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Andrew Barnett | June 27, 2020

We Have Something to Say. We Should Say it.

Justice is what love looks like in public. —Cornel West The following issues are political: hunger, thirst, righteousness, prison, care for the sick, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless. These issues rest at the…

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William S. Becker | June 26, 2020

COVID Watchdogs Trump Can’t Fire

With tens of millions of Americans unemployed and small businesses teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, Congress and the Trump Administration have been compelled to push massive amounts of COVID relief money out the door as rapidly as possible – much…

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Theodore Roosevelt IV | May 26, 2020

A Bipartisan Need for Conservation

Eighteen years ago, serendipity took me to the banks of the Kongakut River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, close to the Canadian border. Getting there was not easy. I joined a friend in Fairbanks, intending to charter a small plane to fly…

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Charles Kutscher | April 20, 2020

The Coronavirus and Climate Change: How We’re Making the Same Mistakes

We Americans are now experiencing the tragic consequences of our slow, uncoordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic. While this experience will surely help us respond better to future health crises, it’s important we apply the hard lessons…

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William S. Becker | March 31, 2020

Life, Death & the 2020 Election

The most important issue in the November election is clear now, and it extends to every level of elective government in the United States. It can be expressed in two words –– be prepared. Be prepared for health emergencies because there will be more…

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Scott Carlson | March 26, 2020

How the Coronavirus Tests Higher Ed’s Disciplinary Fault Lines

When Covid-19 begins to subside, America’s colleges will have grappled with urgent financial and logistical challenges that the coronavirus set in motion. But its pandemic spread also raises deeper questions about the organizing principles of academe…

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Thomas Coffin | March 24, 2020

The Lawless Presidency

The unprecedented attack by the president on the prosecutors and judge involved in the Roger Stone trial represents an all-out blitzkrieg against this Nation’s foundational bedrock—the Rule of Law. That he is joined in this assault on justice by the…

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David Orr | March 12, 2020

Politics and Consequences

As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, we have good reasons to ask why we were so unprepared. Why warnings went unheeded, scientists ignored, and budgets cut at the Centers for Disease Control. We should ask the same questions about the…

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Steven S. Volk | February 29, 2020

Every Day Tells a Story: The Immigrant’s Struggle in the Age of Trump

For better and for worse, the U.S. story is an immigrant’s story. Narratives of indigenous displacement and forced African migration share space with histories of those who found shelter from persecution. Tales of immigrants in the Age of Trump are…

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David Orr | January 31, 2020

Democracy Unchained

Like a house with a leaking roof, sagging floors, broken windows, and a crumbling foundation, American democracy is suffering from decades of disrepair. The challenge of reforming and updating democratic institutions would be difficult enough in…

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