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Social security is once again a third rail of American politics. History tells us that might not last for long.

Illustration by Gaurab Thakali

Is there anything in American life as simultaneously beloved and embattled as Social Security? From the moment it became the proverbial third rail of US politics, it seems like politicians can’t help but stab and jab at the program, even at the risk of their own political deaths. Even stranger, for the past half century […]

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