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What if we didn’t... have the First Amendment?

Would hate speech laws curb extremism? Would journalists go to jail? The First Amendment is at the heart of American society, but other countries function without its broad protections.

What If We Didn’t... advertise food to children?

Studies say junk food advertising has a real impact on our relationship with food, starting at a young age.

What If We Didn’t... have banks?

Imagining a world where money and property could be stored digitally — and financial institutions didn't take a cut of every thing we buy.

What If We Didn’t… jail people for marijuana use, possession or sale?

After more than 20 years of the modern medical and recreational marijuana industries, advocates for decriminalization say evidence of societal good is stacking up against die-hard prohibitionists.

What If We Didn’t... have any unemployment?

Economists have been talking about a universal job guarantee for decades, and now some politicians are catching on.

What If We Didn’t... have Facebook?

Facebook has been plagued by a data leak that could be the premise of a dystopian novel. What would our world look like if Facebook fell — and if we truly owned our data?

What If We Didn’t... have endless political campaigns?

It may sound like a wild idea, but a number of countries have designated campaign periods. Could such a policy work in the United States?

What If We Didn’t... have the Second Amendment?

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for its repeal in an op-ed as survivors of the Parkland shooting lead a new gun control movement.
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What If We Didn’t...?: An introduction

For Mic’s latest series, we’re taking a look at the roots of our most pressing matters.

From the ripple effect of the #MeToo movement to the wave of young progressives running for office, Americans are hungry for change. With our “What If We Didn’t…?” series, Mic is taking a look at the roots of some of our most pressing matters by asking how we got here and what we can do to move forward. The goal is to provide a deeper understanding of the systems and institutions that shape our lives.