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Alfred McCoy: While America Was Sleeping

After four years of Donald Trump’s fitful tenure, America is awakening from a long, troubled sleep to discover, like the fictional character Rip Van Winkle, that the world it once knew has changed beyond all recognition.

January 27, 2021 · 6 Comments

Cecily Sailer & Jim Tuttle: A Tale of Two Karens

They are political polar opposites, but through Braver Angels, they’re forging a path toward productive conversations, and even friendship.

January 26, 2021 · 3 Comments

William Torphy and Ted Torphy: Lessons from the Pandemic

The crisis has revealed structural dysfunctions as well as human courage and resilience, providing many lessons that cannot be ignored.

January 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Bernie Sanders: We Must Act With Unprecedented Boldness to Meet These Historical Crises

The job of Congress now is to listen to the American people, move our country boldly forward on a path to economic success and show voters that Democrats are prepared to do everything possible to improve their lives.

January 22, 2021 · 5 Comments

Liz Theoharis: The Nation Must Have the Moral Courage To Carry on the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Many have claimed that those rioters (and the president’s infamous “base” more generally) were all, in essence, poor, working-class white people. In reality, however, among those who have led such racist attacks are business leaders, executives, and multimillionaires.

January 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Tony Magistrale: When Viruses Collide: Covid-19 Meets Stephen King’s The Stand

Published in 1978, The Stand, a narrative that centers on a pandemic virus that decimates 99% of the world’s population, has perhaps hit a bit too close to home.

January 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Lyndsey Stonebridge: The plague novel you need to read is by Bachmann, not Camus

What does it mean to live in the plague – every day, across generations and without an exit strategy?

January 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: Maurice

Everything would be fine. Maurice had made up his mind. Pick a date, announce his retirement, sell the car, see old friends, and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.

January 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Walden Bello: The United States Has Entered a Frightening Weimar Era

The violent storming of the Capitol by pro-Trump extremists underlines the face of crises to come.

January 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Saying Goodbye to the Con-Man-in-Chief

De-mining America After The Donald

January 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mary Kate Cary, Robert A. Strong: America’s newest voters look back at the 2020 election – and forward to politics in 2021

We each taught college courses on the 2020 campaigns while they were underway, and as a result had a sort of three-month-long focus-grouplike conversation with the newest American voters.

January 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Muse of Memory

Nothing stirs but the wind that rattles rain gutters and pulls on the hinges of blistered shutters. A pair of boots has been left out on a patio of gray flagstones, the mud still clinging to their heels like forgotten promises.

January 3, 2021 · 5 Comments

Sunnivie Brydum: 11 Better Ideas for a Country in Need of Social Change

Even nations with long histories of inequality and violence carry lessons for how to move toward what might be called a more perfect union.

January 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Liz Kimbrough: Top Positive Environmental Stories from 2020

This year, species were brought back from the edge of extinction; interest in renewable energy surged; environmental monitoring technology improved; new protected areas were created; and a few Indigenous women leaders got some long-overdue credit and recognition.

January 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

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