• You Can’t Advance Justice by Dishonoring the Flag

    You Can’t Advance Justice by Dishonoring the Flag

    When prominent athletes refuse to stand for the national anthem, their defenders insist they're not dishonoring the flag, but pushing the nation toward social justice. But how can you possibly advance your cause with public gestures that most Americans find irritating and offensive? And what milestone must society reach to…

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  • Restoring a Sense of Purpose

    Restoring a Sense of Purpose

    The Jewish high holy day season culminates in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, this year on September 30th, and brings patterns of behavior that often confuse and mystify our neighbors. Why do so many nominally irreligious, unaffiliated people flock to long, demanding services on this solemn day of fasting…

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  • Politicians and the Season of Repentance

    Politicians and the Season of Repentance

    Autumn is the season for repentance in the ancient Jewish calendar. Celebration of the New Year on Thursday and Friday of this week brings the chance to review the twelve months just passed, considering where we fell short and how to do better in the year ahead. Prominent politicians need…

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  • Real Life Losses, Abstract Gains

    Real Life Losses, Abstract Gains

    To understand why right-wing activists make a mistake in pushing deportation of so-called “Dreamers” we should consider the reasons for our consistent victories in defending gun rights. For gun-owners, this is a personal issue—restrictive regulations are an interference, or an annoyance, with real-world impact. For those who choose not to…

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  • No Rational Explanation for “It”

    No Rational Explanation for “It”

    After a miserable summer for movies, with box-office down some 15 percent across the board, September brought a big surprise: a modestly budgeted fright-fest with no big names smashed all records for horror films or for September releases in general. It, based on a 1986 Stephen King novel and a…

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  • Evangelicals for Trump: A Matter of Self-Defense

    Evangelicals for Trump: A Matter of Self-Defense

    The sharpest divisions in politics today aren't based on race or economic status, but on religion. Last year's exit polls showed 26 percent who described themselves as Evangelical Christians, and they preferred Donald Trump by a crushing margin of 80 to 16 percent. Among the rest of the electorate—the 74…

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  • Big Events Demand a Big—and Cooperative—Response

    Big Events Demand a Big—and Cooperative—Response

    At key turning points in history, dramatic events seem to come together to force cooperation between even the most reluctant partisans. In the face of devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, for instance, even a brief government shutdown becomes unthinkable, so Republicans and Democrats must work together to provide…

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  • Four Hopeful Messages from an Epic Catastrophe

    Four Hopeful Messages from an Epic Catastrophe

    As Texas begins the long process of recovery from the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey, Americans across the country should embrace four important lessons: * First, let's acknowledge that government isn't always the enemy and, in emergencies like this one, government at the local, state and federal levels has a crucial,…

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