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Trump is ushering in a dark new conservatism

In his committed mendacity, his nostalgia for the 1930s, and his acceptance of support from a foreign enemy of the United States, a Republican president has closed the door on conservatism and opened the way to a darker form of politics: a new right to replace an old one.<p>Conservatives were …

Political Science

The 25 greatest rock music documentaries of all time

Are these the greatest movies of all time? Every film to receive a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes

These House Renovations Started With Forgotten Buildings Photos

Reinvention is a constant in both architecture and interior design. No room will stay the same forever, and the same is true of a house's footprint. Architects are thinking bigger than ever in this regard. "Recycling in architecture goes far beyond the simple reuse of materials. Whole buildings, …

Most Scenic Bike Routes in the World Photos

Casual bikers love to go for a spin because the activity is a perfect blend of exercise and scenery. Added to this fact is that bike paths are typically away from busy streets, making the sport all the more serene. Yet, for those biking-enthusiasts who are not satisfied with simply hoping on their …

William Baumol, whose famous economic theory explains the modern world, has died

William Baumol — an economist who just died at the age of 95 — had a famous idea, commonly known as Baumol’s cost disease, that explains a lot about our modern world.<p>It explains why barbers make more in San Francisco than in Cleveland and why services such as health care and education keep getting …

America's Cult of Ignorance

More people are better educated than ever before, and knowledge is easier to come by. So why do we so often scorn those who plainly know more than we …

Public Health

Trump's Policies Show How Racial Division Benefits the Rich

Many Trump voters fell for an age-old con – one that makes America great only for those who have the most<p>Since the introduction of the American …

Republicans

Trump Still Hasn’t Done Very Much

Month Two: What matters and what didn’t.<p>Monday marks the end of President Donald Trump’s second month in office. And once again, it was a month dominated by news coverage of President Donald Trump.<p>He plunged into a ferocious battle over Obamacare, delivered his first speech to Congress, released …

Donald Trump

Seven key signs that Donald Trump knows nothing about economics: His vaunted expertise, like most of what he says, is BS

<b>(AP/John Locher/Getty/Salon)</b><p>From “zero GDP” to “42 percent unemployment,” Trump’s economic claims suggest profound and dangerous ignorance<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>February 20, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Donald Trump lies or talks loosely all the time about virtually everything, for a wide range of reasons. Sometimes, …

Donald Trump

The 100-year-old couple – still married, still going strong

‘We don’t know anyone else over 100. We are really oddities: two people married for 78 years, one 103, the other 100. We’ve outlived everybody. And it’s rare, I recognise that. We’re very lucky. The best I can wish you is our luck.”<p>Morrie Markoff is sitting on the sofa in his downtown Los Angeles …

Immune System

Americans aren't as attached to democracy as you might think

There is much to celebrate in the court decision against President Trump’s immigration ban. It was a stirring victory for the rule of law and reaffirmation of the independence of the judiciary. Yet America faces a serious problem which that decision did not address: the erosion of public faith in …

Political Science

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本<p>It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. …

The most exciting films of 2017: returning auteurs

Based on a True Story<p>Now 83, Roman Polanski remains firmly in the public eye, despite not having shot a film since 2013’s ropy Venus in Fur. But Carnage, released a couple of years before that, suggested there was life and fire in the old genius yet, and this one has the great advantage of being …

Timothée Chalamet

The scariest horror films, according to everyone

Our attempts to crowdsource reviews of movies in general (IMDb lists, Meteoritic user polls) aren’t always that successful because dramas, thrillers, …

These were David Bowie’s 25 favourite vinyl records

<b>The brilliant collection spans jazz, prog, proto-rap and Florence Foster Jenkins.</b><p>In 2003, <b>David Bowie</b> compiled a list of his 25 favourite vinyl …

