The Atlantic’s annual ideas issue is out, with 17 of the mag’s picks for “modest” and unconventional notions they think can change the world. It’s a mix of some good, some bad and some entirely nonsensical.
- Slate’s Emily Bazelon, in her typically well-reasoned style, says states rights are for liberals, too.
- Molly Ball thinks the “do-nothing Congress” has actually done a lot. Not sure how this idea can change the world, especially when she admits that most of the big things Congress has done have actually been done to them, automatically.
- Cable TV isn’t going anywhere, argues Derek Thompson, because it’s arguably still the best deal around when compared with every other imaginable form of entertainment. Anyone who’s called a cable company’s customer service line recently might beg to differ.
- What if U.S. citizenship was not guaranteed by birth? Eric Liu wants you to take a citizenship test he thinks many of us will fail. He’s probably right.
- Climate change is real. Hardly a novel idea, but this caught our eye because of Nicole Allen‘s key takeaway: “The apocalyptic weather of the past year may soon be the new normal.” Maybe if the argument shifted that way, this one really could change the world.
The Atlantic‘s complete list of their picks for the year’s best ideas is online here, and it’s worth a look.
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