Blog Profile / New Republic Tech

Filed Under:Technology
Posts on Regator:1009
Posts / Week:8.9
Archived Since:February 25, 2015

Blog Post Archive

Grierson & Leitch Episode 65: Free Fire, Network, and The Royal Tenenbaums

A slow week for new releases—it’s apparently all Boss Baby all the time these days—gives us only one major new release to discuss, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer. We disagree on it: One of our critics thought it was a fun experiment, but the other found it mostly tiresome. Show More Summary

Life in Africa’s Last Colony

For over 40 years, the people of Western Sahara have endured war and occupation—yet few outside of northern Africa have ever heard of them or their suffering. In 1975, their vast ­territory—some 100,000 square miles of desert bordering the Atlantic—was invaded by Morocco. Show More Summary

Faith of their Fathers

Great memoirists are contortionists. They look at their own lives from above, below, ahead, and behind—bending their limbs and twisting their torsos into the kind of knots that shouldn’t be possible for humans. “I had placed myself behind...Show More Summary

The 2016 Election Could Have Killed the Death Penalty

Neil Gorsuch’s first public vote as a Supreme Court justice was a sobering reminder that elections have life-or-death consequences. Gorsuch joined a 5-4 majority to deny a stay on the first of several executions the state of Arkansas is rushing to carry out, before the expiration of one of the chemicals it uses to administer lethal injections. Show More Summary

Why Colleges Have a Right to Reject Hateful Speakers Like Ann Coulter

As graduation season approaches, colleges across the country are locking down commencement speakers to address the class of 2017. Harvard got Mark Zuckerberg (a Harvard dropout). Hillary Clinton is speaking at Wellesley, Bernie Sanders at Brooklyn College. Show More Summary

What Just Happened?! A Review of President Trump’s Thirteenth Week.

“After so many defeats and conquests, man is beginning to put himself out of date,” wrote the dour Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran in his 1983 book Drawn and Quartered. “He still deserves some interest only insofar as he is tracked and cornered, sinking ever deeper. Show More Summary

Nixon Had His “Madman Theory.” Trump Is Just a Madman.

Jared Kushner, reportedly the new power behind the throne in the Trump administration, has tried to borrow luster from another presidential éminence grise, Henry Kissinger. Kushner introduced himself to Kissinger after a foreign policy lecture in 2015, and since then has kept in touch with the former secretary of state. Show More Summary

Why Bernie Sanders’s Unity Tour Failed

Bernie Sanders will conclude his “Come Together and Fight Back” tour with Tom Perez this weekend—a political roadshow that’s taken the Vermont senator and the Democratic National Committee chair to more than half a dozen red and purple states across America since Monday. Show More Summary

When Donald Trump Needs a Win, America Loses

Donald Trump’s political career has been defined by his philandering relationship with the truth. When reality doesn’t conform to his interests, he denies reality until reality changes or he finds someone to blame for the disappointment. Show More Summary

Trump Wants to Cut Science Research. Here’s How It Improves Your Everyday Life.

The March for Science, which takes place on Saturday in more than 500 cities across the world, is an implicit rejection of President Donald Trump and his embrace of “alternative facts” over objective truth. But it’s also a defense of science itself, which thrives on federal funds and faces massive cuts under Trump. Show More Summary

The Trump Backlash Is Building

Brian Fallon worked on Capitol HIll and at the Department of Justice for years before serving as Hillary Clinton’s campaign press secretary and now as an adviser to the Democratic SuperPAC priorities USA. For episode 52 of Primary Concerns,...Show More Summary

Free Fire: Let the Bullets Fly—and Fly and Fly and Fly

Free Fire is a greasy double bacon cheeseburger of a movie. It is slick, stylish nihilism without an ounce of socially redeeming value. Nasty on principle and not nearly as clever as it thinks it is, the new action-thriller from filmmaker...Show More Summary

A Poet’s History of Chicago

In his introduction to St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton’s Black Metropolis, a foundational text of the African-American urban experience, Richard Wright wrote, “Chicago is the known city; perhaps more is known about it, how it is run,...Show More Summary

How Trump’s Tax Returns Became a Liberal Fantasy

Every Tax March got its own giant, inflatable chicken. More han 150 marches were held across America on Saturday, along with solidarity marches in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the U.K. In the biggest cities, stages were equippedShow More Summary

The United States of Work

Work no longer works. “You need to acquire more skills,” we tell young job seekers whose résumés at 22 are already longer than their parents’ were at 32. “Work will give you meaning,” we encourage people to tell themselves, so that they...Show More Summary

Professor Carnage

Early one Friday morning, more than 250 police officers file into a high school auditorium in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Dressed in the uniform of the off-duty cop—polo shirts and khakis accessorized with pistols and handcuffs—theShow More Summary

This Is What a Trump Carbon Tax Would Look Like

President Donald Trump may finally be ready to cut some deals. After an embarrassing month that saw him unable to rally his own party around a health care bill, he appears to realize he can’t govern with Republicans alone. He has begun...Show More Summary

Why We Shouldn’t Celebrate Trump’s “Centrism”

Donald Trump’s recent policy reversals, and reports that he’s exasperated with right-wing advisers like chief strategist Steve Bannon in favor of moderates like son-in-law Jared Kushner, have given rise to a media depiction of the president as a bourgeoning centrist. Show More Summary

Trump’s Chaos Is Causing Lasting Damage

The consolidation of Republican power in Washington was supposed to create huge dividends for every kind of interest group by eliminating legislative gridlock and brinkmanship and giving a single party power to set policy. By the same...Show More Summary

Scott Pruitt Chose the Wrong Coal Mine for His Big Speech About Reviving Coal

Scott Pruitt is gearing up to tell a crew of coal miners how the Trump administration is going to make coal mining great again. According to a press release, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator is visiting a mine in western...Show More Summary

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC