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Americans Love Murder

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How should we grapple with the use of violent death as a plot device – from our entertainment to our news cycles? As an undeniably dreary 2014 draws to a close, the subject… Continue reading

Rejoice! Our Biennial Nightmare Will Soon Be Over

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Happy Election Day America! Today marks the close of the congressional midterm elections, which were as dark and interminable as the winter soon to be upon us. Even though the outcome of these… Continue reading

Part III: The War to Be Civil

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This is the fourth installment of a long-form essay on race, history and politics. Previous parts can be found here: Prologue Part I Part II   Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages… Continue reading

Caught in the Crossfire: Civil Defense in Syria

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A story often lost in our discussions about the ongoing crisis in Syria is the unimaginable toll for civilians caught in the crossfire. When bombs strike, the White Helmets – Syrian volunteers from… Continue reading

There and Back Again

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Our foreign policy debate masks the real danger we face — ourselves. Otto von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor of Germany, is reputed to have said, “God has a special providence for fools, drunks,… Continue reading

Coverage This Week: Iraq, ISIS and Our Foreign Policy

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Last Wednesday, President Obama became the fourth US leader in a row to order air strikes against targets in Iraq. That Obama — recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Price, 2008 anti-war candidate,… Continue reading

To Protect and Serve

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America’s first modern police forces – publicly-supported bureaucracies with officers who were employees rather than community volunteers – emerged in large cities in the decades preceding the Civil War. The leading families of… Continue reading

Battle Hymn of the Latchkey Kid

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I had one of those “negligent” mothers who didn’t monitor my television habits very closely, so when I was a kid my favorite show was South Park. Oddly enough, I think I learned… Continue reading

The Roundup!

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It’s been a big week for the blog — over 10,000 visitors! Thanks for reading, and supporting our work. And shout out to new contributor Angie Hoxie! Here’s the Roundup: Jeremy’s Picks: Dueling… Continue reading