30 million Americans have no health insurance

No, President Trump, there is no "national emergency" on the souther border. You want a national emergency? 30 million Americans have no health insurance and many more are under-insured.

The Pope at the cradle of Islam

On the occation of the first visit of a Pope at the Arab Peninsula in the United Arab Emirates Pope Francis called upon to use religion for peace, tolerance and the compliance of the freedom of religion. Dialog and tolerance are the keywords. But what´s the meaning of it?

Live and let

Why enjoyment and renunciation are mutually dependent. Why Seneca is right and why asceticism is underestimated as a fine form of culture.

Lessons to Europe

Populism is the current trending topic when one explains politics in Western countries. Though it is not a new concept, it is rising in Europe and it also managed to win hearts and minds of American people last year who chose Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.

Ill at ease

The Pegida movement is on the rise in Germany. What do those self-declared “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident” want and what does their existence mean for Merkel’s government?

Innocently German

The claim of the Pegida movement – “We are the people” – isn’t just objectively wrong but also dangerously seductive.

These things just happen

Why Laura Bates should have been “Person of the Year” 2014.

Lies, Inc.

We know that climate change is a reality, but an army of deniers led by business interests and supported by the mainstream media makes us believe that warnings of a climate calamity are overblown.

White House Down

The information war is raging and the U.S. is losing out to is enemies. Not even American bombardments can prevent this.

A dispatch from the Information War

The Information War is in full swing, and the public should be wary not to fall for the black-and-white accounts of the traditional media. A veteran’s account.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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