Dialectics of Dialect

Figures of Speech

Robin Lakoff: Between playin the whoopee necessary to produce two children concurrently by two women, and the whoopins, it’s hard to imagine where Mr. Peterson finds time to play football.

Timeless Relevance: “Turn, Turn, Turn” at 50

Achieving Social Change

Frank Fear: The “me-first,” self-absorbed ethic is a well-developed social pathology. America, the patient, is in triage. It will take incredible energy and effort—undertaken with wise, strategic, and ingenious intent—to accomplish the “turn” this country so desperately needs.

Terrorism, Patriotism, War, and Cultural Identity

Terrorism Patriotism War

Walter Moss: In Moral Imagination’s dozen essays David Bromwich focuses on important topics: terrorism and war, patriotism, cultural identity, 9/11, the American character, Abraham Lincoln, Edward Snowden and the decline of privacy, and the arrogance of U.S. foreign policy as demonstrated by Dick Cheney and others.

Time for a Day of National Protest

Day of National Protest

Michael T. Hertz: I would personally love to use the title, “American Spring,” because it harkens to the “Arab Spring” of 2012. But the failure of the right-wing version maybe tells us that a different title should be chosen. How about “Take Back Our Country!” or “Bring Back Democracy.”

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

Steve Hochstadt: My daughter Mae got married this weekend. That gave me a special status as father of the bride. But exactly what that means is not so clear.

Why Nixon Matters 40 Years Later

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Stanley Kutler: Nixon endures. He stands as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War Two. His style, achievements and failures range over the political landscape and persist nearly two decades after his death.

Politics Are Not That Important

politics and daily life

Steve Hochstadt: For most people most of the time, the political controversies which so agitate television news reporters, internet bloggers and radio screamers, are merely background noise.

Whom Do You Trust? 

Trusting Public Leaders

Frank Fear: It’s anybody’s guess when the public’s trust began eroding. There were instances, here and there, starting years ago. For many in my generation it began with the Nixon Years, especially “Watergate.” Today there’s a clear pattern of trust being debased.

Blame the Black Guy

Blaming President Obama

Tom Degan: Of all of their paranoid hallucinations regarding this boringly moderate president, the one that tickles me the most is the right’s perception of him as this wild-eyed, borderline socialist.

Stone Age Politics in Cyberspace

Stone Age Politics

Charles Hayes: One of life’s biggest mysteries, in my view, is why, once people realize the arbitrary nature of how beliefs are constructed, it doesn’t give them pause to examine some of their own hard and fast assumptions.

Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation

Netroots Nation 14

RJ Eskow: When it comes to influencing the presidential campaign, this year’s Netroots Nation was a missed opportunity. Ready for Warren had an extraordinary impact on the convention, however, and there will be other opportunities.

Sarah Palin Rolls Out the “I” Word

Impeach Obama

Tom Degan: The fact that this blabbering nincompoop was once selected for the second spot on a national ticket defies any sense of rationality. Gee, we do live in wonderful times, don’t we?

Howard Baker, A Lion That Roared

Senator Howard Baker

Lance Simmens: Howard Baker was not averse to partisan politics, it would be naïve to suggest otherwise, but in the formative years that I spent in Washington, DC and the halls of Congress it was accepted that compromise and civility would ultimately triumph and keep the engine of progress moving forward.

12 Most Inhumane Presidents

Most Inhumane Presidents

Al Carroll: Hopefully more scholars and more of the public will rank as I have, based on moral judgment or humanitarian longing, rather than on partisanship, ideological affinity, or what they think makes American presidencies look good or Americans feel good about themselves.

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