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Just the Beginning, Yale
May 26th, 2017, 12:57 PM

On Monday, Peter Salovey, president of Yale University, strode down the tree-lined streets of downtown New Haven, garbed in voluminous robes, a massive pendant, and a velvet cap with a gold, dangling tassel. Before him walked a scowling bulldog puppy that strained against its leash. Handsome Dan XVIII, the university’s mascot, was processing in his first commencement, and both figureheads were being very, very good boys.
Joli Mai
May 24th, 2017, 12:57 PM

The president has advanced an impressively coherent plan of action: an arctic blast of budgetary austerity (a word Macron prudently shuns, in favor of euphemistic references to “medium-term structural deficit imbalance” and the like) to bring France into compliance with European guidelines; deep cuts to public-sector employment; a reduction in corporate tax rates; and demolition of French labor law—making good on Hollande’s progress in this direction—to be pushed through over the summer by means of executive ordonnances, extending the retirement age and punishing the unemployed who balk at accepting jobs generously offered to them.
The Spirit of ’40 and ’45 and ’74 and ’79 and ’97
May 22nd, 2017, 12:57 PM

The entire pitch of May’s snap election campaign has been predicated on a strange elision of the Britain of 1940 and the Britain of 2017.
Francesco Pacifico in conversation with Marco Roth
May 19th, 2017, 12:57 PM

Francesco Pacifico will discuss his new novel, Class, with n+1 founding editor Marco Roth, author of The Scientists, at Philadelphia’s Brickbat Books. n+1 coeditor Nikil Saval will moderate the conversation. The event is free and open to the public. Brickbat Books 7:30 PM, June 8, 2017 709 South 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 RSVP on Facebook and via email to rsvp@nplusonemag.com. “After […]
Looking Forward to the Harem
May 19th, 2017, 12:57 PM

What if instead of having everyone you love arranged sequentially, you got rid of the time element and arranged them in space. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
A Very High Degree of Certainty in Future Military Operations
May 19th, 2017, 12:57 PM

H.R. McMaster is one of the United States’ most astute theorists of modern warfare. Unlike so many other military thinkers, he understands that history is complex, contingent, and irrational, and that no amount of technological superiority could tame the real world’s unpredictable dynamism. So how could he have gotten it so wrong? Why, in spite of his sophistication, did his solutions to the American disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan ultimately fail to produce even medium-term victory?
Refugee Stasis
May 18th, 2017, 12:57 PM

Refugees are being used to distract from the failures of globalized neoliberalism. The wider European public is subjected to irreconcilable political messaging daily: refugees are both helpless victims and violent sexual predators; they are flooding the borders but the borders are strong; they are children and they are adults posing as children; they are overwhelming our culture, but our culture is indomitable—but it must also be protected.
Have You Ever Had an Intense Experience of Mystical Communion with the Universe, Life, God, etc?
May 10th, 2017, 12:57 PM

Buildings that call attention only to themselves generally fail at everything else. So the sustained direct attention offered by a critic or writer about a building is always already a great distortion.
Business Is Bad for Business
May 9th, 2017, 12:57 PM

For forty-years American management has leveraged capital mobility to demand concessions from organized labor. Holders of sovereign debt do the same to demand reductions in public spending and shrinking the public sector. This has severely strained liberals’ willingness to stimulate private investment through taxes and transfers. Meanwhile, corporate boards of directors continue to refuse to invest on any but their own terms. Loosening their grip on investment decisions is the only way through this impasse.
Francesco Pacifico in conversation with Emily Witt
May 9th, 2017, 12:57 PM

Francesco Pacifico will discuss his new novel, Class, with n+1 contributor and Future Sex author Emily Witt. The event is free and open to the public. n+1 7 PM, June 9, 2017 68 Jay Street #405 Brooklyn, NY 11201 RSVP on Facebook and via email to rsvp@nplusonemag.com. “After chronicling the temptations and foibles of earnest young Catholics in The Story of My […]