Britain has Brexited, choosing populism over pragmatism, insularity over inclusion — and leaving the world transformed and deeply worried.
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Even before the horrific attack in Orlando earlier this month, life in 21st century America had become intolerably, pervasively fearful. Our mad proliferation of guns, and the obscene loopholes that allow dangerous people to access them freely, are the most consistent engines of terror in our society today.
I am a “gun nut.”
Years ago I wrote about the POW bracelet I’ve been wearing since 1971.
Array This is the second in a four-part series. The other parts will run in the coming weeks.
On Monday night, Stephen Colbert, like each of his late-night colleagues, opened “The Late Show” with a serious and heartfelt response to the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.
Here is the plain and dangerous truth facing the cosmopolitan world: In the opinion of many millions of Jews and Christians and Muslims, the Abrahamic God of the desert is a homophobe.
The Cascadia Rising exercise is finally over.
Seven minutes. That’s how long it took me to buy an AR-15, the semiautomatic rifle used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Donald Trump’s free ride on your television screen is coming to an end. In the Republican primary campaign, Trump profited from his undeniable entertainment value, grabbing hours of TV time with speeches, news conferences and interviews. To be honest, it was hard not to watch.
A U.S. citizen, whose own family called him homophobic, shot more than 100 of my LGBTQ siblings this weekend. He used an AR-15 he possessed legally. He succeeded in spite of extensive law enforcement efforts to intervene.
The world is watching us. Americans always have known that. But for a while now, I’ve been troubled by what others see.
The day I’m forced to offer “trigger warnings” before teaching is the day I stop teaching. To insist that I, or any other teacher, warn students that the material in a class might upset them defeats the purpose of education. Colleges and universities must remain institutions that inflame curiosity and, by their very existence, disturb those who enter their gates.
Someone once asked me why the Quinault Indian Nation and other tribes across the country are intent on restoring and maintaining their culture rather than just assimilating entirely into the white culture. The same person wondered why is it important for us to dress in Native regalia and conduct tribal ceremonies. Why struggle to maintain our lifestyle as fishers, hunters and gatherers? Why build longhouses and canoes and participate in canoe journeys? Why take a strong interest in restoring our Native language? Why not just let our culture die and concentrate exclusively on adopting the ways of the dominant society?
I’m a father of boys.