The Garden of Forking Paths
The Lost Art of the Ideal and the Cycle of Futility
In modern discourse, we focus on the politics of the possible, with a sense of futility about real, positive change. It's time to say what we really…
Representation and the Power of Randomness
A natural experiment with political lotteries points to the benefits of ensuring that candidates fully represent the demographics of their communities.
A Tale of Two D-Day Cemeteries
Reflections, for Memorial Day, on my recent trip to the American — and German — military cemeteries in Normandy.
The Case for Pro-Democracy Rituals
Pro-democracy movements are missing a key political tool that authoritarian movements have perfected: the power of ritual. It's time to fight back.
Evolution and Our Obsession with True Crime
Sociological theories try to explain why true crime has such a grip on modern culture. But the best explanation may be hidden in the evolutionary…
Who Supports Political Violence in America?
A new political science study looks at the traits of people who support political violence in the United States. They develop a "political violence…
"Knowingness" and the Politics of Ignorance
Much ink has been spilled about "polarization." Most of it ignores a major cause: the widespread, misplaced faith that we already know that which we do…
Why Psychopaths Rise / Ask Me Anything
Why are psychopaths so effective at getting power? Will Trump be indicted for federal crimes? Is 81 too old to be president? And is there a better…
The Billion Dollar Shack
Nauru, a tiny little belly button nation in the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean, is the most interesting island you've never heard of.
Billionaires and the Evolution of Overconfidence
To understand billionaires, you need to understand horizontal inequality, illusory control, self-selection bias, quantified self-worth, and the…
How Trump Could Win
Donald Trump is deeply unpopular outside his base and is facing multiple criminal investigations that could land him in jail. But...he could also win…
How Germs Shaped History
Humans fill our history pages with tales of grand strategies, pivotal battles, and deliberate choices of leaders. But we are often just the playthings…
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