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Democracy and Its Enemies

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  1. stanley4_Win McNameeGetty Images_elonmusk Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
  2. mueller41_ALBERTO PIZZOLIAFP via Getty Images_meloni ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images

    What Makes a Fascist?

    Jan-Werner Mueller explains the defining hallmarks of an otherwise shape-shifting political belief system.
  3. tyson111_Tom WilliamsCQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images_mccarthy Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

    What a Republican US Congress Would Mean

    Laura Tyson & Teresa Ghilarducci warn that a GOP midterm victory would reduce Americans’ living standards and threaten their democracy.
  4. fubini10 Anton_ meloniio MasielloGetty Images Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

    Giorgia Meloni’s Balancing Act

    Federico Fubini wonders how long Italy’s far-right prime minister can reconcile moderate policies with her voters’ demands.
  5. deaton17_ Samuel CorumGetty Images_voting Samuel Corum/Getty Images

    Who Broke American Democracy?

    Angus Deaton sees attacks on the US election system as an outgrowth of longer-running institutional failures.
  6. frankel140_Joshua LottThe Washington Post via Getty Images_republicans midterms Joshua Lott/The Washington Post via Getty Images

    Why Do Americans Vote for Extremists?

    Jeffrey Frankel tries to understand the appeal of a Republican Party dominated by election deniers and conspiracy theorists.
  7. aslan1_ATTA KENAREAFP via Getty Images_iran khamenei propaganda ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images

    The Naked Ayatollah

    Reza Aslan shows the Iranian regime’s origin story to be nothing more than a heretical power grab.
  8. pei91_WANG ZHAOAFP via Getty Images WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images

    Blowing Down the CPC’s House of Cards

    Minxin Pei sees in Xi Jinping’s confirmation to a third presidential term the hollowness of China’s post-Mao rules.
  9. buruma192_JONATHAN NACKSTRANDAFP via Getty Images_sweden democrats JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images

    Hide the Swastikas

    Ian Buruma examines the renaissance and governing prospects of Europe’s far-right political parties.
  1. pisaniferry140_Sean GallupGetty Images_cop27 Sean GallupGetty Images

    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
  2. haldar15_ Tayfun CoskunAnadolu Agency via Getty Images_twitter Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

  5. berkley13_Tafadzwa UfumeliGetty Images_covax vaccines Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images

    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
  6. patten147_ Leon NealGetty Images_sunak Leon Neal/Getty Images

    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
  7. johnson156_LOIC VENANCEAFP via Getty Images LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images

    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
  8. sheng131Jiang QimingChina News Service via Getty Images_pboc Jiang Qiming/China News Service via Getty Images

    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
  9. borrell18_ Muhammed Emin CanikAnadolu Agency via Getty Images_borrellargentina Muhammed Emin Canik/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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