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US vs Them

Volatile America

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

When people are armed and outraged, the world so easily collapses into us vs. them. All complexity vanishes. People's life purpose clarifies into a simplistic certainty: Kill the enemy. Indeed, sacrifice your life to do so, if necessary.

Why the World Is Falling Apart

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.28.2016 | Home
Nathan Gardels

In this one world, it sometimes seems a race is on between the newly empowered and the recently dispossessed. The truth is not only that both realities exist simultaneously, but that one is a condition of the other.

The Foolproof Way To Teach Your Kids To Share

Kiri Westby | Posted 03.17.2017 | Parents
Kiri Westby

From now on, when I feel the urge to dictate that my kids behave generously, I'm going to turn the mirror around for a few seconds and ask myself, "What can I do, in this very moment, to display generosity?"

Beyond Trump: The Politics of Courage

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

If Donald Trump can thrive politically by throwing meat to the American id, what else is possible? How about the opposite?

The Dynamics Of Compassion

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

War doesn't work. Bombing ISIS doesn't work. Closing our border to Syrians -- or Mexicans -- doesn't work. Yet "we," by which I mean the whole world, go back to this suicidal behavior again and again and again. Why are we violent but not illiterate?

Ferguson and the 'Us vs. Them' Illusion

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What matters here is not the fixing of personal blame (or lack thereof), but the acknowledgment of systemic and historic wrong of monumental proportions and -- at long, long last -- a momentum of social healing that doesn't end prematurely.

Dear 'Others' in America

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 09.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

I'm acutely aware of my atypical looks, one of those brown faces you can't put in a place. I get asked all time where I am from, as if my face can't possibly be American.

Mommy Wars? Media Myth!

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.28.2012 | Parents
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I think it's time to send the Mommy Wars off to bed once and for all.

Are You ___ Enough?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 07.15.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Would a man's choice to embrace his traditional breadwinning role with gusto be marked as an end to progress, or to opt out of parenthood as a harbinger of the downfall of society as we know it?

Declaring a Ceasefire against Our Sisters

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 06.17.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

The moments when we feel like we need to make the case that that other road is wrong are probably the moments when we need to look at ourselves.

Is Wanting to Look Good Anti-Feminist?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.16.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

If a feminist worries over her worry lines, frets over getting fat, or lusts after lipstick ... but there's no one around to witness it, can she still...

The Tea Party Movement's Populism

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

If the slogan of left-wing populism might be "What about us?" the slogan of right-wing populism is "What about me and my kind?"

Iran Inside Out Shocks and Provokes at the Chelsea Art Museum

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Marissa Bronfman

Iran Inside Out offers a veritable platter of provocative work that begs for discussion, debate and perhaps most importantly, an open mind.

Bullies Delight in Town Hall and Center

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

We have witnessed a spate of violent bullying and psychological assault, moods of hostility and derision which have stooped to levels that defy any clear intention to act for the greater good.