Gareth Dale on the Past and Future of Capitalism

An interview with Gareth Dale on his work on Karl Polanyi, and the past and future of capitalism.
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Noblesse Oblige in American Politics

What responsibility to the very wealthy have to the rest of the population? United States governor Winthrop Rockefeller provides a historical case study.
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The Backfire Effect

The backfire effect is when people double-down on their beliefs even when these beliefs are shown to be factually incorrect.
Jeanette Rankin

The U.S. Representative Who Tried to Outlaw War

Jeanette Rankin was the first woman to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. And she once tried to outlaw war.
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Sanctuary Cities Are as Old as The Bible

Sanctuary cities like New York and Los Angeles protect undocumented migrants from deportation. The concept behind them has ancient and religious roots.
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Woodrow Wilson, Mental Health, and the White House

The historical debate about the nature of Woodrow Wilson's health is intertwined with questions about his self-righteous character.
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Was Andrew Jackson Really a States’ Rights Champion?

On the 250 anniversary of Andrew Jackson's birth, a look at his squashing of the first great nullification crisis in American history.
Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) and Gloria Allred

The History of Outlawing Abortion in America

Abortion was first criminalized in the U.S. was in the mid-19th century. A key argument was that too many white women were ending their pregnancies.
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What Do Ex-Presidents Do? Ask John Quincy Adams.

Many are speculating about what former president Barack Obama will do in his retirement. Perhaps he will stay as politically involved as John Quincy Adams.
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America’s State Secrets and the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (or FOIA) was the result of a struggle by Congress and private business for information from the executive branch.