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This thought-provoking essay in Harper’s Magazine by Masha Gessen compares September 11, 2001 to other historical moments when dramatic events were used to create a “state of exception” to justify the suspension of civil and political rights. The title refers to the Reichstag fire, which Hitler used to justify the suspension of democratic practices in Germany in 1933.

The Reichstag Fire Next Time

by Masha Gessen

Published in Scientific American, this interview with Elizabeth Phelps sheds insight on how our memories change over time. 

How Accurate are Memories of 9/11?

by Ingfel Chen

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