Peter Laarman: The chattering classes are all agog to learn from two Princeton economists that white working-class America has been having an even harder time of it than was suspected.
Peter Laarman: Almost nobody with a soapbox, and (sadly) none of our religious leaders, talks about broader GOP campaign to strangle what remains of the welfare state.
Peter Laarman: High school history teachers who prep America’s best and brightest in their AP classes had better go easy on any tarnishing aspects of this country’s sacred story.
LA Top Cops: LA’s cop culture remains what it’s always been—tribal and brutal—whether it’s Bratton and Baca or Beck and McDonnell running our largest police agencies.
Peter Laarman: Because white nationalism has had to go underground does not make it less dangerous; we know that just the opposite is the case.
Peter Laarman: What begins in the column as praise for Francis ends as a patronizing lecture on the virtuous dynamism of the market system
Peter Laarman: When black people are slaughtered by white supremacists, we in fact do know something about the mind of the perpetrators. We know that these are people gripped by fear and rage. Fear that their own insecurities and crimes will be found out, and rage against black people for unfailingly bearing silent witness to these same insecurities and crimes.
Peter Laarman: The Christian moderates who are now awakening to looming climate catastrophe are also, in many cases, awakening to the virulently antisocial nature of advanced finance capitalism
Peter Laarman: Just who has borne the brunt of deindustrialization and union-busting over these same 35 years? Yes, you guessed it, the African American community.
Peter Laarman: What the speeches most represented was the standard white perspective that we have problems due to the “legacy” of slavery rather than due to what anti-racism activist Frank Joyce more accurately describes as a “living, breathing organism of the present.”
Peter Laarman: Even after coming to support a degree of legal equality for Blacks, Lincoln never believed that Blacks could be the social equals of whites.
Peter Laarman: From religious violence to fear of contagion to economic and racial injustice: taking full measure of what we are up against.
Peter Laarman: What most dismays international observers of today’s America is the absence of spiritual maturity in a country that claims to be close to God and where so many say religious belief is central in their lives.