Facebook’s global payment system, Libra, would usurp the role of the dollar, but it doesn’t have the hegemonic military, historical moment, or political utility to make that viable.
Jonah Bennett, Wolf Tivy, and Ash Milton are joined by Palladium writer Jean Fan to discuss her recent narrative piece on the psychological experience of observing rapid progress and change in China.
Jonah Bennett, Wolf Tivy, and Ash Milton are joined by Palladium writer Siavash Tahan to discuss his recent piece on urban housing politics in California and how land is a scam.
Real estate development in California has been frozen for decades. A new coalition is emerging to break homeowner resistance. But dishonesty from both sides prevents the reconciliation of social fabric and development, jeopardizing the future of American cities.
American discourse doesn’t prepare you for how good life in China is becoming. It’s a sharp contrast to our own governance troubles. It feels like the American dream has moved to the other side of the world.
Jonah Bennett and Ash Milton are joined by Palladium writers Avetis Muradyan and Ryan Khurana to discuss landlordism and economic pessimism, as well as the power of storytelling in producing optimism.
The world’s great powers are gunning for the Arctic and access to the Northwest Passage shipping route. Without a bold Arctic development plan, North America risks losing out.
Jonah Bennett and Wolf Tivy interview award-winning investigative journalist Ben Westhoff on his new book Fentanyl, Inc., a monumental effort that discusses the inception of the fentanyl crisis and Westhoff’s infiltration of Chinese labs to get to the bottom of the problem and the top of the drug supply chain.
As ideological tensions rise between China and the West, an authoritarian nationalist Confucianism seeks to influence the official ideology of the CCP. But a more independent, critical reading of the Confucian tradition is possible. The West can learn from both.
Jonah Bennett, Wolf Tivy, and Ash Milton discuss the themes of social alienation and reintegration embedded in a number of recent Palladium articles.
Canada’s image as a dynamic and optimistic country is largely mythical. The Canadian economy is beset by a parasitic real estate sector and stagnant production. A better comparison is the sclerotic political environment of Brezhnev’s USSR.
In the current period of economic and social stagnation, the video game industry has created increasingly addictive virtual experiences. Pulling users out requires a collective, not individual, effort.
As underworlds grow larger, the need for real deradicalization increases. Wolf Tivy discusses his experience on a terror trial jury, the incompetence of the current system, and missed opportunities for reintegration.
Drawing on three generations of Mexican family history in America, Seth Largo tells a more nuanced and hopeful story on immigration and assimilation than current ideological narratives.
Karléh Wilson, a Yale graduate who was involved in recent student protests at the school, writes a letter to the editor, offering a representative perspective on one corner of life at elite colleges.
A visit to an underground Shanghai house church gives an inside look into how millions of Chinese citizens worship. But as the new generation makes its mark on Chinese Christianity, it is also being hit by a regime suspicious of foreign subversion.
Jonah Bennett, Wolf Tivy, and Ash Milton interview Glen Weyl about his book Radical Markets, which introduces new ways of re-imagining property ownership and voting.
Yale, and other elite colleges, have been rocked by controversies and protests. The problem is an elite that has forgotten itself, neglected its institutions, and fallen into ideological frenzy.