NOLAN HIGDON – The context and details of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, as well as its historic roots, are being pushed aside in favor of a kind of binary knee-jerk activism that is far too common in American political culture.
ELLIOT NEGIN – For more than two decades, Koch-controlled foundations spent more than $160 million to stymie government action on climate change
SOMALI KOLHATKAR – Masses of refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and elsewhere have faced racially motivated hostility in Europe. Now, Ukraineâ€™s refugee crisis is revealing Western double standards.
PRABIR PURKAYASTHA – Hyper-capitalism has systematically weakened regulations to help capital at the cost of consumers. The verdict on the Elizabeth Holmes case simply illustrates the growing post-â€™90s disregard for consumers.
EBONY SLAUGHTER-JOHNSON – The anger surrounding teaching children a more expansive (and truthful) version of American history can largely be understood as a backlash to the Black Lives Matter era, the victories of which have been largely symbolic and localized. The legislative entrenchment of affirmative action will be spun by conservatives as â€œreverse racismâ€ that hampers the educational advancement of white children. That argument will hold traction among conservatives, moderates, and progressives. As we prepare for the possibility of a post-Roe future, it might also be time to anticipate a future in which affirmative action is unavailable as a means of promoting diversity in and economic mobility through higher education.
LEONARD C. GOODMAN – A wrongly targeted Afghan aid worker and his family are among the latest casualties.
DAVID SWANSON – Fascism is a disease, a delusion, a toxic worldview. Itâ€™s encouraged and manipulated by propaganda. Its characteristics are numerous and to various degrees widespread and long-lasting.
ROBERT KOEHLER – Consider the limited thinking that produces a concept such as â€œborder security.â€ The essential assumption here is that the United States of America is primarily a physical container â€“ three and a half million square miles of freedom and prosperity, whoopee, but the supply is limited. Sorry, have-nots, we donâ€™t have room for you.
By Norman Solomon Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on theÂ New York TimesÂ home page stayed the same: â€œJust by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.â€ TheÂ SundayÂ headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S.…
JOSE-ANTONIO OROSCO – The US has always struggled with how to incorporate diverse peoples into a modern democracy. Philosopher Horace Kallen insists that part of this work has to be about our imagination and the way we talk and listen to one another across cultural differences. Trumpâ€™s plan would be like insisting that all voices of the choir have to sing baritone in order to make beautiful music. His plan is not innovative; itâ€™s tone deaf to the current needs of our society.
ROBERT kOEHLER – The challenge presented by Trump requires something more than resistance. I believe it requires reaching for, and pledging our allegiance to, a much larger, more compassionate and peace-oriented country than the one we have now. It requires pledging allegiance to the planet and the future.