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  • In Defense of Public Institutions

    by Elizabeth Stice

    While the generations of the past sought to establish public institutions, in our era, there is a relentless push for more privatization, far beyond the postal service.

  • “Free College” in Historical Perspective

    by John R. Thelin

    “Free college” is a visible and volatile issue in the Democrat candidates’ presidential campaign platforms. No Democratic candidate today can afford to ignore the issue, even if it means taking time to impose strict limits. 

  • “Patriotic” Veterans Only, Please

    by Gregory A. Daddis

    While perhaps an indication of our current toxic political environment, the attacks on “unpatriotic” veterans like U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman actually have a long and checkered history in post-World War II America.

  • JFK's New Hampshire Primary Hope Resonates Today

    by William Lambers

    The day before the 1960 New Hampshire presidential primary, candidate John F. Kennedy talked about America's great hope for disarmament. Speaking at the University of New Hampshire, JFK said "No hope is more basic to our aspirations as a nation" than disarmament.

  • What’s in a Nickname? From Caligula to Sleepy Joe

    by Josiah Osgood

    If Suetonius, who served on the staff of two Roman emperors, were alive today, I think he’d advise Trump to spend less time coming up names for others and think about what he could call himself.

  • Secretary Pompeo, Meet Vice President Agnew

    by Charles J. Holden, Zach Messitte, and Jerald Podair

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s expletive-laden dust-up with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly is on message for the Trump-led Republican Party. Whether he knows it or not, Pompeo is drawing from a playbook written a half century ago. 

  • 1,056 Feet: Why I Needed the 1619 Project Growing Up

    by Derek Litvak

    The 1619 Project is not interested in retelling America’s founding story. It seeks to forge a new one. The people who contributed to this effort know full well those like myself, who grew up in the drainage ditches of America, in the long shadow of a bright star, need to hear this history. Demands to “stick to the facts” often sideline or silence our story. 

  • Could the Climate Crisis Be “The Good News of Damnation”?

    by Lawrence Wittner

    There is no other solution to the onrushing climate catastrophe than for people and nations to forget their tribal animosities and start behaving as part of a world society. The climate crisis, like the prospect of nuclear annihilation, really is “the good news of damnation.”  And we can only overcome it by working together.

  • Justin Amash On the Exquisite Veracity of Truth Telling

    by Dan Roberts

    Justin Amash is preceeded by three other courageous American politicians — Alexander Butterfield, Margaret Chase Smith, and Edmond Ross — who were unwavering champions of truth-telling, consequences be damned.