CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

The Best Zócalo Essays of 2017

From Treason to Gandhi to Empathetic Robots, Our Contributors Make Sense of a World in Flux

In 2017, Zócalo’s far-flung contributors took us inside the Swedish worldview, recounted Cervantes’ battles with literary pirates, reported on the dangers of being a journalist covering Mexico’s drug wars, and interpreted America’s concept of treason through the moral lens of Dante’s Inferno.

Picking favorites among the hundreds of essay we publish each year is never easy, in part because of their sheer variety. Zócalo essays are grounded in many different ideas and questions, and they zig and zag across time, place, topic, and format.

The essays we selected below represent …

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