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The World War II Hero Who Proved It’s Possible to Beat the NRA

A half-century after he helped liberate Dachau, Felix Sparks lost his grandson to gun violence. His surprising victory reminds us how one determined person can take on political...

The Extraordinary Trial of the Child Soldier Who Became a Brutal Rebel Commander

Kidnapped at 9 by Joseph Kony’s notorious guerilla army, Dominic Ongwen was groomed to kill. Is he a lost soul deserving of mercy, or a cold-blooded war criminal who must face...

King Chaos, Queen Cricket and One Long, Strange Year in a Roadside Homeless Camp

At this lawless encampment of rickety RVs, residents face eviction, addiction and machete battles, but their self-made community is the only thing they have.

My Journey Into the Secret Subculture of Gays With Guns

With anti-LGBTQ hate crimes on the rise, groups like the Pink Pistols have seen membership soar. After an attack in my hometown, I understood their need to defend themselves.

The (Literally) Unbelievable Story of the Original Fake News Network

Once upon a time in Guatemala, the CIA hired a cocky American actor and two radio DJs to launch a revolution and oust a president. Their playbook is being used against the U.S....

How to Subvert a Democracy, Stage 1: Propaganda and Puppets

Before launching an information assault, build out a network of agents and scapegoats that will allow your own government to maintain “plausible deniability.”

How to Subvert a Democracy, Stage 2: Condition the Masses

In advance of full-blown psychological warfare, seeds of doubt and conspiracy must be planted and watered.

How to Subvert a Democracy, Stage 3: Create Your Own News

To get the people on your side, you need to change the media narrative. A few hired hacks and a “passive sabotage program” will do the trick.

How to Subvert a Democracy, Stage 4: Divide and Conquer

You can rile up the public by confusing and polarizing them. The key is to exploit their own existing vulnerabilities.