Politics


A TomDispatch Interview With Filmmaker Laura Poitras

By Tom Engelhardt

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras reveals what she’s learned from Edward Snowden about global surveillance and how our world has changed.


Tuesday, an Arbitrary Tradition

By Soli Salgado

Ever wonder why we vote on an inconvenient weekday?


How Far Is Too Far? The Ethics of Police Spying and Infiltration

By Adam Federman

Recent court settlement raises questions about police spying decades after a UK officer fathered a woman’s child while undercover.


How the GOP Can Better Communicate with Women

By Soli Salgado

Time to abandon stereotypes when appealing to women during elections.


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Why the 2014 Midterm Elections Matter

By Soli Salgado

This year’s midterm elections may lack scandal and sex appeal that have historically preceded surprising results, but several issues are at the mercy of 2014’s outcomes.


Fear of the Dangers of Terrorism the Real Enemy

By Tom Engelhardt

Many Americans feel helpless from terror-phobia and support whatever actions the government takes to keep us “safe” from the dangers of terrorism.


The Daily Show Exposes Lack of Statistics on Police Shootings

By Soli Salgado

Correspondent Samantha Bee unsuccessfully finds official government data showing the number of civilians shot by cops yearly.


What the Democratic Process Can Learn From Good Game Design

By Josh Lerner

Implementing game mechanics, such as collaborative competition, can make the democratic process more effective and even enjoyable.