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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 02.24.2016 | 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 02.18.2016 | 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 02.18.2016 | 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 02.09.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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 01.29.2016 | 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 01.16.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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 01.12.2016 | 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.

Defending Robert E. Lee

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Barry D. Wood

Led by its white mayor Mitch Landrieu, the city council of New Orleans on December 17th voted with a 6-1 majority to remove four statues honoring the ...

Donald Trump Needs Help With His Insults

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.14.2016 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

The Media has been consistently confused by Donald Trump's rise in the polls because they've predicted since the summer that his trash talking would sink his campaign. Though he sounds like a belligerent New York cabbie at the end of his shift, Trump keeps garnering support despite the way he insults his opponents in debates and via Twitter.

Whites and the Fear Caused by White Supremacy

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

In a presentation of the theses contained in her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, author Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. asked the mixed-race audience, "How many of you think there is white racism?"

I Tremble for My Country When I Know That God Is Just

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Race-based police use of lethal force against black persons may be the smoldering fuse of a ticking time bomb.

A Citizen's View: The Responsibility of the Media in a Democratic Society

Terry Newell | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Despite complaints about politically predictable reporting, however, there is nothing new here under the sun.

Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America's 20 wealthiest individuals own more wea...

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

In the Nation's Service

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Charles Kolb

As a 1973 graduate of Princeton University and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, I have followed closely the recent efforts by some Princeton students to eradicate all public traces of Woodrow Wilson from the university.

This Is Holiday Season; Share Your Ancestors' Struggles With the Family

Mary Ann West | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Mary Ann West

Perhaps your tradition has been to share what you have gratitude for, be it individual or part of a bigger picture. How about switching it up and talk...

When Does Political Correctness Go Too Far?

Michael Russnow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Michael Russnow

Last week some students at Princeton petitioned the school to stop tributes to Woodrow Wilson, its former university president and, more importantly, our former U.S. president, including the possible renaming of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.