They came from the internet in their war-memes and none could stand against them.
China’s talented message board theorists crafted an industrial vision now embraced by Xi. Will their successors tear it all down?
The Industrial Revolution stopped before it was ever completed. The aftermath is not a clean and developed world, but lost knowledge and civilizational decline.
Atomic physicist Leo Szilard thought that scientists could rule the world better. The insiders who pushed him aside demonstrate what it actually takes to run the show.
Existential problems confront our society. Our response will be the foundation of a new golden age of governance.
Our governments will fail to respond effectively to climate change. A new world order will arise through the coming period of climate chaos.
The late Qing scholar Yan Fu saw liberalism as a grand project to create virtuous people and a dynamic society. His ideas failed in China, but could succeed in America.
A journey through Armenia reveals a country on Russian life support. With Azerbaijan and Turkey in ascendency, the country’s lack of allies is its most existential threat.
Industrial visionaries tend to have chaotic and disruptive personalities. Their goals don’t neatly fit the social ladder. But societies that make room for them reap immense rewards.
In the early 1990s, the UN intervened in Cambodia in a show of liberal democratic state-building. Its failures foreshadowed the hubris which would follow the liberal world order from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan.
Sociologist and design theorist Benjamin H Bratton discusses how our ongoing technologically-driven terraforming will remake the world order, and how technology reveals and creates human destiny as much as enabling it.
The biggest threat to America’s world order is not China, but the country’s own deepening dysfunction. Its grand strategy must go beyond containment and transform the basis of U.S. power.
As neoliberal reforms broke the back of American labor, they also created a growing class of small business owners. Now, that class has come back to haunt both big business and the establishment which created them.
America’s China hawks paint the country as an economic, geopolitical, and military danger. In reality, China is less a threat to America itself than it is to the legitimacy of U.S. ruling ideology.
Wired magazine founder and technologist Kevin Kelly discusses why technology has agency, why he believes in God but not destiny, and how to be an anti-utopian optimist.
Observers regularly predict the U.S. dollar’s collapse as the global reserve currency. In reality, history shows that currency dominance is one of the most enduring forms of hegemony.
Humanism believed that we could conquer the world. In reality, modernity has escaped our control. Only a posthumanist framework can see us through.
New Optimists such as Steven Pinker emphasize the triumphs of modern civilization. But modernity has also created a grim left tail of potential catastrophes. We have only averted them by luck.