• Jill Lepore Debunks Elon Musk's Futurism

    Is Elon Musk's worldview based in a singularly weird interpretation of the sci-fi books he devoured as a kid? Jill Lepore discusses the rise of the self-styled comic book hero CEO as a matter of confusing dystopia for a how-to guide. 

  • It’s 2086. This Is What American History Could Look Like

    by Jon Grinspan and Peter Manseau

    Think it's ridiculous that the likes of "QAnon Shaman" could be venerated and memorialized in 75 years? Think about Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. The "judgment of history" depends on action today.

  • The Next Decade Could Be Even Worse

    Writer Graeme Wood profiles Peter Turchin, whose data-driven and predictive approach appeals to quantitative thinkers but is scorned by some historians. Turchin's analytics predict a period of political and social upheaval in industrialized societies. 

  • Are We Living at the "Hinge of History"?

    Journalist Richard Fisher examines the argument that the present--this moment--is the most important juncture in human history because human capacity to affect the planet outstrips human wisdom to direct that capacity.

  • The Conspiracy Museum: A Speculative Address

    by Robin Sloan

    Where might the spread of conspiratorial thinking and evidence-free discourse lead? Read the opening address for the Smithsonian Museum of American Conspiracy from the year 2041.