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The Big Idea

The Big Idea

Outside contributors' opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture.

How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely

The Supreme Court just quietly gutted antitrust law

The Supreme Court is an anti-democratic nightmare. Here’s how to fix it.

How Democratic lawmakers should help unions reeling from the Janus decision

The Court’s indefensible double standard

Bias against Asian-American students is real. Affirmative action isn’t the problem.

The travel ban decision echoes some of the worst Supreme Court decisions in history

In MLK’s day, conservatives didn’t think he was so “civil”

How Silicon Valley workers are revolting against Trump’s immigration policy

The latest Supreme Court decision is being hailed as a victory for digital privacy. It’s not.

The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?

A plan to fight high drug prices that could unite libertarians and socialists

Family separation isn’t just immoral. It’s likely ineffective.

To stop endless war, raise taxes

How to really watch the World Cup

The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think

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We need new ways of treating depression

A human head transplant would be reckless and ghastly. It’s time to talk about it.

NASA’s leader wants to privatize the International Space Station. It’s a terrible idea.

Trump’s legal attack on the ACA isn’t about health care. It’s a war on the rule of law.

The new US policy of separating immigrant children from their parents has chilling historical echoes

The record-low birthrate offers yet another sign that millennials are economically screwed

A worried mom wanted the police to take her mentally ill son to the hospital. They shot him.

Why is Elon Musk raging at “big media”? Because he’s finally being called on his tall tales.

Demanding public rights in private spaces: lessons of the Starbucks controversy

Many feminists find Philip Roth’s work off-putting. Elaine Showalter thinks he’s a titan.

The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal

A radical proposal to fight poverty in the developing world: tax the rich more than the poor

Europe’s tough new digital privacy law should be a model for US policymakers

How domestic abusers use smartphones to spy on their partners

The government prosecution of a “black identity extremist” fell apart. Meanwhile, white supremacists are on the march.

Steven Pinker’s new book on the Enlightenment is a huge hit. Too bad it gets the Enlightenment wrong.

Trump and Obama both ignored Gaza — at great cost

The Republican cold war on the Affordable Care Act

Support for working moms is stronger than ever — except when it comes to parental leave and other concrete policies

The “Intellectual Dark Web,” explained: what Jordan Peterson has in common with the alt-right

Trump has put the US on a path to bombing Iran

It’s time for liberals to get over Citizens United

The hearings for Trump’s CIA pick should prompt a reckoning with torture

The Golden State Killer case shows how swiftly we’re losing genetic privacy