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In Defense of the Harper's Letter on Freedom of Expression

The letter has received attacks ranging from guilt by association to protection of privilege, but many critics are missing the point. 

On Statues, Human Imperfection, and the Veneration of American Heroes

When we elevate historical figures to an almost godlike status, we make it that much harder to acknowledge, discuss, and learn from their failures and mistakes. 

Health Care Experts Don't Get to Decide What Constitutes a Legitimate Protest

COVID-19 should not be wielded as a political club on Americans' rights to peaceably assemble.  

Antifa's Tactics are Hurting the Goals of Progressive Social Movements

Antifa's commitment to violence is largely out of step with movements like BLM and the George Floyd protests and it's doing real harm to the cause.

Believing in the Afterlife Doesn't Mean Religious People Have A Death Wish

Your valuation of human life is almost certainly dependent upon hundreds, or perhaps even thousands of variables. The belief in an afterlife, or lack thereof, may indeed be one of those variables. But nothing more than that.

Ahmaud Arbery's Past Mistakes Do Not Justify the Vigilantism That Led to His Death

If we embrace the idea that the value of human life is permanently diminished by each and every mistake that we make,  we must necessarily concede that many of us are just as deserving. 

Young Turks Founder Cenk Uygur Accused of Union Busting, Retaliating Against Employees

The progressive news giant is in the midst of a very ugly battle with staff who say that their union activities are being met with resistance and retaliation.

An Open Letter to Jussie Smollett

I certainly don't think you belong in jail and I'm a believer in second chances. But first, you need to apologize. 

Leave Billie Alone: On Joyless Culture War Polemics and the Transcendent Power of Art

Only in our cynical, all-encompassing political moment could Billie Eilish simultaneously be criticized as both a nihilistic radical and the embodiment of traditionalist whiteness. 

'Star Trek: Picard' Can't Avoid Being Political, But it Should Refrain From Being Unnecessarily Preachy

If the show’s writers and producers choose to turn Picard into a garden-variety polemic against the Brexiteers and their conservative counterparts in America—they’ll waste a golden opportunity. 

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