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The Endocannabinoid Comes of Age

The Endocannabinoid Comes of Age

PICK UP THE BOOK Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America if you’re looking for a male beach book. Happy pot smokers will enjoy this counterculture celebratory hug, a Rolling Stone...

The Economics of Mad Max and Star Trek

The Economics of Mad Max and Star Trek

WE HAVE TWO OPPOSING VISIONS of the future. In one, technology has advanced so far it seems almost magic. We blithely teleport ourselves around the planet and explore distant galaxies. We manufacture ...

Violent Boycotts and the BDS Movement

Violent Boycotts and the BDS Movement

1. A BIT MORE THAN A MONTH AGO, the organizers of A Night of Philosophy — the extravagant all-night lecture series hosted by the French Consulate in New York — received an open letter protesting ...

The Fight for Frogtown

The Fight for Frogtown

All photos courtesy of LA-Más.   WHEN DAVID DE LA TORRE opens his mailbox these days, he typically finds an offer to buy his home. Once, it was hand-written. Speculators canvasing the neig...

Liberalism as Drama

Liberalism as Drama

WHY SUBTITLE A BOOK on liberalism “the life of an idea”? One might intend what histories try to do when they call themselves “biographies” — advertise themselves as accounts so animated tha...

Marginal Millennials

Marginal Millennials

THE CAMPUS SPEECH WARS have reached full saturation this year. When the Columbia Spectator recently published an op-ed by four students decrying the teaching of Ovid’s Metamorphosis because of its ...

A Torrent of Punk, Techno, and Radical Art

A Torrent of Punk, Techno, and Radical Art

ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), Europe’s largest association of hackers, transformed the facade of the Haus des Lehrers building near Berlin’s Alexanderplatz into an inter...

Writing While Muslim: The Freedom to Be Offended

Writing While Muslim: The Freedom to Be Offended

IT HAPPENED on the Paris Metro. A woman clad all in black, with a severe but striking face, sat across from me and stared. It was mid-morning, and there were few others around. For three stops at thre...

Back to the Next Great Recession

Back to the Next Great Recession

WHY DID THE GLOBAL financial crisis of 2007–2008 — so similar in its root causes, initial phases, and global spread to the upheavals of 1929–1931 — result in the stubborn and dispiriting econo...

Diving into the Wreck

Diving into the Wreck

LESTER LITTLE’s classic work on the origins of economic thought, Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe, opens with a pair of vignettes about buried treasure. In the first, a si...

Manic Pixie Drone War

Manic Pixie Drone War

MY FAVORITE PIECE of found poetry, published in The Washington Post last year, is a collection of things drone operators say before they crash an aircraft costing some $13 million dollars. Beautiful t...