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Guides Tra Ha, 24, Tyreke Monterio, 27 and Gabby Preston, 23 serves as guides at the “What Do We Have In Common” art installation on Boston Common by Janet Zweig on Sept. 30.

The possibility of the commons

An art installation on Boston Common features 200 rotating blue boxes posing deceptively simple questions about our shared resources: Who owns the air? Who owns time? Your data?

Lauren Stiller Rikleen
This image, from the criminal complaint, shows a Brian Christopher Mock (center) in an image captured in police body worn video on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.

The deterioration of the rule of law

A Rule of Law Index at the state level could be the wake-up call the country needs to protect our fragile democracy.

Jim Lyons, chair of the Republican Party in Massachusetts, spoke from the back of a truck at a rally in Wilmington on Aug. 16, 2020.

The clown show at the state GOP

Chairman Jim Lyons seems intent on piloting the party onto the rocks of irrelevance.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Mitch McConnell is polishing his masterwork — destroying voting rights

As the Senate minority leader tries to thwart democracy, President Biden dithers on keeping his promise to protect it.

Kent Walker and Jared Cohen
A lab assistant used a pipette to prepare coronavirus RNA for sequencing at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, England, on March 4. Vaccine development and distribution offers a powerful case study for collective innovation.

Collective innovation is key to the lasting successes of democracies

In the US and Europe, in universities and companies, scientists have drawn on open academic information, shared research, and dispassionate scrutiny, and as a result, developed powerful vaccines in record-setting time.

Sonia Chang-Díaz, Adam Gomez, Russell Holmes, Segun Idowu, and Rosario Ubiera-Minaya
A closed storefront on Dorchester Avenue in Boston.

Pandemic relief funds give us a chance to get it right on racial justice

The American Rescue Plan funds could help close the racial wealth divide and to put an end to the inequities this pandemic has exacerbated.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. paused inside his polling place to talk to a supporter before casting his ballot in the preliminary election on Sept. 21.

Has Everett had enough of Mayor Carlo DeMaria?

Whatever one thinks of him — and he tends to provoke strong reactions — DeMaria has been one of the more transformative mayors in Greater Boston.


Tomorrow’s America

Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte's take on the news