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Thor: Ragnarok, a Liberal Allegory

Thor: Ragnarok, a Liberal Allegory

The character of Thor offers a model for how the heirs of privilege can move forward to a more just world. When Thor learns of the destructive history of Asgard…

Intersectional Liberalism

Intersectional Liberalism

The basic point of intersectionality is that our lives are shaped in various ways by our identities — both those self-imposed and those externally imposed — and further that these identities…

The Game Theory of Why We Should Believe Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

The Game Theory of Why We Should Believe Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

The importance of believing the victims of sexual misconduct prior to, and even in lieu of, hard evidence in support of their allegations has become something close to a consensus…

What, To an American, Is the National Anthem?

What, To an American, Is the National Anthem?

Has football been politicized to the point of ruin…

Steve Bannon, Minister of Propaganda

Steve Bannon, Minister of Propaganda

Steve Bannon’s firing from the administration does not nullify him as a political danger…

How Hot Takes Expand Our Capabilities

How Hot Takes Expand Our Capabilities

Hot take culture expands the resources available for improving our understanding…

Partisanship, Popper, and Painfully Hot Takes

Partisanship, Popper, and Painfully Hot Takes

Here’s something I’m ashamed of: Sometimes when I see a movie or read a novel and I’m not sure how to react, I search…

Social Justice for Mortals

Social Justice for Mortals

The insistence that corporations can only have cynical motives sabotages our ability to use social scaffolding for the ends of social justice. So what if entrepreneurs target minority markets initially…

Sorry, Pepsi Haters, But Social Justice Needs Capitalism

Sorry, Pepsi Haters, But Social Justice Needs Capitalism

Last week’s backlash to the Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner and an army of hipster-looking protesters was fast and fierce…