The decline of optimism in the US

What does this mean for American exceptionalism?

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“They have all a lively faith in the perfectibility of man. … They all consider society as a body in a state of improvement.”   This is how Americans are described in the French political theorist and historian Alexis de Tocqueville’s book “Democracy in America.” Tocqueville traveled to the United
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The fabulousness of ‘Sex and the City’

For a show that hasn’t aged particularly well — or, many argue, well at all — “Sex and the City” has been insistently optimistic about its relevance since it ended in the early 2000s. The HBO hit revolving around the lives of four New York women in their thirties and
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Comedy in the age of political volatility

In defense of Hasan Minhaj and comedic news commentary

My first interaction with mainstream news was sitting by the TV with my dad, watching a group of unruly adults yell at each other about the latest “breaking news!” headline in the world. The news produced by media giants was fed to me as a beacon of credibility. This was
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