Peter Laarman: It is significant, even breathtaking, that as a consequence of the Sanders campaign AND as consequence of worsening job quality and rising debt, a majority of millennials now say that they prefer socialism to capitalism.
Peter Laarman: I have been reading and hearing that there is considerable mourning among the ranks of the good Christian soldiers of Iowa and elsewhere that Ted’s path was “foreclosed” by the Trump juggernaut.
Peter Laarman: Now we have another total insurgent who has somehow slipped through the cracks and is depriving the party establishment of a good night’s sleep. And all that the party establishment is able to say, with an increasing degree of arrogance, is that the “math” ensures that the insurgent will never be nominated.
Peter Laarman: If a political naif or a nut case like Ben Carson were to make this kind of insulting and preposterous statement, you might just shrug it off. But Hillary? Hillary and AIDS
Peter Laarman: Why can’t Douthat admit that the apostasy he deplores is at the center of white Christianity and not at the margins?
Peter Laarman: The truth is that black people in North Carolina had more political power in 1868 than they did in 1968. We had more political power after the Voting Rights Act in 1965 than we do today after Shelby.
Peter Laarman: In the absence of truly democratic policies that provide equitable access to jobs, housing and education, the social and cultural institutions provided by some black churches, both alternative and traditional, represent an antidote to these inequities.
Peter Laarman: In some cities there has been visible conflict between Old Guard pastors (many of whom still identify with the 20th century civil rights movement) and the New Guard of fearless youth, many of whom are not shy about showing contempt for the pastors.
Peter Laarman: I am offering my own time and energy along with my ideas for an effective program to combat Christian-inspired terrorism in these United States. I am ready to step up, and I am most eager to hear what you think.
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.