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Roundup



  • The Context of the New History Wars is Our Missing Sense of a Shared Past

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    Grievances over secular issues like teaching racism have replaced Christian concerns over evolution and prayer in the battles over curriculum. Have advocates of progressive curricula opened the door to this attack by undermining a shared national historical narrative? 



  • What Justice Kavanaugh Gets Wrong About the Court and Politics

    by William E. Nelson

    At the founding, the idea that the law was distinct from politics had not yet emerged. Since then, courts have often intervened in political matters, and doing so often prevented worse outcomes. 



  • History Exposes the Fraud of Marco Rubio's Populism

    by Sean Wilentz

    The Florida senator engaged with an ingnominious tradition of disparaging expertise and knowledge as "elitist" when he condemned a meeting between President Biden and a number of historians, including the author. 



  • Treating Citizens as Consumers Results in One-Sided Fed Decisions

    by Suzanne Kahn

    A set of political choices over the course of the 20th century placed the concerns of consumers over those of workers. While most Americans fit both roles, this priority leaves a great deal of racial inequality in place. 



  • Salman Rushdie Changed Everything

    by Siva Vaidhyanathan

    The novelist's creative brilliance and critical acclaim signaled a moment for south Asian people around the world to see themselves outside the frame of colonialism and to grapple with the subcontinent's ethnic and religious fissures. 



  • Monkeypox is a Failure to Learn from HIV-AIDS Activists

    by Dan

    Attention to messaging – efforts to advise communities of gay men at risk of infection without stigma – has hidden a deeper message of AIDS activism in the 1980s: demands for an equitable and affordable health care system. 



  • "Phantom Catholic Threats" Haunt Ireland's National Maternity Hospital

    by Máiréad Enright

    Secular Irish health advocates fear that a partnership between the state and religious charities to operate the national maternity hospital will impose limits on care, including abortion access. Is this justified or a case of finding "nuns under the bed"? 



  • How to Fight Inflation Without Interest Rate Hikes and Recession

    by Meg Jacobs and Isabella M. Weber

    The history of World War II price controls shows that it is possible to fight inflation without imposing recession, if controls are targeted and backed by concerted effort to win political support.