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The Trouble With Sweeping Questions About the Internet

Pundits and scholars too often phrase queries that miss the point: The transformative power of any technology relies first on underlying human forces.<p>“Can the cellphone help end global poverty?”<p>“Can Facebook promoteworld peace?”<p>“Can the Internet defeat Putin?”<p>Those are headlines from some recent …

Activism

Hunter S. Thompson on Letterman, 11/25/88

The Alternate Histories of Mario Cuomo

The three-term New York governor famously passed both on a bid for the presidency and a seat on the Supreme Court. What might have been?<p>The tributes to Mario Cuomo remember him as a three-term governor of New York and the voice of late-20th-century Democratic liberalism, a politician whose talents …

Government

The NYPD's Insubordination—and Why the Right Should Oppose It

The virtual work stoppage unfolding in New York City illustrates one of several ways that powerful police unions can threaten public safety as they seek political leverage.<p>In New York City, "NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following …