Why the mainstream news, and not social media or Donald Trump, is the greatest threat to American democracy today.

An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while a crowd of Trump supporters gathers in front of the Capitol building in Washington DC, 6th January 2020. Leah Millis / Reuters

“Ever his whispering was in your ears, poisoning your thought, chilling your heart, weakening your limbs, while others watched and could do nothing, for your will was in his keeping.”


Even during the darkest of times, there’s been hope.

Maria Sole, age 4, dressed in a nurse’s outfit, holds up a rainbow drawing with the words “Thank You” on it as NHS staff and members of the public took part in the weekly “Clap for Our Carers” event at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital on May 28, 2020, in London. Dan Kitwood/Getty

If we want more people to devote their energy to making progress against large global problems, we should make sure that more people know that it is possible to make progress against such problems.

@MaxCRoser


How Donald Trump pioneered the never-ending fireside rant, and made sure none of us could ever look away.

In Internet slang, a troll is a person who intentionally upsets people by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing unrelated discussions, either for the troll’s amusement or a specific gain.

Urban Dictionary (2020)


The coronavirus pandemic has set off the most devastating downturn in the industry’s 150-year history, one from which, ultimately, it may never recover.

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Why the coronavirus pandemic offers us an escape from a much bigger mess.

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“When this is all over.”


How the pandemic exposes the limits of our economic and political imaginations.

“Nobody saw it coming.


Losing the plot, and charting a new course in the time of coronavirus

Volunteers thank members of a medical assistance team at a ceremony marking their departure after helping with the coronavirus recovery effort, in Wuhan, China, on March 19, 2020. Stringer/AFP via Getty Images


The debate over Automageddon is a distraction from the main event

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The untold story of one of the most successful global health interventions of all time.

An activist health worker administers a polio vaccination to a child in Aleppo in 2014. Image credit: Hosam Katan/Reuters


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At the start of every disaster movie, there’s a scientist being ignored.

Angus Hervey

From Melbourne and Cape Town, with love. Political economist and journalist, and co-founder of futurecrun.ch

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