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White Flag

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“Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.” — Psalm 74:4 For months, the events have gathered, scattered ominously across the landscape like dark foreboding… Continue reading

Chat Corner: Thoughts on Netflix’s “Hot Girls Wanted” and Sex Work

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Sebastian, Angie, and Sarah discuss pornography, prostitution, and the new Netflix documentary Hot Girls Wanted, about the amateur porn industry. The conversation is edited and compiled. *** SEBASTIAN: Chris Hedges on prostitution: “If… Continue reading

The Ethics of Public Shaming

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Consider this thought experiment. Melissa, a 43-year-old mother of two, lives in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Melissa works as an assistant manager at Hobby Lobby, and is both a competent employee and an enthusiastic… Continue reading

McKinney, Private Discrimination, and the Freedom of Association

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On Friday, police officers responded to a disturbance at a pool party in McKinney, Texas with a grotesque and excessive use of force. By Sunday, the event had become the latest southern outrage… Continue reading

Chat Corner: Gentrification and White Guilt

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After reading an article in New York Magazine excerpted from DW Gibson’s The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century, the gang discusses gentrification, poverty, income inequality and white… Continue reading

What Liberals and Conservatives Fail to Understand About History

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An article in Mother Jones by Ryan Cooper caught my eye recently because it concerned a favorite topic of mine – the American Civil War. Cooper’s article was written in response to Robert… Continue reading

Part IV: The War At Home

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This is the fifth installment of a series of long-form essays on race, history and politics. Previous installments can be found here: Prologue Part I Part II Part III Neither slavery nor involuntary… Continue reading

Hillary Clinton, First of Her Name

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Hillary Clinton, who has been running for president since at least 1999, made her 2016 bid official last week via a video message to her supporters. Most of the analysis in the immediate… Continue reading

Missouri and Kansas Try To Make Poor People’s Choices For Them

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Two new bills that would further regulate the use of welfare benefits gained headlines as the latest examples of paternalism masquerading as policy. Last week, the Kansas legislature passed a bill that would… Continue reading