Category Archive: Current Events

Privilege and Outrage: Why I Care About Ferguson

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Originally posted on Leora Falk:
This is 2014. Photo: Associated Press On the one hand, this should be the shortest post ever: “Because I am human and American,  I care about human rights, our…

Cartoon: “Broken Windows” Policing

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When Policing and Mental Illness Collide: The Death of Ezell Ford

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The stark reality of recent years is that The American Dream – a perfect, safe and utterly protected life in suburbia – has been revealed to be a fantasy for most. That citizens… Continue reading

My Red-Hot Race Moment (Or, “Why South Asians Must, Too, Care About Ferguson”)

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This essay is a repost from Common Grind, an amazing blog written by Anupam Chakravarty. It is presented here as a part of our series on police brutality and race. There’s an awkward… 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

The Big Policy Question Positive-Libertarians Can Answer

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  The Week ran an article yesterday with a provocative title: “The Big Policy Question Libertarians Can’t Answer.” That question is apparently “What to do about poor children?” The basic argument is this:… 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

US Sentencing Commission votes unanimously to reduce sentences of nonviolent drug offenders retroactively

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  The U.S. Sentencing Commission has passed a measure that will reduce sentences for nonviolent drug offenders in federal prisons.  These reductions will be applied retroactively.  As the Wall Street Journal reports: The… Continue reading

Held Hostage: Immigration Reform

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In 2012, President Barack Obama won reelection with a staggering 71 percent of the Latino vote. But it seems the tides have turned. Janet Murguía – the leader of the National Council of… Continue reading