David Bowie

The 50 Best Indie Rock Albums of the Pacific Northwest

<i>PATH OF NO RESISTANCE</i> <i><br>Pacific Northwest Indie Rock Before and After the Gold Rush</i><p>By Sean Nelson<p>The suckerest bet in the music writing racket is trying to neatly summarize a regional music scene. But due to certain quirks of history and provincial character, it’s actually pretty convenient to talk …

The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s

The 1970s was arguably the single decade of the 20th century when recorded music was most central to culture. There were, of course, fewer kinds of media competing for the average consumer’s time—television meant just a handful of channels, video games were the size of refrigerators and could be …

Pacific Ocean

The 100 best films of the 21st century, according to 177 film critics

David Lynch’s narratively non-linear, néo-noir masterpiece <i>Mulholland Drive</i> has been named the best film of the 21st century to date by 177 film …

A Fiction Reading List to Help You Understand the World Around You

Melissa Tandiwe Myambo, <i>University of California, Los Angeles</i><p>The real world is often overwhelmingly complicated. Literature can help. This is true at universities too: courses in comparative literature offer students new insights into their chosen disciplines by unlocking new, varied …

The lovely yuletide indie Christmas, Again gets every little detail right

A couple of years ago, Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd starred in a mediocre not-quite-comedy called <i>All Is Bright</i>, about a couple of former petty thieves …

Talking to Terrorists

Considering the recent attacks in Paris and other such tragedies of the last decade diplomacy is changing to take into greater account the psychology …

Northern Ireland

Way Past Pleasant: A Guide to Psychedelic Folk

British folk great Bert Jansch never really stopped making records during his half-century career, always testing the boundaries of pastoral folk with carefully considered parts that pushed beyond mere pleasantries. Still, when a cadre of young musicians connected with Jansch for his 2006 album <i>The</i> …

Mexico's migration crackdown escalates dangers for Central Americans

Jennifer Ramírez knows it would be suicide to remain in El Salvador.<p>A former member of the Barrio 18 street gang, she spent two years as a protected witness, testifying against her former associates. When the trials came to an end, she was released from protective custody to the mercy of the …

Immigration

'Disaster Capitalism' Author on Why the European Plan for Syrian Refugees Is Doomed to Fail

Journalist Antony Loewenstein on how Western capitalism hurts, not helps, disaster-stricken nations<p>Australian journalist Antony Loewenstein recently …

Papua New Guinea

Crowdfunding Meets Really Grass-Roots Economic Development

Here’s an idea: First, pinpoint what poor villagers most urgently need, then pay for it through crowdfunding.<p>About four years ago, Eric Welch accompanied a friend, a traveling nurse, on a trip to provide healthcare services to villages in Africa. What really struck him was this: While the villagers …

Municipal Government

The World Bank says giving money to entrepreneurs might be the best jobs program

The World Bank may have some new advice for developing countries: Give away millions of dollars to random entrepreneurs.<p>That’s the implication of a study on development grants (pdf) produced by the international bank’s research group, led by economist David McKenzie. In 2011, then-Nigerian finance …

World Bank

Why the UK’s Nobel Prize winner rejects foreign aid

Angus Deaton has made powerful arguments against foreign aid that expose our Government’s shallowness in the matter<p>Britain has just collected another Nobel Prize, courtesy of Angus Deaton, the Scottish-born economist. A brilliant thinker, he is the author of several breakthroughs in the way …

How a small streaming site became the Netflix for indie film

More than eight years after it launched, MUBI continues to put quality before quantity<p>In February 2007, about a month after Netflix began streaming movies online, Efe Cakarel quietly launched what would become MUBI — a video-on-demand service focused on international and independent cinema. Where …

The world economy as we know it is about to be turned on its head

The demographic 'sweet spot' is vanishing. We are on the cusp of a complete reversal, spelling the end of corporate hegemony Also<p>Workers of the world are about to get their revenge. Owners of capital will have to make do with a shrinking slice of the cake.<p>The powerful social forces that have …

Economics