In the face of a disintegrating Lebanese state, Hezbollah is building a different kind of regime.
One man’s thought has become pivotal in China’s new political and cultural crackdowns. That man is not Xi Jinping.
Sci-Hub has become foundational for scientific research. What if we didn’t need it at all?
Xi wants to guide China’s thinkers with a clear party line. But that line is just one rallying point in a complex intellectual ecology.
While in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics, I instead saw the spectacle of Japan’s aspiring new elites.
The Japanese Empire founded Kenkoku University to create new pan-Asian elites. Despite their own defeat, they succeeded.
In the midst of Japan’s chaotic Sengoku era, a radical Buddhist sect carved out a new regime. Then came the real test.
Fundamental change only comes from outside established paradigms. Without room for new founders, progress is impossible.
In postwar France, Charles de Gaulle unified executive power with a technocratic state and a national story. His model still endures around the world.
The threat of mass panic lurks behind our mechanisms of political control. What if we were allowed to fear?
Reject the marginal gains. Change the balance of power.
To understand the return of China’s party-state, look no further than its love affair with ketamine.
Science has become a bank for political legitimacy. It hasn’t survived intact.
New discoveries are adding millennia to our past. The implications should change our future.
Reforming America’s vanguard city is a national imperative.
They came from the internet in their war-memes and none could stand against them.
China’s talented message board theorists crafted an industrial vision now embraced by Xi. Will their successors tear it all down?
The Industrial Revolution stopped before it was ever completed. The aftermath is not a clean and developed world, but lost knowledge and civilizational decline.