How Can Social Media Firms Tackle Hate Speech?

September 23, 2018

Social media companies want to create a “safe” environment for users, and yet they would like to be seen as upholding the American value of free speech. When it comes to hate speech, what should they do? For years, social media companies have done relatively little to keep hate speech off of...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Trump’s “McCarthy-Era” Tactics

August 20, 2018

We need to understand how much Joe McCarthy influenced both political parties before attributing guilt to the other one alone.  After President Donald Trump removed former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, Military Times ran an article on the reaction of William H. McRaven,...

Humanity’s Failed Experiments

August 01, 2018

There is a planet-wide experiment that seems to be failing. You could think of it as humanity’s experiment with industrial civilization. There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late 60s, I was always 40 years old; I was, that is, an old young man...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: The Curse of Being a Precursor

July 04, 2018

Why doesn’t the United States as a nation simply admit that its culture is racist? As June ended, three incidents illustrated the daily reality of life in the US for anyone with black skin. In the first, a resident called the police on a 12-year-old boy who was mowing a neighbor’s lawn and...

The Problem With Over-Protesting Trump’s Policies

February 01, 2017

Why protesting is not always an optimal strategy for achieving political results. Since Donald Trump took office on January 20, demonstrations have become the norm. Protesting has its own benefits: It reminds voters that there are other means of expressing their demands beyond the ballot box....

Are Mexico and America Heading for a Breakup?

January 31, 2017

Mexico’s relationship with the US is at an impasse. Donald Trump has already built barriers around his relationship with Mexico that are higher than any wall. The diplomatic slip in the form of a tweet that ended with President Enrique Peña Nieto canceling their meeting was apparently fixed...

US-Russian Relations in an Uncomfortable World Order

January 30, 2017

There is a failure in the West to understand how the Kremlin interprets Washington's basic foreign policy aims and intentions. The telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on January 29 was the first official contact between the two leaders since...

Assimilation in America is Not Black and White

January 02, 2017

The notion of “assimilation” itself may be the source of the struggle, as Americans confront the assimilation of immigrants into their communities, whether they arrive legally or illegally. After spending almost four years arriving at the conclusion that an unprincipled, ignorant,...

Fidel Castro: The Last Great Revolutionary

November 30, 2016

With the death of Fidel Castro, the last great leader in the revolutionary movements of the 20th century has gone. It is with sadness that I learned about the death of the founder of modern Cuba, Comandante Fidel Castro. For the younger generations his may not be a familiar name, but for us...

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