The Best of Persuasion: 2023
To celebrate our third anniversary, highlights from the past year's coverage!
Over the past three years, Persuasion has sought to make good on its promise to defend the values of a free society from threats, regardless of their origin. Today, as we celebrate our third anniversary, we’re sharing highlights from the past 12 months.
We hope you will find in the list below a Persuasion article or podcast that you have not encountered before, or one that perhaps has renewed resonance.
— The Editors
In “Reason to Believe”explores the evolutionary psychology behind conspiracy theories and irrationality.
In “What is Integralism?”examines the dangerous movement seeking to use government power in the name of public morality.
In “The Lightness is Gone” Kateryna Kibarova reflects on loss and rebuilding in war-torn Ukraine.
- shows that universities around the world are are repeating the mistakes of their American counterparts.
In “Leaving China” Blake Stone-Banks explores why expats have been abandoning the futures they planned in China.
- writes that it’s destabilizing to have a nation of young strivers with no coherent vision or path to success.
- argues that predictive artificial intelligence mechanisms preclude the originality needed for true art.
In “Why We Need a Serious Debate About Healthcare For Transgender Youth” Erica Anderson shows that improving the quality of care begins with understanding the nuance of the issues.
- recounts his journey through small-town America, the military, tech startups, and elite universities.
- untangles the beliefs of the enigmatic billionaire helping to shape the future of the Republican Party.
In “The Green Technology That Dare Not Speak Its Name” Persuasion contributing editorlaments the roadblocks preventing a carbon-neutral future.
Frans de Waal discuss how studying the (other) great apes can help us better understand human behavior and society.
Rachel Kleinfeld discusses the real threats facing American democracy.
Chloé Valdary discusses what it would take to achieve a real cultural reconciliation.
Sam Harris discusses whether America's rapid secularization has been a force for good or ill.
Renée DiResta discusses social media and her involvement in the movement to recall officials in San Francisco.
Bart Somers discusses how to turn around a city under strain from rapid demographic change.
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