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Getting the Story Wrong: The Distortion of American Politics by the Press

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Media
Lawrence Wittner

Ever since the founding of the American Republic, there has been both praise for and suspicion of the role the press plays in U.S. political life.

Get Peaceful and Courageous: Edit the Religious Texts as Jefferson Did

Sujantra McKeever | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Sujantra McKeever

"Nothing then is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man." --Thomas Jefferson I watch as modern man wages wars over the words in ...

Liberal Education in Tough Times

Michael Roth | Posted 05.04.2016 | College
Michael Roth

In today's climate of renewed economic anxiety, many are prompted to jettison this tradition of pragmatic liberal education. In search of short cuts to vocational success, they undermine students' ability to respond to changes in the economy by preparing them only for what is valued right now.

Make America Great Again, My Ass.

Pat LaMarche | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

You may recognize Donald Trump's campaign slogan, Make America Great Again. But what he really means by reinvigorating xenophobia, racism, classism, a...

Political Parties are Under No Obligation to Operate Democratically

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Supporters of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are flocking to local town hall meetings asking why their U.S. Representative or Senato...

Humility Is Underrated and the Founding Father's Knew It

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Peter Paskale

The values of the Founding Fathers are a GOP favorite, and Cruz and Trump are firm believers -- hence why they both continuously pillage from America's early presidents as a way to prove their constitutional purity.

Poet Perfectly Breaks Down The Erasure Of Black People In U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices

Poet Clint Smith III takes a critical look at the Founding Fathers' role in oppressing black people in his latest poem entitled "History Reconsidered....

Will the Confirmation Process Ever Get Beyond Politics?

James Heffernan | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
James Heffernan

I have news for Senator McConnell and his fellow Republican senators. When the American people re-elected Barack Obama as president in 2012, they authorized him to nominate anyone he chose to fill a vacancy on the court -- right up to his final day in office.

STEM vs. Liberal Education: A False Choice

Michael Roth | Posted 03.20.2016 | College
Michael Roth

Fears of being crushed by debt or of falling off the economic ladder are pressuring students to conform, and we must find ways to counteract these pressures or we risk undermining our scientific productivity as well as our broad cultural creativity.

Create Fixed Judicial Terms to Depoliticize Supreme Court Nominations

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Constitution gives the Senate the power to advise and consent. That body is empowered to say no as well as yes. And the most important qualification for office is philosophical. Put simply: Does the nominee believe the Constitution means anything apart from the jurists' personal preferences? If not, then the Senate should reject the nomination.

American Democracy: Progress and Relapse

David Morris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In 1789 the franchise was restricted to white men, but not all white men. Only those possessing a minimum amount of property or paid taxes could vote. In 1800, just three states permitted white manhood suffrage-the right to vote-- without qualification.

Presidential Penis Politics: A Micro-History

NOTCHES | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
NOTCHES

Rachel Hope Cleves Donald J. Trump's penis, size unknown, has reared its head as a political issue. On Thursday night, during yet another GOP preside...

To Become President, Hillary Needs to Move Left and Right at the Same Time

William Bradley | Posted 03.07.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Paradoxically, Hillary is at once at risk of losing the general election to a rampaging Trumpist populism and in reach of winning a smashing victory.

American Voters Should Put an End to Political Dynasties

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

For some strange reason, many American citizens today seem to believe that because an individual may have come from a privileged background or a 'political' family, they should either have a right to attain elected office or will naturally do a better job than someone who isn't 'privileged' or part of a political dynasty.

Dining Alone

Jonathan Richards | Posted 02.27.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Ethics -- The Means and End of a Liberal Education

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 02.22.2017 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Last Saturday afternoon I found myself standing in the middle of a series of curved wood and glass bookshelves with a group of students from Whitman College.

Stop Damaging the Supreme Court

Terry Newell | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Terry Newell

The Republican Senate has the power to refuse to consider any nominee that President Obama names to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. There is no mistake about that. Whether they have a Constitutional, historical, or ethical justification to do so is a separate question.

Up to Their Old Tricks

George Heymont | Posted 02.17.2017 | Arts
George Heymont

The trickster is an archetype whose presence is not limited to mythology. While there will always be a shape shifter like Loki lurking around, fast-thinking humans have always had a talent for distracting onlookers in times of crisis.

Swearing an Oath -- Part 2: The Kristallnacht of American Public Education

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.09.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?

Which Of Today's Business Practices Will Seem Barbaric In The Future?

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.02.2017 | Business
Andrew Winston

As we look forward into this new year and consider where we want to be in 52 weeks -- and 520 or 5200 weeks -- how can we avoid being barbarous ancestors? Or to flip the script, how can we be kind to our descendants and ourselves?

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

President Obama and Progressives: Christian Right Is Wrong About Religious Freedom

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

The idea of what religious freedom means is not a settled matter. But Clarkson offers a definition that allows progressives to reclaim religious liberty from conservative Christians who have perverted its meaning in service of theocratic agendas.

Who's Doing the Planting

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 01.13.2017 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

We cannot spend all our time with the like-minded. At some point we have to leave our echo chambers and uphold our positions. There is no perfectly safe way to be true to ourselves.

Thomas Jefferson 'Came Out Very Clearly' Against LGBT Rights, Pundit Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If one right-wing pundit is to be believed, one of America's Founding Fathers would have absolutely no interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgen...

Village Seal and Sports' Mascots Representing Racist History

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe this so-called "honoring," taking "pride" in, and "respecting" Native Americans by the cultural descendants of those who engaged in land theft, forced evacuations and slaughter strikes me as justification for further misappropriation of cultural symbols.