In surveillance as in so many other matters, the test of a just system is not how it treats the privileged.
Julian Sanchez urges, not unilateral disarmament, as some have accused, but safeguards in signals intelligence.
Virginia Postrel discusses the power of visual persuasion in politics, its peril and also its promise.
Grant McCracken discusses luxury, glamour, and how the two of them relate to political power.
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano looks at what people want in their representatives. Turns out it's... themselves.
Martin Gurri suggests that the world's elites have lately lost control over the visual. Anyone can publish images today, and it's changing the world.
Autumn Whitefield-Madrano discusses politicians' paradoxical - and pricey - quest to look unpolished. But also perfect.
Grant McCracken brings in another kind of visual persuasion - sprezzatura, the art of concealing all art.
Virginia Postrel warns: Joining a political movement may be glamorous, but political victory has a way of puncturing one's illusions.
Glamour demands perfection, but sometimes the world just doesn't deliver.