California is on fire. There’s a Mexico-size plastic-trash island in the Pacific. That NatGeo video of a starving polar bear has made me cry at least three times already. Like, really cry. Kim-Kardashian-style ugly cry. I can’t even bring myself to find a link to it, because I’ll devolve rapidly into a teary, snotty, guilt-ridden… Read More Save the Planet: Stop Eating Meat
It feels as though this year is the Year of the Sexual Assaulter. Like a sick Chinese calendar, but instead of Horse and Rabbit and Dragon, it’s Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore and Louis CK. Like millions of women watched a minority of voters elect a sexual predator to the Presidency, put on their pink… Read More Year of the Sexual Assaulter
One of the most persistent and pernicious myths in American politics today is that there is an “Ordinary American” voter. The image of this voter varies slightly, but overall the Ordinary American tends to be white, middle class, usually male, always Christian, and live somewhere in the Midwest, or at least a less-prosperous area of… Read More The Othering
Birth Control Women’s autonomy depends on our ownership of our own bodies; our very freedom depends on our ability to access to safe, affordable birth control. Choosing if and when to have children directly impacts our economic outlook and is a determining factor in a woman’s ability to emerge from poverty. Increasing access to birth… Read More Five Thoughts for Friday (Oct. 12)
We are a nation of laws. Those laws act as guidelines for how we live our everyday lives. They are meant to protect our best interests and protect others from our worst instincts. The First Amendment protects our right to free speech, and subsequent laws define protected free speech. Yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater… Read More The Unreasonable Right
The dust may have settled – or, more realistically, been washed away by climate-change-enhanced hurricanes pulling a Mr. Hyde on both Texas and Florida – from Trump’s announcement last week that his administration would end DACA with a six-month delay, but the future for 800,000 young people has never been cloudier. What’s DACA? The Deferred… Read More DACA-scuse me?!
One of the most pervasive myths of the past half-century is that all of what ails government could be solved if only it was run like a business. Costs would be trimmed. Timelines would be met. Methods would be efficient and effective. People who spent years, decades, of their lives within government could not fix… Read More The Failed Experiment of “Government as Business”