Why the World Is Still Not Coming Apart, and How to Know When It Is

Family members, colleagues and friends of the victims of the terrorist attack gather for a memorial ceremony at the Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, June 30, 2016 (AP photo by Emrah Gurel).
Family members, colleagues and friends of the victims of the terrorist attack gather for a memorial ceremony at the Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, June 30, 2016 (AP photo by Emrah Gurel).
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Over the past several weeks a new theme about America and the world has emerged: Everything, everywhere, is coming apart. Multiple terrorist attacks in France compete for headlines against a daily drumbeat of bombings claimed by the so-called Islamic State in Turkey, Iraq and Bangladesh. A failed military coup has raised questions about Turkey’s democratic credentials and stability. And in the United States, a race-baiting populist has just become the Republican presidential nominee, at a time when it seems to be open season on black men and police officers in the streets of America’s cities. For someone like me, who […]

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