The rise of Trump has provoked a considerable outpouring of commentary from the pundits. Most of it centered on the chief complaint that the white working class is upset about losing its privileged position and see Trump as the ticket to setting things right. There is considerable truth to this story. Trump's strongest support comes from white men without college degrees, although he also does quite well among small business owners. But before we condemn these workers as hopeless Neanderthals, it is worth stepping back a bit to consider what led them to support Donald Trump's candidacy in the first place. There is no excuse for supporting a racist, sexist, xenophobic buffoon like Donald Trump. But we should be clear; the workers who turn to him do have real grievances.
If we want to attain the greatness for which humanity is once again eligible, we must keep faith in its possibility. We must do all we can to realize it. We must broaden and share more widely the benefits of progress. And we must help one another to cope with the shocks that none of us will see coming.
After 34 years as one of the most gutsy and consistent liberals in Congress, Barbara Boxer is retiring from the Senate. In this year, of all years, her life in politics holds important lessons for Democrats and progressives.
The subjectivity of "possession", vs. "possession with intent to distribute" enables police to use "evidence" such as an empty baggie or a certain amount of cash to take a non-arrest able offense and flip it to a potential felony.
We have it on highest authority: the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan marks "an important milestone." But a question remains: A milestone toward what exactly?
Call him a bully, a liar, a xenophobe, a narcissist, a racist, a misogynist, an ignoramus, a big baby. He's all those things. But those aren't liabilities for the character he wants to play; they're qualifications.
Like most parents, as I watch my kids grow older I sometimes get sad that I am not planning on having any more babies.
The more people participate in our democracy, the better decisions we will make as a country. That's why I have been so encouraged that young people are turning to Labour in increasing numbers...
It is a horrible situation, but even more upsetting to me is the public backlash that has taken place since the incident happened. It's not an issue about whether or not we value the life of an animal or human more; it's about doing what is so obviously right in an impossibly difficult situation.
Trump may not be this popular if we paid more attention to ancient Greek tragedy.
For us Latinos, the consensus that climate change is real and that the federal government must intervene to fight it is practically unanimous, and even today, it's far higher than that of the population in general.
I have no idea exactly what percentage of Native Americans approve or disapprove of these mascots and nicknames. But I can guarantee something else with even greater certainty: neither does the Washington Post.
Like the change in military policy banning women from combat positions, the Obama administration's guidelines push educational institutions to be more inclusive and strive for gender equity, noting that many educational buildings were not designed with these concepts of equity in mind.
He's among the most pugnacious of candidates, routinely trashing Republicans, Democrats, immigrants, Mexicans, women, Muslims, and foreign policy professionals. Many of these political battles could reduce his chance of getting elected president. But his fight with the last group might help.
Walmart's Board of Directors has been wired against shareholder-driven change since the 1960s. The Walton family controls sufficient shares to bottle up any grassroots initiatives.
I'm officially in my 40s. I'm surrounded by teenagers. And I'm tired of fetuses on the internet telling me what to do. Some woman-child who thinks she's all grown up is going to tell me what I can't wear anymore because I'm too old? Seriously. F*ck that noise.
Some of these habits may seem minor, but they add up. Most amount to a personal choice between immediate pleasures and lasting ones. After all, the worst habit is losing track of what really matters to you.
Military commanders must think of sleep as a weapon that they can deploy. This means that the decision maker must be afforded the opportunity to gain sufficient rest. Rested commanders are the best commanders.
In the United States, an expressed goal of education is the creation of an active citizenry committed to democratic values. Promoting democratic values means that teachers need to be involved in developing antiracist, nonsexist curricula that allow students to explore social contradictions.
Voters have the right to know if Donald dodged taxes every year, just like he did in 1978 and 1979, while he routinely used public services like bankruptcy court that other taxpayers faithfully paid for with their IRS payments.
As the nation once again honors American war dead on Memorial Day, instead of spouting the usual nationalistic platitudes that that U.S. soldiers fought to keep the country "safe and free," perhaps we should analyze whether that is really true.
This weekend, as we reflect on remembrance and those who won't return from conflict, it is helpful to reflect on conflict itself and why we even have it. Resource scarcity is at the root of global conflict.
Last week, Congress passed the first piece of major new environmental legislation in about a quarter century.
Your 20s are your selfish years and it's a decade where you immerse yourself in everything around you and the world out there. Ensure you are selfish with your time, look after yourself, pay attention to your mental health and love the people who are important to you.
Being in the midst of history sometimes mean events are not seen in the "big picture" view that historians often later take, when looking back at the period.
Our president just got back from Hiroshima, Japan, the site where we dropped the big one -- the only country to use it... so far. It struck up an important conversation with my kids.
Blockchain technology is ushering in the second generation of the Internet, and if companies don't want to get left behind, they'll need to dodge the Innovator's dilemma and disrupt from within.
With one week left before California's primary, many eyes will begin turning towards Schwarzenegger to see if his eagerness to address climate change outweighs his allegiance to the Republican Party.
Human Rights Now is not a slogan. It is a necessity for a democratic leader and a Nobel winner. The world is asking Aung San Suu Kyi to address this issue with compassion and decency.
If getting yourself to the gym is, itself, a workout, or you don't have money for a membership, take heart! Here are 5 exercises you can do on your own to firm your muscles and tone your body that don't require a gym:
Instead of always trying new things, or doing things that are not essential, try to keep things simple. Focus on your core competencies, and improve that. No gimmicks, just real work.