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A Long, Complicated War

A Long, Complicated War

MATT GALLAGHER kept an irreverent and controversial blog during his 15-month deployment to the outskirts of Baghdad, and when he got home from Iraq in the spring of 2009, he turned it into a book. Tha...

On Bureaucracy and the Left

On Bureaucracy and the Left

I’VE WANTED TO read a book like David Graeber’s The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy for a long time. Like me, Graeber believes bureaucratic solutions ...

Reading the Middle East

Reading the Middle East

ISRAEL IS NOT QUITE the size of New Jersey. The occupied West Bank is slightly smaller than Delaware. And the Gaza Strip is a bit more than twice the size of Washington, DC. Yet this region occupies a...

Oscar López Rivera and the Cabanillas

Oscar López Rivera and the Cabanillas

Image: 70-year-old Oscar López Rivera (source: 80grados, under Creative Commons license)   FOR ALMOST four years now, I have worn a shirt bearing the legend Libertad Oscar López Rivera Ah...

Writing Is Not Terrorism, Mr. President

Writing Is Not Terrorism, Mr. President

MANY HAVE SAID IT before me. I will say it again: I am not a terrorist. Why I have to defend myself follows. At the invitation of five distinguished US universities and one literary review, I applied...

A Very British Hatchet Job

A Very British Hatchet Job

BETWEEN 1790 AND 1793, William Blake, then living on Hercules Road in South London, composed The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. A manifesto that took its political inspiration from the revolutionary fer...

On Algorithmic Communism

On Algorithmic Communism

IN THE NEXT FEW DECADES, your job is likely to be automated out of existence. If things keep going at this pace, it will be great news for capitalism. You’ll join the floating global surplus populat...

Strange Behavior

Strange Behavior

IF THE LAPD can hold out for another few days, Miguel Angel Cano, aged 34, will retain the unwanted honor of being the second-to-last man killed by the department in 2015. They’re up to 20 for the ...

Syria and Surrealism

Syria and Surrealism

WISHFUL THINKING is the essence of Barack Obama’s Syria policy. In lieu of decisive action, the president opted for brave words. He has drawn red lines that he wasn’t willing to enforce. With no s...

The Politics Behind the Original “Star Wars”

The Politics Behind the Original “Star Wars”

IN 1977, STAR WARS transformed the Hollywood blockbuster not just financially, but in the way it affected popular culture. From toys to Star Wars disco music, to cosplay (costume play) and beyond, Ge...

Dr. Ben Carson, Thug Life, and Malcolm X

Dr. Ben Carson, Thug Life, and Malcolm X

BEN CARSON just ain’t the phenomenon he was a few weeks ago. Still, at this moment in America, he’s both more and less than history. The credibility crisis occasioned by allegations that the neuro...