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In the Shadow of War

Beverly Gologorsky | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Beverly Gologorsky

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there's remarkably little evidence of it.

Singing the American Mythology with Soul

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Blackness is the story of my life and I will not allow the story of black people to be buried," Donnie wrote in response to one of the questions I forwarded him through email.

Don't Be Afraid to Touch Death

Judith Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

How sad to live in a lie at the end of one's life. How sad to risk regrets, not realizing the blessings that come with the alternative -- a depth of intimacy that we may never have experienced before and that will never be available again.

The Other Media Revolution

Mark Hannah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Mark Hannah

The story of this "other" media revolution is also a bit counterintuitive to an American audience, which readily identifies the Internet as an empowering and democratizing medium, but has a different experience domestically with the commercialization of news journalism.

What Is American?

Ryan Banfill | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Ryan Banfill

When I was in high school, a fellow teenager asked me, "Why do you speak all proper and s*%t?" I have watched people stare at me as they tried to get to the courage to ask me, "What are you?" Incidentally, it's that same question my children get asked even today.

Syria: A Question of Balancing America's Values

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Will we lead the world to prevent more chemical warfare, especially against innocent children or will we turn a deaf ear? Will we defer to our lowest values or lift up our highest ideals?

Into the Uncanny Valley of Death Rides Miley Cyrus, or It's Time for the Next Reinvention of Feminism

Russell C. Smith | Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment
Russell C. Smith

Since sexual shock and awe is getting harder to pull off, maybe its time women in rock shifted back to taking more power away from the guys in other ways.

At a Redneck Gun Raffle

Thom Nickels | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Thom Nickels

It was mesmerizing watching festival old-timers, men in beards and women in long country hair, going around meeting friends and acquaintances. Here, truly, was a portrait of rural America.

Steinway's Sale Is a Sour Note for Made in America

Brian Ross | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Brian Ross

"Made in America" took another major hit very quietly yesterday. An American musical institution, the 160-year-old American piano maker Steinway and S...

Letter to an American Friend on France's "Cultural Exception"

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Two choices, my American friends. Either you cling to the anarcho-capitalism that brought us all to the brink in 2008 -- or you admit that our fight is your fight, too, and that in defending the cultural exception, France is pleading not for France but for the world.

WATCH: A Campaign To Remove The Statue Of Liberty

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.14.2013 | Latino Voices

It’s time to deport the Statue of Liberty. That’s the latest mission for Legals for the Preservation of American Culture, an organization whic...

Does Hate Live Among Us?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

If meanness and hate are ingrained, albeit unfortunate parts of human nature, we must create communities that reinforce our other natural tendencies toward kindness and against meanness.

How the Real Housewives Have Made America Better

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | Posted 06.22.2013 | TV
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The focus on wealth makes the show play out like a classic Shakespearean tragedy. The fabulous homes, clothes, and opulent parties at first make the viewers admire the housewife and wish to be like her. But soon we see the "real" person, whose hubris reveals a deep unhappiness that they, being unreliable narrators, deny.

Has America Become Too Competitive?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
Dr. Jim Taylor

Why has America embraced competitiveness to the point of absurdity? Answers to this question can be found at all levels from our culture to the human psyche.

If You Were Dying, Would Anybody Help?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

Who is responsible for this "values cliff" and how do we get back on track to a shared expectation of decency, responsibility and citizenship that we all can say is the real America of our traditions, aspirations, hopes and dreams?

Notes On Freedom And Culture: What Culture? Whose Freedom?

Alan Jones | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

We need a new national conversation about the culture that produces both lousy and great movies, about a culture that embraces violence as the necessary price of freedom, about the kind of human beings we are becoming.

Is American 'Acceptance of Violence' on the Rise?

David W. Jamieson | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
David W. Jamieson

In national surveys conducted every presidential election year since 1992, we've been monitoring the evolution of a value called "Acceptance of Violence." We have measured this value by asking four questions, each designed to gauge a different facet of respondents' views on violence.

"Americans Kill People": Michael Moore on Newtown, Mass Shootings, and the U.S. Culture of Violence

Democracy Now! | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! airs comments made by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore about the Newtown shooting. "Yes, we need more gun control. Yes, we need f...

Quick Fixes in Life and Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

In the face of serious social and economic problems, life is patience, and President Obama has the intelligence and foresight to meet the challenges of the future. A vote for him on November 6 moves us away from the past and propels us toward the future.

Why Does the USA Insist on Doing Things Differently Than the Majority of Other Developed Nations?

Quora | Posted 11.16.2012 | World
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Gary Teal, Republican America doesn't insist on doing anything differently. We just do whateve...

What Are the Best Movies to Recommend to a Foreigner Looking to Understand What American Culture Is Really Like?

Quora | Posted 11.09.2012 | Entertainment
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Vicki Boykis, Number-cruncher. Writer There are a couple of things that are really important in und...

The Crisis of American Consumerism

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Some people buy inflatable Santa Clauses, and they put them on the rooftop. You ask if they really need that, they chuckle and say "no, no, of course not." But, when you ask them about flatscreen TVs, people feel uncomfortable. The truth is, we have very limited real needs.

When They Say You Have No Culture: Talking Applebee's, Passing, and Self-Acceptance With Memoirist Lacy M. Johnson

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Stacy Parker Le Melle

In winning fashion, Johnson's memoir refutes the supposition that her hometown's culture is equal to the sum of what a stranger can see through his windshield.

America: A Modern Imperialist

Misa Mori | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Misa Mori

Widespread American culture is threatening cultural diversity. And while some nations resist the temptation of American wealth, these corporations still manage to pry their way through those barriers.

Decision 2012: U.S. vs. Everywhere Else

April Salchert | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
April Salchert

My Swedish significant other and I have been looking for opportunities to work internationally. We've discussed moving to the U.S. (where I'm from), moving to Asia (where I've worked before), or staying here (Sweden). It's our Decision 2012.