The Democrats’ Visceral Fear of Losing to Donald Trump

Their trauma is especially clear in Michigan, the host state of the second round of primary debates.

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | The Atlantic

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DETROIT—Marianne Williamson is an unusual presence in the presidential race: her inscrutable accent, her talk of a “false god” and the political power of love, and her ability to translate her career in self-help into enough support to make the debates twice over.… Continues

The New Servant Class

“Wealth work” is one of America’s fastest-growing industries. That’s not entirely a good thing.

By Derek Thompson, Staff writer at The Atlantic

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In an age of persistently high inequality, work in high-cost metros catering to the whims of the wealthy—grooming them, stretching them, feeding them, driving them—has become one of the fastest-growing industries.… Continues

How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition

Meritocracy prizes achievement above all else, making everyone—even the rich—miserable. Maybe there’s a way out.

By Daniel Markovits, Professor at Yale Law School and the author of The Meritocracy Trap | The Atlantic

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In the summer of 1987, I graduated from a public high school in Austin, Texas, and headed northeast to attend Yale.… Continues

The Widespread Suspicion of Opposite-Sex Friendships

Can straight men and women really be best friends? Their partners are wondering, too.

By ASHLEY FETTERS | The Atlantic

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In 1989, When Harry Met Sally posed a question that other pop-cultural entities have been trying to answer ever since: Can straight men and women really be close friends without their partnership turning into something else?… Continues