Nathan Pippenger

Making Sense of Bad Beliefs

An essay in Aeon tackles a tough but urgent question: Do people have the right to believe whatever they want?

Gina Haspel and the Revival of the Torture Era

Trump's nominee for CIA Director puts in a positively Bushian performance during her confirmation hearings.

Facebook’s Shallow Understanding of “Community”

Mark Zuckerberg offers unconvincing reassurance to the journalists his website is weakening.

The Reemergence of Scooter Libby

Something else to consider in the "is Trump an anomaly?" argument: the pardon which connects Bush and Cheney to Trump.

The Obsolescence of Being Earnest

Paul Ryan steps down from Congress and joins his ideological ally Arthur Brooks in retirement. How should we interpret the legacy of these earnest pseudo-wonks?