7 Insane Conspiracies That Actually Happened
My first and most popular Cracked article, co-written with Peter Hildebrand.
An essay for Wunderkammer in which I try to get at what in the process of consumption distinguishes literature from other art forms.
The ever-expanding tentacles of the Glenn Beck brand
A column on Salon about Beck’s transformation into L. Ron Oprah.
So, you think you know what a “person” is?
A column playing off of Adam Serwer’s piece on Humanoid Rights in which I consider various philosophical conceptions of personhood and how those might affect law in the future.
Historians Dismantle Beck’s Roman History Lesson
A research item I did for MMFA where I got to interview some experts on Roman history to fact check Glenn Beck’s claims about the fall of the Roman Republic.
Why Are There So Many Jews In Beck’s Rogues Gallery?
Some research I did for MMFA that led (uncredited) to a post by Jeffrey Goldberg and a segment on MSNBC.
Why Liberals Need to Take a Page from (Classical) Republicanism
An essay for the Roosevelt Institute’s New Deal 2.0 in response to this piece by political theorist Corey Robin. It lays out some of the key ideas in Philip Pettit’s Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government, which is a major influence on my politics.
Lumps of Labor
A piece for The New Inquiry looking at how neoliberal economic theory can lead to inhumane welfare policy.