Soldiers training in the Israeli Defense Forces

Is Mandatory Military Service Good for a Country?

A prescribed period of civic service may offer benefits, promoting active citizenship across the socioeconomic divide and creating strong social ties.
Hurricane Harvey

Does the Internet Help or Harm Our Ability to Weather Natural Disasters?

Does our technology help us deal with disaster? Or does it put us at risk by creating the illusion that we are immune from disaster?
Minitel 1 computer

Thank Minitel for the French Election

Minitel gave the French a very specific experience of the digital realm, compared with other places where networked information arrived via the internet.
SpaceX rocket

The Commercialization of Space

Policymakers and scientists have been thinking about the details of the commercialization of space for decades.
Port Gibson, Mississippi, August 1940.

Racism and American Exceptionalism

America's domestic policies have been motivated by racist policies that began even before the anti-welfare arguments of the Reagan era. 
St. Louis Rams

Is St. Louis Better Off Without the Rams?

As the St. Louis Rams move to LA, we weigh the economic and intangible benefits of a city adopting a professional sports franchise.