Peter Laarman: Those who read Loaded will be able to see that the “irrationality” of things like open-carry laws and widespread resistance to gun safety measures become entirely comprehensible when viewed within the overall trajectory of a religiously-infused American Exceptionalism.
Peter Laarman: Let’s try this simple test. Would a good pastor suck up to presidents and other powerful people, granting them general absolution despite their known crimes?
Peter Laarman: The real scandal here is the spectacle of Democrats still trying to make nice with white evangelical tribalists at the expense of their own stated values and principles.
Peter Laarman: What some call the Trumpocalypse simply reveals more fully the cancer that was already there, that was always there, and that is always and ever metastasizing.
Secret List of Problem Deputies Thwarts Constitutional Justice Fifty-four years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors must make defendants aware of all evidence that might be favorable to their cases, including information that could undermine the credibility of the government witnesses who, for the most part, are police officers. That constitutional principle is […]
Peter Laarman: Will Democrats and the liberal establishment throw everything they’ve got against a plan as purulent as this one is, making maximum use of social media and offering a passionate justice-centered critique rather than the usual nerdy inside-the-Beltway talking points?
Panelists will then lean into an interactive discussion of what a fully sane and human alternative model of public safety would look like.
or almost ten years now, the folks at Sojourners and other progressive evangelical outfits have been reminding us that “budgets are moral documents.” All well and good. I agree. But I will add that tax systems are at least as revealing, perhaps more so, when it comes to the ethical bearings of any state or […]
Peter Laarman: Hay had what every successful fraudster needs, which is the capacity to lie boldly and never turn back.
Peter Laarman: As many Black pundits and activists have been pointing out, we have arrived at a real moment of truth for white people, specifically for white liberals, many of whom seemed fairly oblivious to the ugly reality of persistent white supremacy until Charlottesville exploded.
Peter Laarman: In a realpolitik moment, Saperstein observed that what any religious freedom ambassador can expect to accomplish often depends on other moving parts within government.
It goes without saying that the insurance companies and health providers are totally free to suck out your blood.
awyer-approved CIA torture, “renditions” to other state torturers, mechanized assassination-by-drone (with many thousands of innocents collaterally killed), bloody and chaotic regime change premised on falsified intelligence, the moral injury suffered by soldiers in America’s interminable twilight wars, what the liberators saw in the Nazi death camps, the ongoing legacy of American lynching: these are all […]