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Dic Lit  

In his survey of the writing of dictators, Daniel Kalder is so dismissive of the tyrants’ actual ideas that it becomes difficult to understand why they had any power in the first place.





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Normcore  

Channeling the anti-Trump #Resistance, a slew of recent books seeks to reduce democracy to a defense of political “norms.” But overcoming today’s crisis will take more political imagination.





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Suicide, Watch  

“Jilly determined to wait at least four hours before checking the status of her farewell post so she wouldn’t look desperate, but then she remembered that she didn’t have long left. . . .” A short story.







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Brazil’s New Right  

Since Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, Brazil has been in political turmoil. With ex-president Lula’s recent surrender, a new right threatens to become the decisive force in the 2018 elections.



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Memphis Blues  

In his unstinting backing of unions, Martin Luther King, Jr. made clear that racism was rooted in a long and stubborn history of class injustice.



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The Culture of Democracy  

Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought by James T. Kloppenberg Oxford University Press, 2016, 912 pp. A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley by Jane Kamensky W.W. Norton, 2017, 544 pp. We …



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