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Valenti’s Accidental Truth

“Amassing professional power at the expense of other women isn’t feminism — it’s self-interest.” Jessica Valenti, normally of The Guardian, has published an article in the New York Times, The Myth of Conservative Feminism in which she re-ups an argument she has been making for a few years: feminism is not a movement for all women but for certain women. To all of the everyday feminists who say, “feminism is just about equality for women” or letting women choose their own path,

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What Next For Venezuela?

The re-election of Maduro virtually ensures Venezuela’s crisis will deepen Amid an ever-deepening economic crisis and social collapse, Venezuelans went to the polls on May 20 to vote in a national election. Despite the perilous state the nation finds itself in, the results have surprised exactly zero observers. Nicolas Maduro, the successor to and ideological acolyte of former president Hugo Chavez, ensured his re-election as the President of Venezuela thanks to certain transparently illicit constitutional and legislative changes that have effectively

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What Next For Venezuela?

The re-election of Maduro virtually ensures Venezuela’s crisis will deepen Amid an ever-deepening economic crisis and social collapse, Venezuelans went to the polls on May 20 to vote in a national election. Despite the perilous state the nation finds itself in, the results have surprised exactly zero observers. Nicolas Maduro, the successor to and ideological acolyte of former president Hugo Chavez, ensured his re-election as the President of Venezuela thanks to certain transparently illicit constitutional and legislative changes that have effectively

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Attacking The Left Helps Trump

Imagine if anti-Trump conservatives decided to actually oppose Trump rather than opposing those who have been doing so from the beginning. “It’s people on the left who are the real fascists!” If you’ve ever had an argument with a MAGA supporter or a certain type of conservative online, you’ve probably heard this talking point. Blaming Nazism on the left is a position that libertarians, the far right, and even the center right have bafflingly taken on numerous occasions. “National socialism!” they

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The Problem Isn’t Donald Trump. It’s The American Presidency.

The presidency has become too strong. We need to find ways to limit it. We’re living in a time when pundits, analysts, and scholars regularly decry the breakdown of norms occurring in the age of Donald Trump. It’s certainly true that Trump has pushed to the forefront disturbing trends in American political life, including extreme polarization and a seeming collapse of civil discourse. A sober assessment of his presidency thus far would conclude that it has been marked by the occasional legislative

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Our “occasionally” exception is EdgeOfTheSandbox.

Our “occasionally” exception is EdgeOfTheSandbox. Her “real socialism” pieces with her artistic eye and perspective from a woman raised in the Soviet Union have done well on Medium, so she writes here more than the rest of us. It is a good fit. (She has a section on the homepage.) I tend to be on Medium but at Arc Digital. Rachel Darnall is doing a big share of the book work. The first offering will be essays by her.

Iron Ladies: What We’ve Become

Sometimes a project has a mind of its own Good storytellers, when interviewed about their storytelling abilities, often mention something about letting the story or the characters rule. The author may have had plans for what a certain character would do, but as the author writes, the character develops in surprising ways, and in the end — or perhaps the middle — will not believably do what the author had planned. Wise authors know to let the character win. That’s how I feel about Iron

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The Wars on Guns, Drugs, and Terror

Three unwinnable struggles Last year, here at Arc, Nicholas Grossman addressed developments in the Trump administration’s approach to fighting what has become known as “the Forever War” — the war the United States has been fighting in Afghanistan for almost two decades now. The “Forever War” Keeps Going In doing so, Grossman also helpfully summarized significant elements of the larger global war on terror: [Trump] defines victory against the transnational jihadists of ISIS and al Qaeda as their elimination, which won’t happen. They’re manifestations

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Who’s Afraid Of The “Intellectual Dark Web”?

I have been meaning to comment on the sound and fury about Bari Weiss’s New York Times piece on the “Intellectual Dark Web,” an informal network of “heretics” and “renegades” who dissent from various progressive orthodoxies and are often sidelined by the academic and media establishment. (The term, coined by mathematician and Thiel Capital managing director Eric Weinstein, is semi-facetious.) I don’t know if I should consider myself a Dark Webizen. I’ve written for Quillette, mentioned in Weiss’s article as

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