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Stephen King famously called Jim Thompson’s Sheriff Lou Ford ‘the Great American Sociopath.’ derrickthebarbaric/DeviantArt

Jim Thompson is the perfect novelist for our crazed times

The author's novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
George Floyd’s death sparked a movement. Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images

When the world changes under a political scientist’s feet

A political scientist says the protests against police violence that have swept the US signal welcome social change -- and could dramatically alter the work she's done for five years.
A ‘Black Lives Matter’ billboard hangs above a Modell’s in New York. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Corporate activism is more than a marketing gimmick

Big businesses often engage in social activism because they want to sway public policy outcomes. They’re not exclusively trying to appeal to liberal customers.
President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?
Protesters rally to have Colorado’s then-incoming governor put an up-to-nine-month moratorium on oil and gas development. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Millions of dollars are spent every election by corporations that want to influence state regulations and policies, and that's likely to continue in the upcoming election.
K-pop band BTS and their company, Big Hit, have donated money to Black Lives Matter. Most bands and companies in the industry have not made any sort of statements. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Rethinking the K-pop industry’s silence during the Black Lives Matter movement

Few of those in the K-pop industry have donated or even spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
William Barr walks through Lafayette Park before demonstrators were cleared by federal police on June 1, 2020. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Should the president pick the attorney general?

Do US attorneys general act in the public's interest, or the interest of the president who appointed them?
People have been rediscovering nature during the pandemic, but it’s not just good for public heath. Conservation also creates jobs. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.
Most states struggle to meet pension funding needs – and the pandemic will make it worse. hudiemm/Getty

COVID-19 will turn the state pension problem into a fiscal crisis

Many of the public employee pension plans run by states don't have enough money in them to make upcoming pension payments to retired state workers. The pandemic could make that problem much worse.
Volunteers helped city workers paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the street near the White House. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

How DC Mayor Bowser used graffiti to protect public space

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' to be painted on a street near the White House. The act would have been considered vandalism had it not been done by city workers.

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