Women in Media are Not Your Sexual Objects

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the celebrity photo hacking scandal. A hacker obtained nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Upton, and several other female celebrities, and… Continue reading

Salon continues its obvious mission to discredit libertarians with anecdotal ad hominem

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Salon recently ran this piece, which chronicles a young man’s encounters with “discipauls” — feverishly extreme supporters of Ron Paul.  These fringe examples of people who consider themselves libertarian apparently turned the author… Continue reading

Book Review: Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach by Martha Nussbaum

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Creating Capabilities is an introductory text concerning the “Human Development Approach” or “Capability Approach” to national development.  The central question of this development perspective is this:  “What is each person able to do… Continue reading

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

Institutional Dysfunction and The Wire

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(This post contains spoilers! Though really, the show is twelve years old so if you haven’t seen it by now just watch it already.) In 2002, HBO debuted The Wire, an American crime… 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