President Trump wields Twitter like a battle-axe. On this, his supporters and detractors agree. He uses it to chop down his political opponents, circumvent the mainstream media, and rally his supporters. He is far from alone in this practice. But no Twitter user in America has proven themselves so able—and so willing—to explode the national …
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What are the real lessons to be learned from the beating of Andy Ngo?
There is something subversive in empathy that makes it threatening to certain social status-quos.
The idea of tolerance as a guiding value for society has been criticized in recent years, from different sides.
Growing up in the United States of America—a nation defined in many minds by its fraught racial history—and observing public life at a time when racial sensitivities are constantly prodded and enflamed, it is easy to think that there is no greater sin in the world than racism.
For the first time in American history this month, however, the Speaker of the House of Representatives specifically declined to invite the President to address the assembled houses of Congress on the state of the union.
Better Angels Magazine The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15th, 1929. He died, still a young man, April 4th, 1968, the victim of an assassin’s bullet. The night that Dr. King died, Americans, particularly African-Americans in urban centers, rioted across America in agony over the injustice of the slaying of Black America’s …
When times are good, when institutions are stable and prosperity abundant, it may be that we are less likely to ask fundamental questions about values in society. Their importance is not as obvious to us when troubles do not appear close. It is when we feel the roots of society seeming pulled upwards by discord …
A new new normal among thoughtfully courageous Americans left and right can fill the void of civic virtue that has swelled to a chasm in this past year.
Sound politics used to be about wedding empathy and patriotism. We may want to start doing that again.
Amos, Andy and Apu Facebook Reddit Twitter Email John looks at the reemergence of controversy surrounding the Simpsons character ‘Apu,’ along with a glance back at the history of stereotypical portrayals of minorities in American television and his own experiences with stereotypes and identity.
John Wood, Jr. looks at David Hogg’s impact on the gun control debate and asks what his influence says about the adults who have allowed for our current situation with respect to gun violence and the decline of civility to come to pass.