This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • The Antidemocratic Origins of Fake News

    by Jeremy C. Young

    The cynical philosophy of those who peddled false information in the 1910s and 1920s can help us understand why fake news is not only bad for the public but also antithetical to a democratic culture.

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • How We Got Here

    by Danny Sjursen

    The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos

  • Fake News and the Founding Fathers

    by John Avlon

    This administration’s attacks on the press are directed at anyone who dares to disagree or try to hold them accountable. Nothing could be further from the example George Washington set.

  • History in a Time of Crisis

    by Paul A. Kramer

    What role should historians play in countering authoritarian politics?

  • A White House Initiative to Defeat Radical Islam

    by Daniel Pipes

    The overall goal of the White House Commission on Radical Islam should be to bring the American people together around a common understanding of the enemy's nature, how that enemy can be defeated, and specifics to accomplish this objective.

  • Is compromise possible on school vouchers?

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos actually represent different strands of the voucher movement, which used to attract liberals and conservatives alike.

  • The Populist Ploy

    by Win McCormack

    Revisiting Irving Kristol, the conservative thinker who predicted Trump’s rise.

  • Trump's America and the rise of the authoritarian personality

    by Magnus Linden

    Since the horror of Hitler’s Holocaust, psychologists have investigated why certain individuals appear more prone to follow orders from authority figures, even if it means that they have to sacrifice humanitarian values while doing so.

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • The True History of Fake News

    by Robert Darnton

    The concoction of alternative facts is hardly rare, and the equivalent of today’s poisonous, bite-size texts and tweets can be found in most periods of history, going back to the ancients.