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Benjamin Wallace-Wells

December 15, 2014 |
49. Because We Protest Passionately. And Peacefully.

In demanding change, the protesters are forcing the public discussion about policing and race to catch up to the reality of a New York in which crime is no longer much of a threat and it is the state’s often blithe attitude toward black lives that is the problem.

February 24, 2014 | Features
The Plot From Solitary

Four alleged members of rival gangs launched a hunger strike 30,000 strong from the isolation of their Supermax cells. Was the prison system that corralled them not strong enough, or is solitary confinement an impossible idea?

January 6, 2013 | Features
The Dream of a Middle-Class New York

Is there anything Bill de Blasio can do to make the city affordable again? Maybe. But we have to want to pay for it.

December 23, 2013 |
1. Because 73.3 Percent of Us Are Hopeful That There’s a Happy Ending to Our Tale of Two Cities

In De Blasio’s election the shape of class warfare shifted.

November 25, 2013 |
The Truly Paranoid Style in American Politics

From the JFK assassination to weather control and the New World Order: 50 years of conspiracy theory.

October 21, 2013 | Intelligencer
The State of Assange

He’s a cartoon. A megalomaniac. An irresistible Hollywood subject. And a crucial historical figure.

August 12, 2013 | Features
What Is Chris Christie Doing Right?

He’s hugely popular in a state way to his left. He’s unafraid to take on a national party considerably to his right. And he’s most adored when he’s acting reprehensibly.

July 29, 2013 | Features
The Blip

What if everything we’ve come to think of as American is predicated on a freak coincidence of economic history? And what if that coincidence has run its course?

April 29, 2013 | Features
Them and Them

Up in Ramapo, the immigrant community and the growing population of Hasidim had eyed each other with increasing wariness. Then the Orthodox took over the public schools and proceeded to gut them.

February 11, 2013 | Features
Adam Lanza’s Arsenal

The guns he carried embody the nation’s evolving relationship to freedom. And fear.