Political Cinema

Hollywood has avoided political apathy. Many of the films that dominated this year's awards season – "Zero Dark Thirty", "Argo", "Lincoln", "Django Unchained" – focus on controversial political issues. They establish rough cuts of the historical record that prioritize entertainment over accuracy.

Once More Into the Fra...

The movie "Lincoln" offers a remarkable portrait of the American political machine. Its lesson for Obama: You have to get your hands dirty to get the work done in Washington.

A National Drama...

Hollywood movies appeal to the emotions, not to the historical record. As long as we've got Wikipedia to fact-check in real time, that's just fine.

Politics By Visual Mea...

Hollywood has always been an eager accomplice of Washington's political elites. But over the past few years, it has foreshadowed the decline of neoconservative ideology.

Wild Wild West...

Don't look to Hollywood for historical truths: Movies like "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are based on fairy-tales rather than fact.


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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