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Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic) and Noah Smith (Noahpinion)

On Friedersdorf, Noah begins by accusing libertarians of turning a blind eye to the Bush-Obama national security state. Conor argues that supporting the Libertarian Party in a two-party system is not quixotic, even though libertarianism has an image problem. Moving to the debate over higher education, Noah suggests that a college degree doesn’t just signal intelligence, but that education actually transforms students. Conor, on the other hand, worries that college might cost society more than it’s worth.

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Friedersdorf | Jun 18, 2012 | Conor Friedersdorf & Noah Smith

Science Faction

Can computers get art?

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John Horgan and George Johnson question whether critical analysis can be simulated.

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No mere coincidence

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Psychiatrist Bernard Beitman, author of the new book Connecting With Coincidence, discusses the states of mind that make unlikely events seem meaningful.

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Foreign Entanglements

Challenging China

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Political scientist Lauren Dickey discusses how Taiwan’s new president disrupted the status quo. Plus: China’s suspect counterterrorist policy.

The DMZ

Trump versus Bernie

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on why a debate would prove risky for the presumptive GOP nominee.

Woodruff & Strauss

America loves the rich

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Journalist Kevin Roose explains how Trump’s wealth has done more than fund his campaign.

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Taking candy from kids

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Dacher Keltner, author of The Power Paradox, lists some bad things privileged people tend to do.

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The DMZ

Was Trump inevitable?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether the intellectual branch of the GOP ever had a chance against Trump’s rhetoric. Plus: Is Sanders Nader 2.0?

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The New Atheists vs. The New Agnostics

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In the first of five lectures outlining a new spiritual worldview that’s compatible with science, Robert Wright critiques the “New Atheists.”

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The theist with a humanist soul

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Unitarian Universalist minister Hank Peirce explains his unconventional understanding of God. Plus: Do Unitarians believe in anything?

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Foreign Entanglements

What if Bobby Kennedy had lived?

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Michael Cohen, author of the new book American Maelstrom, on the political con-sequences of an assassination. Plus: The ghost of George Wallace.