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.… read the full article

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.… read the full article

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.… read the full article

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?… read the full article

Nobody Knows Anything About ‘Electability’

When pundits anoint Biden—or Sanders or O’Rourke—as the likeliest to beat Trump, they’re making lots of dubious assumptions.

By Peter Beinart, Professor of journalism at the City University of New York | The Atlantic

U.S. former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, U.S.
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