When Real Life Feels More Like Science Fiction

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Our Blind Faith in the Military Will Destroy Us

Military personnel carry flags onto the field prior to an NFL game on November 12, 2017, in Denver. (Jack Dempsey / AP Photo)

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The dark Trumptopia we inhabit is the world science fiction warned us about

(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Who knew that Martians, inside monstrous tripodal machines taller than many buildings, actually ululated, that they made eerily haunting “ulla, ulla, ulla, ulla” sounds? Well, let me tell you that they do — or rather did when they were devastating London.
I know that because I recently reread H.G. Wells’s 1898 novel War of the Worlds, while revisiting an early moment in my own life.

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The dark Trumptopia we inhabit is the world science fiction warned us about

(Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Who knew that Martians, inside monstrous tripodal machines taller than many buildings, actually ululated, that they made eerily haunting “ulla, ulla, ulla, ulla” sounds? Well, let me tell you that they do — or rather did when they were devastating London.
I know that because I recently reread H.G. Wells’s 1898 novel War of the Worlds, while revisiting an early moment in my own life.

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Does Latinx Have a Future?

Election Night almost killed Latinx. As results started trickling in, media figures and political strategists struggled to process what they were seeing in Florida and Texas. The “blue wave” that polls had suggested would punish Republicans was instead showing a dramatic shift in Latino-voter support toward the GOP. What could explain this? Democrats’ embrace of “wokeness” and, in this case, use of the term Latinx seemed like an easy target.

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“This Is Our Best Shot”: Ruben Gallego on Build Back Better, His New Book—and Whether He’ll Challenge Kyrsten Sinema

Ruben Gallego’s path to the House of Representatives has been an unusual one. He grew up working class on the South Side of Chicago. He got into Harvard. He got kicked out of Harvard. In 2000, he joined the Marine Corps. Peacetime soon enough became wartime, and he got shipped off to Iraq.
His new book, They Called Us “Lucky”: The Life and Afterlife of the Iraq War’s Hardest Hit Unit, is a recounting of his often traumatic experiences there.

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“This Is Our Best Shot”: Ruben Gallego on Build Back Better, His New Book—and Whether He’ll Challenge Kyrsten Sinema

Ruben Gallego’s path to the House of Representatives has been an unusual one. He grew up working class on the South Side of Chicago. He got into Harvard. He got kicked out of Harvard. In 2000, he joined the Marine Corps. Peacetime soon enough became wartime, and he got shipped off to Iraq.
His new book, They Called Us “Lucky”: The Life and Afterlife of the Iraq War’s Hardest Hit Unit, is a recounting of his often traumatic experiences there.

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“This Is Our Best Shot”: Ruben Gallego on Build Back Better, His New Book—and Whether He’ll Challenge Kyrsten Sinema

Ruben Gallego’s path to the House of Representatives has been an unusual one. He grew up working class on the South Side of Chicago. He got into Harvard. He got kicked out of Harvard. In 2000, he joined the Marine Corps. Peacetime soon enough became wartime, and he got shipped off to Iraq.
His new book, They Called Us “Lucky”: The Life and Afterlife of the Iraq War’s Hardest Hit Unit, is a recounting of his often traumatic experiences there.

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Black People Need a Safe State in America—Let’s Make It Georgia

The trial of the three men accused of slaying Ahmaud Arbery has Black Americans walking on pins and needles once again. Whatever the jury decides, I’m afraid, will fail to address a damming question that the tragic incident symbolizes: How can Black people ever be secure in America?
Executed by three strangers while jogging in a white neighborhood, Arbery’s killing reflects the mindset of domination in the culture of white supremacy: the belief that any random white person has the right to accost and detain a Black person with impunity.

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Black People Need a Safe State in America—Let’s Make It Georgia

The trial of the three men accused of slaying Ahmaud Arbery has Black Americans walking on pins and needles once again. Whatever the jury decides, I’m afraid, will fail to address a damming question that the tragic incident symbolizes: How can Black people ever be secure in America?
Executed by three strangers while jogging in a white neighborhood, Arbery’s killing reflects the mindset of domination in the culture of white supremacy: the belief that any random white person has the right to accost and detain a Black person with impunity.

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