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6 Consolation Prizes

The right’s bid to short-circuit inequality with cheap gizmos Alex Pareene

26 The Whitest News You Know

The false promise of a press for everybody Aaron Miguel Cantú

36 After the Storm

Progress and the demented quest for historical purity Ben Ehrenreich

60 Who, the People?

The central truths of democracy are not always self-evident Astra Taylor

72 Known Assailants

Stalking the white working class from within John Tormey

92 Nothing Before Us

Weighing the case for progress in an age of anxiety George Scialabba

102 Fables of School Reform

Ed-tech investors keep chasing their own tales Audrey Watters

120 404 Page Not Found

The internet feeds on its own dying dreams Kate Wagner



16 Tales from the Cryptos

Blockchain visionaries and old colonial scams in Puerto Rico Chloe Watlington

52 Taming the Savage White Man

The western mythos remade in the age of Trump Gene Seymour

84 Astrology Year Zero

The zodiac as collective not-joke Lauren Oyler

112 Surely You’re a Creep,

Mr. Feynman On toxic moral license and the mythos of male scientific genius Leila McNeill

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