD
Maine can finally get out of Massachusetts’ shadow
The state has never quite shaken off its legacy as a colony of Boston. But the pandemic might speed a transformation of Maine’s economy and outlook.
Why Beethoven still endures
Even after 250 years, he stands alone as ‘the most admired composer in the history of Western music.’
Three nations could rule the world together if they wanted
China, Japan, and South Korea could brush the United States aside — if they could only get past centuries of conflict.
IDEAS | William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen
The flaws in the reparations bill
A commission that investigates restitution for the descendants of slaves should be constrained by some key principles.
IDEAS | JOHN G. TURNER
The Pilgrims would agree: Cancel Thanksgiving this year
Instead of observing a fixed date on the calendar, we could wait until more blessings have returned.
IDEAS | TIMOTHY SNYDER
Trump’s big election lie pushes America toward autocracy
Clinging to power by claiming you are the victim of internal enemies is a very dangerous tactic. Don’t underestimate where this can go.
IDEAS | ROBERT ZARETSKY
Joe Biden, meet Charles de Gaulle
When France was liberated in 1945, its new president had to choose between incremental reforms and revolutionary changes. The path he chose is instructive now.
IDEAS | JASON SOKOL
The GOP can redeem itself, beginning in Massachusetts
State Republicans like Charlie Baker have two options: lead the way in rebuking Trumpist nonsense or let their party slide into irrelevance.
Job 1 for the next president: Bind up the wounds of a polarized nation
Americans must relearn how to disagree without being disagreeable.
IDEAS | DAVID SCHARFENBERG
Despite everything, ‘Bowling Alone’ author Robert Putnam is bullish on America
The last time the country was this low, American society restored itself. A new book argues that we can do so again.