Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Steven Nadler: We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering

Last winter, unforgettable video footage online showed a starving polar bear, struggling in its Arctic hunting grounds. Because of global warming, the ice was thin and the food supply was … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: From Ugly to Mean

Travelogues don’t typically interest me. I cringe when I ask someone (just to be polite), “How was your trip?” and they give a blow-by-blow of the sights, activities, and food. … Continue reading

August 16, 2018 · 8 Comments

Majid Naficy: Calabrian Fig

Every morning when I go stair climbing I see her with a rake in hand Standing by a fig tree In front of her Roman house With arches and domes. … Continue reading

August 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Frank Edwards & Michael H. Esposito: Police kill about 3 men per day in the US

Police in the U.S. kill on average more than 1,000 men per year, or about three men per day. According to our estimates, police are responsible for about 8 percent … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Physicist Emmy Noether’s Theory of Symmetry (animation)

. This short animated film by Rosanna Wan explains how the early 20th century German mathematician Emmy Noether dramatically transformed how scientists think about the physical world when she revealed … Continue reading

August 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Even Then I knew

for Lisa Fay Coutley Our mother was often desperate because of my brothers and me—once she threw the dish drainer at Charles, slapped the back of Bill’s head so that … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 5 Comments

Elizabeth Gargano: Why I Chose to Be My Mother’s Caretaker

Living on Human Time When I tell friends and acquaintances that my eighty-nine-year-old mother will be moving in with my husband and me, I get two kinds of stares. One … Continue reading

August 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Joan McGregor: What philosophers have to say about eating meat

WeWork, a co-working and office space company, recently made a company policy not to serve or reimburse meals that include meat. WeWork’s co-founder and chief culture officer, Miguel McKelvey, said … Continue reading

August 9, 2018 · 3 Comments

Marc Jampole: The long-term effects of separating children from their parents

The real tragedy of separating children from their parents will come years from now when the kids suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These past few days, I’ve been feeling a … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kali Holloway: 10 Most Unwanted Confederate Statues

. . . Kali Holloway is a Senior Director and Senior Writing Fellow at the Independent Media Institute. All images are included in Vox Populi for educational use only.

August 7, 2018 · 4 Comments

Video: A Portrait of Iraq

. From director Janssen Powers: If you Google image search “Iraq” looking for photos of anything other than soldiers and war then you’re in for some serious scrolling… Since the … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: The Garden and the Drone

We come to the garden because it is beautiful. Arborvitae, hydrangea, anemone— Even the names are beautiful.   The men who call themselves our leaders Seem far away. We feel … Continue reading

August 5, 2018 · 11 Comments

David Ades: The Storm’s Dark Edge

There is nothing to be seen in the sky: white, an unpainted canvas, it keeps its secrets to itself.   Notice, though, the wind’s fierceness,   the waves already crashing … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Turning 74 in a Failing World

Three Failing Experiments? Mine, America’s, and Humanity’s.  There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late sixties, I … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · 1 Comment