The 50 countries (worth) of America

“[H]ow do the economies of the individual US states stack up against other countries? California’s economy is about the size of the United Kingdom’s, while Texas’s matches up with Canada’s. Who’s on par with Sri Lanka or the Czech Republic? Our map’s got ‘em all.” learn more

The incentives for groupthink. 

Academic departments are trending toward conformity. “According to arguably the best-designed survey of American faculty beliefs since the early 1970s, which was carried out in the mid-00s, only 3.6% of humanities faculty members and only 4.9% in the social sciences self-identified as conservatives.” Neema Parvini digs into the mechanics of why that’s the case. learn more