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The Church of Trump

At the president’s rallies, his devotees find the relief of belonging—and something more, besides.<p>Two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, in late January 2016, the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced to an audience in Sioux Center: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and …

Donald Trump

The Stock Market Is Shrinking. That’s a Problem for Everyone.

The American stock market has been shrinking. It’s been happening in slow motion — so slow you may not even have noticed. But by now the change is unmistakable: The market is half the size of its mid-1990s peak, and 25 percent smaller than it was in 1976.<p>“This is troubling for the economy, for …

Stock Markets

The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

Fairy tale or American horror story: Could be either, who can say?<p>Have you heard the one about this guy in California? He’s unemployed right now, and …

Baby Showers

The Dangerous Insufficiency of ‘No Means No’

Again and again, #MeToo stories have involved men who are skilled at respecting the letter of the law—and much worse at respecting the spirit.<p>There is an approach to the giving of constructive criticism that is sometimes referred to, in the corporate world and beyond, as a compliment sandwich. The …

Sexual Harassment

Your Obsession With Cognitive Biases Is Probably Making You Dumber

A little knowledge of cognitive biases can be a dangerous thing, argues one behavioral scientist.<p>Thanks to the popularity of books like <i>Nudge</i>, as well as the Nobel Committee's recognition of behavioral scientists Daniel Kahneman and Richard Thaler, cognitive biases are having a bit of a moment. …

Critical Thinking

Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here's why | Robert Reich

Starting in the 1980s and with increasing ferocity since then, private-sector employers have fought against unions<p>The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year.<p>But …

Income Inequality

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Mathematics

How To Fix Stagnant Wages: Dump The World's Dumbest Idea

We’re all drunks looking under the lamppost.”<br>—Aviv Nevo, professor of economics, University of Pennsylvania, speaking at the European Central Bank’s annual gathering of leading economists in Sintra, Portugal.<p>Today’s <i>New York Times</i> tells us that wages should be rising, since we live in a world in …

Economics

How the West became a self-obsessed culture

A new book explores the history of individualism in the West.<p>America has a narcissism problem.<p>This was the conclusion of a recent study published in the journal <i>Psychological Science</i>, in which researchers polled just under 3,000 Americans across 50 states and found that many of them have an outsize …

Facts don’t change people’s minds. Here’s what does

If you had asked me this question – How do you change a mind? – two years ago, I would have given you a different answer.<p>As a former scientist, I …

Sucking carbon out of the air won’t solve climate change

But it might fill in a few key pieces of the clean energy puzzle.<p>Climate change is caused by putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. What if, instead, we took it out?<p>The idea of pulling carbon dioxide directly out of the air has been bouncing around climate change policy circles for well over a …

The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation

The machine age is changing the nature of work. In the process, it is also transforming buildings, and making them less hospitable for human use.<p>On June 27, 1967, a Barclays bank in Enfield, London, debuted what is widely regarded as the first automatic teller machine, or ATM. The machine dispensed …

Customers

White People Are Noticing Something New: Their Own Whiteness

Being white in America has long been treated, at least by white people, as too familiar to be of much interest. It’s been the default identity, the cultural wallpaper — something described, when described at all, using bland metaphors like milk and vanilla and codes like “cornfed” and …

Race & Ethnicity

Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling

As boys grow up, the process of becoming men encourages them to shed the sort of intimate connections and emotional intelligence that add meaning to life.<p>In hindsight, our son was gearing up to wear a dress to school for quite some time. For months, he wore dresses—or his purple-and-green mermaid …

Parenting

I am a liberal. But I know Democrats in office are no better than Republicans | Alice Dreger

I launched a local paper to hold power to account, even when those in power lean as far left as I do<p>The problem I have with liberals in government is the same as the problem I have with conservatives: they’re human.<p>Allow me to explain.<p>Related: The biggest risk to American journalism isn't posed by …

Journalism

China is taking digital control of its people to unprecedented and chilling lengths | John Naughton

The Chinese government’s unsettling new system will see citizens rated by ‘good deeds’<p>Watching Donald Trump trying to deal with China is like watching a clown dancing in front of an elephant. The US president’s entire approach is transactional – the methodology he employed in his allegedly …

China

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn't Care About Your Big Bills

Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn't make sense.<p>His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He had iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He had pushed his 49-year-old body, limping and wincing, …

Health Care

The Shrunken Place: Why I Can’t Laugh at This Viral Video

I had been sent the link by multiple friends, who just knew it would be right up my “awww” alley. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a little girl telling …

Income inequality is changing how we think, live, and die

Why society might be more stable if we had more poverty and less inequality.<p>Researcher Keith Payne has found something surprising: When people flying coach are forced to walk past the pampered first-class flyers in the front of the plane, the likelihood of some sort of air rage incident rises …

Microbiomania: what we actually know about the human microbiome

Lance Armstrong may not have tried it, but poo doping is the new item of discussion on the performance enhancement menu.<p>It turns out elite cyclists …

For many evangelicals, Jerusalem is about prophecy, not politics

<b>(CNN) —</b> As I watched Donald Trump announce that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move our embassy to that city, I could only think of one thing: my high school youth group Bible study.<p>I know that sounds odd. Especially coming from a liberal Episcopalian like me. …

Duke University

Trump’s foreign policy looks a lot like Rapture Christians’ plan to welcome the apocalypse

In 1995, the US Congress voted to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. But until Donald Trump, presidents both Republican and Democratic resisted implementing the move, worried it could set off deadly violence. Yesterday, Trump’s advisors and family members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner finally …

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich

When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale. Six in …

Why Winners Keep Winning

On Cumulative Advantage and How to Think About LuckPhoto: PxHereIn the late 1970s the view in the publishing world was that an author should never …

A broken idea of sex is flourishing. Blame capitalism | Rebecca Solnit

In this world, women are marketed as toys and trophies. Are we surprised when some men take things literally?<p>Since the Toronto bloodbath, a lot of pundits have belatedly awoken to the existence of the “incel” (short for involuntary celibate) online subculture and much has been said about it. Too …

Feminism

Schneiderman’s Downfall Puts a Spotlight on Men, Alcohol and Violence

A few days ago, while searching online for a clip from a recent episode of “Saturday Night Live,’’ I came upon an ad that, for the first time in my history of using YouTube as a procrastination device, compelled me to keep watching. In it, a woman in a sleeveless fuchsia dress, with a disposition …

Why Do I Get Migraines? There’s A Surprising Biological Reason You Get These Headaches, A Study Says

Migraines are a highly unpleasant experience in about fifteen different ways. Migraines are the third most common illness in the world, behind tooth …

The headache of adapting to the cold, literally: Eurasian human populations carry a genetic variant in the gene responsible for cold sensation that is associated with migraine headaches

Eurasian human populations carry a genetic variant in the gene responsible for cold sensation that is associated with migraine headaches<p>A common …