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Rand Paul's Political Views Make Perfect Sense When You Look At His Medical Background

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

The doctor is in. The senator is out. Rand Paul, the ophthalmologist and Republican senator from Kentucky, officially launched his presidential ca...

Yemen Betrays US Military Decline in a Chaotic Middle East

David Oualaalou | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The United States must be very careful how it formulates foreign policy involving not only these two countries but also the greater Middle East. This region is a powder keg and is no place for reckless, chest-thumping American politicians on the left and right to be tossing politically lit matches.

Help Wanted, Now Hiring -- Leader of the United States

Robert Hall | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

Democracy is a relational form of government. True Relational Leadership aspires to navigate this country to its unifying destiny not its leaders' polarizing re-election. Hiring our next leader starts with selecting a WHO that will lead us together to WHAT.

Out-Thinking ISIS

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 05.03.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.

The Alabama Threesome: A Judge, His Bible and Bigotry

Izak Pratt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Izak Pratt

There are those with immense power that choose to abuse or misuse that power in order to advance their own ideology, careers or agendas -- all while negating the oaths they swore to uphold. In the end, justice is the first casualty, and the innocent suffer.

America's Love of War

George Elerick | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
George Elerick

There has been a lot of controversy about the movie and its content, not to mention anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments by thoughtless leftists and conservatives. The main issue is that we not make this about one particular party line, because in doing so, it distracts us from what is hiding in plain sight: America's love of war.

What's Next, Pam Bondi?

Izak Pratt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Izak Pratt

After what seemed like an eternity, Florida has finally embraced marriage equality, albeit by force. Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled, back in August, that it was unconstitutional for Florida to ban gay marriage. Despite his ruling, many hurdles were to come, all on account of one woman.

Students Are Not Customers

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Keith M. Parsons

What is wrong with the "business model" for higher education? Business models are great -- for businesses. However, educating human beings is not like manufacturing and marketing widgets.

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.03.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

Why 68 Million of Us Will Soon Be Uninsured if Supreme Court Agrees With D.C. Think Tank

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

At least four million Americans will rejoin the ranks of the uninsured -- and consequently lose access to affordable health care -- if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of Obamacare in a case that hinges on the interpretation of a single sentence in the law.

There's Strength in Softness: How Femininity Can Dictate the Rules in a Boy's Game

Maria X. Liu | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

We have to examine who's actually setting standards for what is an acceptable version of femininity. The patriarchy reaffirms this ideal of acceptable femininity to better conceptualize, understand, and control the fairer sex.

Philosophobia: A Disease That Attacks Democracy's Immune System

Creston Davis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Creston Davis

A society obsessed with a pragmatic ideological outlook fears citizens who are confident enough to ask questions not only about how the world works existentially but also culturally, politically, religiously and economically.

Explosive Encounter

Jacques Attali | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Jacques Attali

As always, it is in the encounter of two apparently unrelated areas that the new is found. For a long time now I have been announcing the time when two considerable forces, could come together in a new ideology, absolutely explosive. That time is certainly drawing nearer as the most recent events have demonstrated.

Is Racism Just a Form of Stupidity?

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

A small cadre of psychological scientists have continued over the years to explore the controversial connection between low intelligence and prejudice, and at this point they have overcome most of the methodological barricades, allowing them to rigorously analyze and answer this important societal question.

Aborted Thinking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We all like autonomy, and all concede it has to end somewhere. As I once heard an ethicist quip, my autonomy to swing a stick certainly ends where your nose begins.

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

'We Negotiate with Terrorists Now': Social Media and Ideology

W. Scott Poole | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
W. Scott Poole

After a social media fast, I made a tentative return to Facebook. I returned mostly aware of what I would find. A complete archival record of every c...

Bullets, Ballots and Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If there is anyone who would still advocate for unimpeded access to guns for all on the basis of ideology despite such an extreme (and admittedly absurd) epidemiology, there are names for it. The kinder designation is fanaticism.

The Legal System's Mistaken View of the Human Mind

John R. Hibbing | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
John R. Hibbing

Instead of pretending these predispositions do not exist, the legal system needs to accept their existence and try to minimize them, or at least to work with them, in order to make it more likely that the truth will be ascertained and justice served.

Go and Learn What This Means: I Desire Honesty, Not Christianity

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I am a Christian. I love Christians. I have great hope for the Christian church. But throughout my journey one thing has repeatedly frustrated me.

The Future of the (Scared, White) GOP

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.26.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Psychological theory supports the idea that conservatives, if threatened, will circle the ideological wagons, embracing rather than moving away from conservative values. Craig and Richeson decided to see if the likelihood of an increasingly diverse racial landscape influences the politics of white Americans, and if so, how.

4 Reasons Not to Threaten Friendships Because of Political Differences

Kevin Goodman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Goodman

It may sound counterintuitive but we shouldn't want our party to be the only party because the other party (or parties) helps keep us in check and that ultimately helps protect our liberty. This is rooted in our history.

Do We Need to Kill Our Heroes?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I am, of course, still a child of love and privilege. But I have at least this claim against naiveté: I have looked into the eyes of someone ready, willing, and eager to kill me. I have at least this notion of what's out there.

The Real History Of The 'War On Christmas'

Salon | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

Do you ever feel that Christmas, the most celebrated and supposedly sacred holiday on the American calendar, has long since lost its spiritual core an...

The Rich And Educated Believe Wealth Correlates With Virtue, Says Study

Eric Zuesse | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

A study of social class -- defined by annual income and by education-level -- finds that "Social class rank was positively associated with essentialis...