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Defending Robert E. Lee

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.10.2017 | 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 12.29.2016 | 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 12.29.2016 | 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 12.29.2016 | 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 12.21.2016 | 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 12.20.2016 | 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 12.13.2016 | 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 12.06.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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 11.23.2016 | 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.

UVA Discovers Hidden Chemistry Lab Thomas Jefferson Designed

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science

Construction workers at the University of Virginia have discovered a hidden chemistry laboratory that school officials say is likely linked to former ...

Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I hold both extremes - the Holocaust deniers and the Holocaust revisionists - as offensive to the good people who were all taken from us far too soon. Let them rest in peace. Let the truth prevail.

Obama Isn't The First U.S. President Accused Of Being Secretly Muslim

USA Today | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

In a Republican primary season that has stoked fears of the undesirables and the undocumented in our midst, it now seems to be the Muslims’ turn. La...

The Manner Is Ordinary

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

The key is that the experience of God is not confined and God can be found in all things. With this framework, ordinary life becomes rich, as it is a place where one can encounter God and the extraordinary can be found.

Rick Santorum Could Use a Lesson in Democracy!

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Appearing on Hardball hosted by Chris Matthews immediately after the Republican debate, former Senator Rick Santorum revealed some strange contortions regarding his understanding of the constitution

A Wise and Virtuous Citizenry

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

President George Washington recognized in his maiden State of the Union Message that a Republic whose glory is liberty would degenerate into tyranny whose glory is domination and force without a wise and virtuous citizenry.

Self-Evident, But Not Simple

Dan Rockmore | Posted 09.12.2016 | Science
Dan Rockmore

"We hold these truths to be self-evident..." So reads the Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most famous document in the history of our United States. It rings of democracy, it rings of revolution and by golly it rings of math!

Christian Faith Is Not a Campaign Strategy

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 08.21.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Citizenship and Christianity are not the same thing, and, while, of course, people bring their religious convictions to the voting booth, the goal of Christians should not be to use the state to advance the goals of religion.

Rick Perry, Say "Bye Bye"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Coming off his embarrassingly disastrous "oops" run for the presidency four years ago, Rick Perry announced this week that most staffers will no longer receive salaries due to much lower than expected financial donations in his current crawl to the highest office in the land.

Slavery vs. Freedom?: A Cost Analysis

Francis Levy | Posted 08.19.2016 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Is there an advantage to being a slave rather than a minimum wage worker, who lives on a subsistence salary?

BDS: As American As Apple Pie

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

In condemning the Palestinian BDS movement, Hillary Clinton places herself not only on the wrong side of history, but on the wrong side of American history.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and the Inclusive Future Of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.14.2016 | Arts
Ian Reifowitz

If people see their ancestral experience integrated -- not just mentioned in a checklist kind of way, but fully integrated into the larger narrative -- then they are far more likely to see that larger narrative of American history as something that speaks to them.

This Land Is Your Land -- Can a Democracy Be All It Can Be Without the Possibility of Property Ownership for All?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Jefferson believed that the common good and the individual good are interlaced. If so, then society itself suffers right along with the individuals that comprise it when they are left out. In America today, home ownership is increasingly out of reach of ordinary Americans.

Mini-Republics and True Democracy: A Plan to Make Ours a Government of, by and for the People

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What to do? How can we create a system of "representativeness" in which members of Congress not only are in touch with the pulse of their constituents but genuinely act on their behalf? There are movements afoot to commence an Amendment convention to address campaign finance reform.

July 4 and Alice: The Wonderlands of Freedom

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Books
Randee Mia Berman

In the middle of the terrace barbecue, I was thinking about Alice, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Airplane, and the White Rabbit, all marching to the tune of their own inner fife and drummers. All in the name of Independence.