‘Is truth overrated?’ What the experts say

Is speaking some evil really so bad? VMKphotos/shutterstock Daniel Klyn, University of Michigan; Christopher Beem, Pennsylvania State University; Maryanne Reed, West Virginia University, and Troy Campbell, University of Oregon Editor’s note: As part of our collaboration with “Third Rail with OZY,” we asked scholars from a variety of disciplines to […] Read more »

Republicans are increasingly antagonistic toward experts. Here’s why that matters.

Since 2015, according to a new Pew Research Center poll, Republicans’ attitudes toward colleges and universities have become much more negative. The poll found that the number of Republicans who believe colleges have a “positive impact on the way things are going in the country” dropped from 54 percent in […] Read more »

Views on Power and Influence in Washington

Most Americans say they have too little power in Washington these days, according to a new survey by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Three in 4 Americans say they have too little influence in Washington and 76 percent say poor people have too little influence. Majorities say that […] Read more »

The Paris Agreement Would Have Been Less Partisan 30 Years Ago

… Environmentalism in the U.S. used to be a fairly bipartisan issue. The Environmental Protection Agency, founded in 1970, was a product of the Nixon administration. But somewhere around 1990, everything changed. And it changed quickly, in ways that had big impacts on our ability to negotiate international environmental accords […] Read more »