David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. His latest book is Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed. (December 2020)
Less Punishment, More Justice
We need to rethink the institutional structures that will determine criminal justice policy for years to come.
Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal
by Alexandra Natapoff
Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration
by Rachel Elise Barkow
July 23, 2020 issue
Keeping Up Appearances
‘The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts’ by Joan Biskupic and ‘The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court’ by Neal Devins and Lawrence Baum
The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court
by Neal Devins and Lawrence Baum
The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts
by Joan Biskupic
August 15, 2019 issue
The US Constitution Brought to Life
The Constitution is both a very old document written by dead white men and a living commitment, spanning centuries, to strive together to uphold a set of fundamental values. Critical engagement is what is called for—and that is precisely what Heidi Schreck provides.
April 30, 2019
An Indictment in All But Name
The Mueller report portrays a consistent pattern of deception and repeated efforts to impede the investigation.
Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election
by Robert S. Mueller III
May 23, 2019 issue
Have Human Rights Failed?
Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century
by Kathryn Sikkink
April 18, 2019 issue
The Path of Greatest Resistance
We all need to turn away from our smartphones and screens and engage, together, in the work of democracy
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
by Zeynep Tufekci
How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t
by Leslie R. Crutchfield
February 7, 2019 issue
David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night
an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, July 13–September 30, 2018
September 27, 2018 issue
10 Questions for Brett Kavanaugh
In light of the fact that Trump expressly vowed as a candidate to appoint justices who would overrule Roe v. Wade, it is incumbent upon the Senate to pose probing questions to Kavanaugh—and to require him to provide meaningful answers, not artful dodges.
July 19, 2018