Law and politics

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On Poverty, Disenfranchisement, Crime and Race

Like you, I’ve spent a good part of the last couple of days discussing the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial. The trial has left many with more questions than answers: What would have happened if during their tussle, when the gun went off it was George Zimmerman who lay dead with a bullet in his heart and … Continue reading

Breaking The Mold – On Bitches, Ditzes and Angry Black Men.

In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen a lot of ink on the pressures women face in juggling their various roles as mothers, wives, executives, teachers and leaders. Various writers have put pen to paper to address the seeming double standards faced by women in being expected to take on the challenge of breaking various … Continue reading

The “We are the 99 percent” movement – the Left’s answer to the Tea Party?

In 2010, the tea party emerged from a mass of disorganized, grumbles and frustrations focused on Washington’s largess and Wall street’s perceived excesses and excessive influence in our nation’s capitol. The GOP embraced their frustrations and helped coalesce their complaints into an effective “party” that came to represent the demands of the far right of … Continue reading

U.S Foreign Policy and The Middle-Eastern Quagmire

The current quagmire in the middle east is the result of over a half-century of western governments actively but at times covertly propping up oppressive dictatorships in order to secure their interests in the region (translated, oil). The Obama administration is having the sh*t hit the fan on its watch though the seeds for this … Continue reading

American Exceptionalism and the Dangers of Complacency

David Rothkopf’s recent article, “The Myth of the Innovation Nation” makes for somber reading. But while questioning the alleged American monopoly on creativity, it is of note that he somehow avoids a single mention of American Exceptionalism. It seems hard to avoid questioning what has been one of the central tenets of American foreign policy, … Continue reading

On Inequality: Much Ado About Nothing, Or A Sign of Things Gone Wrong?

According to Tyler Cowen (general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and coauthor of the Economics blog marginal revolution), “most of the worries about income inequality are bogus”. That is the thesis of his recent article, “The Inequality That Matters”, in which Professor Cowen argues that much of the recent fervour about the growing gap between the haves … Continue reading

How did we get here?

After the recent republican electoral victory, many commentators are bracing for gridlock in Washington. It seems as though our elected leaders seated across such a narrow isle from one another now seem further apart than they have been in recent history. These divisions in Washington mirror the divisions throughout the country, with Tea Partiers heeding … Continue reading

The Roots of America’s baseless beliefs

My dear friend Benjamin Klutsey recently shared this article with me. Daily Beast commentor Tunku Varadarajan asks how it is possible that 20% of Americans believe Obama is muslim, and explores the basis for the numerous false beliefs held around the country. “[This mind-boggling disconnect between perception and reality] suggests ignorance, of course,” says Varadarajan, “but a … Continue reading