Why Free Speech Needs A New Definition In The Age Of The Internet

Why Free Speech Needs A New Definition In The Age Of The Internet

The day following the January 6 2020 storming of Capitol Hill by Trump supporters, whose use of the Confederate flag signalled a white supremacist insurrection, Simon & Schuster announced that it was cancelling the publication of Sen. Josh Hawley’s book, The Tyranny of Big Tech.

Can Joe Biden Heal The United States?

Can Joe Biden Heal The United States?

When Joe Biden becomes president on Jan. 20, 2021, he will lead a fractured nation whose political factions are separated by a chasm.

The Term 'Fake News' Is Doing Great Harm

The Term 'fake news' Is Doing Great Harm

It’s easy to think that everyone knows what “fake news” means – it was Collins Dictionary’s word of the year in 2017, after all. But to think it stops there is mistaken – and politically dangerous. Not only do different people have opposing views about the meaning ...

From QAnon’s Dark Mirror, We Can Discover Hope

From QAnon’s Dark Mirror, We Can Discover Hope

A dark mirror shows features one would rather not see. You gaze at the repulsive visage in the picture frame, the caricature of everything despicable, only to realize with dawning horror that you are looking not at a portrait but at a mirror.

When Did Humans First Go To War?

When Did Humans First Go To War?

When modern humans arrived in Europe around 40,000 years ago, they made a discovery that was to change the course of history.

Did Some Prehistoric Women Also Hunt?

Did Some Prehistoric Women Also Hunt?

For a long time, it was assumed that hunting in prehistoric societies was primarily carried out by men. Now a new study adds to a body of evidence challenging this idea.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Shaking Up Old Politics With Her New Style

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Shaking Up Old Politics With Her New Style

The youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is a force to contend with. With clear and forthright language, she speaks the truth of people’s reality – and one that is rooted in her own lived experience.

How Racism Leads To Poor Attendance In Schools

How Racism Leads To Poor Attendance In Schools

Students who experience chronic stress, such as socio-economic disadvantage, mental health challenges or cultural marginalization, are at an increased risk for school absenteeism.

How Napoléon III Used Photography As Propaganda To Hide The Horror Of His New Paris

How Napoléon III Used Photography As Propaganda To Hide The Horror Of His New Paris

Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, ruler of France from 1848 to 1870, was “the most enthusiastic supporter of photography in all of Europe”. Yet , photographs, even of bridges or hospitals, are never neutral: they are a tissue of the choices made by the photographer. In choosing to tell one truth, photographers can obscure many others.The Conversation

Why Are Americans Buying More Guns Than Ever?

Why Are Americans Buying More Guns Than Ever?

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice, the gun industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, estimates that gun sales from March through July were 8.5 million.

Why Companies Were So Quick To Endorse Black Lives Matter

Why Companies Were So Quick To Endorse Black Lives Matter

Not too long ago, few companies paid much attention to Black Lives Matter. Today, in the wake of the George Floyd protests, it seems as if most major companies including Apple, Amazon and Facebook have endorsed the movement

How A Dismantled Post Office Destroys More Than Mail Service

How A Dismantled Post Office Destroys More Than Mail Service

The U.S. Postal Service is under threat of collapse and privatization. This comes after years of federal political maneuvering that has effectively depleted revenues and staffing – issues now amplified by new cuts to overtime worker pay and slowed delivery.

Is America A Failing State? How A Superpower Has Been Brought To The Brink

Is America A Failing State? How A Superpower Has Been Brought To The Brink

Today, the US is not dominant, it is in crisis: convulsed by riots and protest, riven by a virus that has galloped away from those charged with overseeing it, and heading into a presidential election led by a man that has possibly divided the nation like no other before him.

A Field Guide To Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric

A Field Guide To Trump's Dangerous Rhetoric

The fundamental difference between leaders who are good demagogues and leaders who are dangerous demagogues is found in the answer to this simple question:

What Are The Reopen Protesters Really Saying?

What Are The Reopen Protesters Really Saying?

The “anti-lockdown” and #Reopen protests in the U.S. have powerful and secretive backers, but there are real Americans on the streets expressing their opinions.

3 Crisis Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln

3 Crisis Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln

In March 1861, as Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president, the United States faced its greatest crisis: its sudden and unexpected dissolution. Seven of the then 31 states had already voted to secede from the Union.

How The Civic Health Is Being Tested

How The Civic Health Is Being Tested

The immediate concerns of the coronavirus are clear: an unprecedented health crisis and economic devastation.

What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans?

What Does Thanksgiving Mean to Native Americans?
There are always two sides of a story. Unfortunately, when it comes to the history of Thanksgiving, generations of Americans have been taught a one-sided history in homes and schools.

Is The United States On The Brink Of A Revolution?

Is The United States On The Brink Of A Revolution?
Political scientists have historically been bad at foreseeing the most important developments. Few of us guessed the end of the Cold War; almost no one saw the Arab Spring coming.

Untangling Tattoos' Influence On Immune Response

Untangling Tattoos' Influence On Immune Response
I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a sympathetic twitch in my leg. Su’a Sulu’ape Paulo III, the sixth-generation Samoan hand-tap tattoo master leaning over me, paused to see if my movement was due to pain.

How Will Future Generations Remember Our Time?

How Will Future Generations Remember Our Time?

How will future generations remember our time? As the time when climate chaos, peak oil, and an unstable global economy unraveled society, or as the time of a Great Turning?

Here's How We Can All Reduce Racism Online

Here's How We Can All Reduce Racism Online

Have you ever considered that what you type into Google, or the ironic memes you laugh at on Facebook, might be building a more dangerous online environment?

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