What did ‘all men are created equal’ mean in 1776?

We tend to interpret "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence to mean individual equality. That's not right, says historian Jack Rakove.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history holidays united-states government democracy slavery featured society-and-culture

2016 election prompts big question about role of journalists

The 2016 election has forced an ethical examination of the role of journalists: Are they neutral disseminators of information, or impassioned advocates for truth?

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: ethics journalism united-states democracy society-and-culture elections us-presidents

US founders feared distrust would undo democracy

"The fate of democracy has always depended on the balance of power between those who rule and those who are ruled."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history trust united-states government democracy featured society-and-culture

Historian: VE Day highlights complex legacies of WWII

For VE Day, a historian looks back on what we should remember and what we've forgotten about the day the Allies accepted Nazi Germany's surrender.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history world-war-ii democracy featured society-and-culture wars

Belief in democracy dropped after Trump impeachment

A new survey of experts and average Americans shows a decline in perceptions of the health of US democracy around the time of President Trump's impeachment.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: united-states democracy society-and-culture beliefs us-presidents

Climate disasters up armed conflict risk in vulnerable countries

The risk for armed conflict goes up after severe weather disasters, researchers say, but only in countries that fit certain criteria.

U. Melbourne • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change natural-disasters democracy society-and-culture earth-and-environment violence

Why the loss of local news is bad for democracy

Listen as the Ways & Means podcast considers why local news is struggling, why that matters for democracy, and what can be done about it.

Duke University • futurity
March 4, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: cities journalism government democracy featured society-and-culture

The caucus system isn’t accessible to everyone

A historian explains the caucus system and how its design can keep voters, such as those with disabilities, from having a say in the process.

Stanford • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: politics united-states democracy disabilities society-and-culture elections voters

Teens are terrible at spotting fact vs. fiction online

A new report paints a dismal picture of digital literacy among teens. "If the results can be summarized in a single word, I would say they're troubling."

Carrie Spector-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: education social-media teenagers internet united-states democracy society-and-culture

Minecraft teaches young people how to lead

Can "Minecraft" and other online communities "breed more savvy defenders of democracy"? New research suggests they can.

Karen Nikos-UC Davis • futurity
July 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: internet cooperation democracy gaming featured society-and-culture social-lives leaders

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