30 Great Articles and Essays about Politics
The best political articles and essays -- Short articles and essays on politics by the world's best writers
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How American Politics Went Insane by Jonathan Rauch
It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse...
The End of the Anglo-American Order by Ian Buruma
For decades, the United States and Britain’s vision of democracy and freedom defined the postwar world. What will happen in an age of Donald Trump and Brexit?
The Ruthlessly Effective Rebranding of Europe’s New Far Right by Sasha Polakow-Suransky
Across the continent, rightwing populist parties have seized control of the political conversation
Living Like A Liberal by Matt Labash
It's hard work, politicizing your whole life
How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich by Tim Dickinson
The Republicans relentless agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent
Inside the Machine
The Lie Factory by Jill Lepore
How politics became a business.
Insider Baseball by Joan Didion
An inside look at the 1988 presidential campaign deconstructs the self-reflexive world of the American political process.
Inside Dope by David Grann
"The Note is a kind of Skull and Bones for the political class, written in a runic argot that is often incomprehensible to outsiders."
David Gergen, Master of The Game by Michael Kelly
The rise of Washington's original spin doctor.
Magic Mountain by Nick Paumgarten
Find out what really goes down at Davos.
Why Vote? by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt
A swiss turnout-boosting experiment
Undecided Voters by David Sedaris
"Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?"
Obama's Way by Michael Lewis
The reality of presidential life
My President Was Black by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next
Who Was Milton Friedman? by Paul Krugman
A profile of the architect of neo-liberalism
Homelands by Stephan Faris
An argument for open global immigration
Hecho en América by Jeanne Marie Laskas
It's easy to have an opinion about immigration, and easier to forget that people — actual people — pick our food
Google, Democracy and the Truth about Internet Search by Carole Cadwalladr
Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down by Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus
Did data decide the election?
Masters of the Universe Go to Camp by Philip Weiss
Head inside the Bohemian Grove to find out what the world's most powerful men do at summer camp
Why Are British Sex Scandals So Much Better than Ours? by James Wolcott
Comparing Washington sex scandals with those of Britain's political class is enough to cause any red-blooded American to blush with shame
40 Great Articles about Money
Great writing about how money, Wall St. and the financial crisis
25 Great Articles about War
The best war reporting and military analysis
10 Great Articles about Evil
People do some incredibly evil things; these are some of the worst
How Politics Breaks Our Brains by Brian Resnick
Humans are partisans by nature—but there's hope for ways to fight the impulse toward conflict
Lies vs. Your Brain by Maria Konnikova
Unfortunately, it’s no contest. Here’s what psychology tells us about how our minds process lies
Keep Your Identity Small by Paul Graham
Politics, like religion, is a topic with no threshold of expertise for expressing an opinion. All you need is strong convictions
To Have is To Owe by David Graeber
A short history of money
Nothing Grows Forever by Clive Thompson
How can we make the global economy work for 7 billion humans? Stop growing it
The Austerity Delusion by Paul Krugman
The case for cuts was a lie
Can Europe Be Saved? by Paul Krugman
The advantages of a single European currency were obvious. No need to change money when you arrived in another country, and the shared currency would strengthen the sense of European unity. What could go wrong?
The Twilight of White America by Derek Thompson
Racial resentment and economic anxiety are not separate forces. For many voters, they are inextricably linked
The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole
What's Holding Blacks Back? by John McWhorter
Is it black attitudes, rather than white racism, that are to blame?
The Women's Movement by Joan Didion
The half-truths, repeated, authenticated themselves. The bitter fancies assumed their own logic
Trickle-Down Feminism by Sarah Jaffe
While we all worry about the glass ceiling, there are millions of women standing in the basement—and the basement is flooding
Political Fictions by Joan Didion
Great essays about how politics has left real people behind.
The Great Derangement by Matt Taibbi
A highly critical look at the Bush administration in the post 9/11 era.
No Logo by Naomi Klein
Klein's attack on the economic excesses of consumerism, and The Shock Doctrine, her broadside against the exploitation of disasters, both natural and man made, are both equally thought provoking.