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John E. Finn: How the alt-right corrupts the Constitution

Most observers think the alt-right are conservative extremists, defined chiefly by their loud and proud commitment to white racial superiority and privilege. But there’s much more to the alt-right.

May 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Erasures

. To a Candid World Election Day, 2018   Dependent on his Will alone, the political bands are totally dissolved: light and transient causes, convulsions within, domestic insurrection; Cruelty and … Continue reading

November 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lornet Turnbull: Lawyers Turn to Activism as Civil Liberties Come Under Attack

A new generation of social justice attorneys has risen to defend against the hard-line policies of the Trump administration, from immigration and abortion access to voting and gender rights. . … Continue reading

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Miles Mogulescu: Treason

As former CIA Director John Brennan stated on Monday, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ It was nothing … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: America is Stuck in Trump Hog Day

Every day in Trumpland looks just like the day before, except it’s always worse.  We wake up each morning and Trump is still in the White House.  He piles lies upon … Continue reading

June 8, 2018 · 5 Comments

Hina Shamsi: U.S. Strikes in Syria Are an Illegal Response to Atrocity

ACLU National Security Project No one disputes that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians is illegal, immoral, and unacceptable. But Assad’s illegality does not excuse illegality in … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah Stitzlein: Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations and elected officials in protest over … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Appellate Court Judge Janice Rogers Brown: Democracy Is Broken and Congressional Oversight is a Joke

A senior judge has today described American democracy as “broken” and Congressional oversight a “joke” in failing to check the US drone killing program. In a concurring opinion in the … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: To Prison for Poverty

To Prison for Poverty documents the system that enables private probation companies, such as Judicial Correction Services, to profit from charging excessive fees to low income people who can’t pay small … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: My War on Terror — Letter to an Unknown American Patriot

Dear American Patriot, I wish I knew your name. I’ve been thinking about you, about all of us actually and our country, and meaning to write for a while to … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: When the FBI knocks on your door, you should handle it just like this woman.

An Austin, Texas woman, who is a peaceful antiwar activist, was visited by the FBI. They wanted to know if she knew of “any plans to destroy property.” Here’s how … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Henry Pelifian: No-Fault Wars

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
When it comes to America’s wars, the buck stops nowhere Henry Pelifian Today, war in the U.S. is like no-fault car insurance. Nobody is…

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Gun Control Leads to a Civil Society

Those opposed to greater gun control don’t realize giving up rights is what civilization is all about “We give up our rights one piece at a time,” a West Virginia … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Worst Cancer of All

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Deploy them only when needed, and in wars only when approved by a formal Congressional declaration W.J. Astore Also at Huffington Post. President Obama’s…

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

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