The Madison Avenue Brain of a “Guns Right” Judge

June 07, 2021

The most memorable three words of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, may well be: “Aux armes, citoyens.” Composed in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution and five years after the ratification of the US Constitution, the anthem’s lyrics dramatically recreate the...

Young Men Motivated by Hatred

August 05, 2019

Another weekend and another spate of terrorist shootings in America carried out by young men motivated by hatred toward people who are ostensibly different to them, to such an extent that they are willing to kill people in mass shootings. In the rush to come to an understanding as to why these...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Gun Rights” in America

July 25, 2018

A Russian student provides the easy recipe for how to spy on America: tell people you believe in gun rights. Maria Butina, a Russian college graduate, student, spy or “aspiring businesswoman,” according to one's point of view, found a way of ingratiating herself to most of the Republican...

Advice to College Graduates in the Age of Trump

June 05, 2018

We need you, class of 2018, not under some desk, but out there, ready to change our world for the better. Class of 2018, I’ve always been told that a joke’s a good way to launch any talk. It’s a matter of breaking the ice, though on your graduation day, with the temperature soaring into...

Kids Confront America’s Gun Culture

April 06, 2018

As young people try to sustain the momentum of the moment, they should stay focused on the political process and keep making it personal. The day before 800,000 or so of their constituents showed up in Washington, DC, for the recent March for Our Lives, the US Congress recessed yet again and...

Gun Control: Lessons from US History

March 12, 2018

More than mere weapons, guns serve many real and imaginary purposes in the minds of Americans.  Donald Trump is a professional troublemaker. Not even Republicans will deny that. As Paul Ryan scrambles to avoid a trade war provoked by Trump’s persistent intention to deploy his art of the...

We Need a #MeToo Moment for School Shootings

February 16, 2018

Does the #MeToo movement offer a model for overcoming our compassion fatigue with mass shootings? How long will it be before the next mass killing on American soil rips our hearts open and has us begging for a change in the US gun laws? Be warned: It will be soon. Only last November, a gunman...

America’s New Homegrown Terrorism Dilemma

June 23, 2016

The ongoing policies to prevent radicalization are woefully lagging behind in the US. The struggle against terrorism, and in particular the fight against modern Islamic extremism, could well be described as Sisyphean rather than Herculean. Governments, security agencies and police forces face...