Lies Suborn the Faithful

Editors’ Note: Reposted from NPR, February 21, 2021. Jared Stacy is still processing his decision to leave Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Va., last year. Until November, he was ministering to young parishioners in their 20s and 30s. But in… Read More ›

Carefully Taught

The music and lyrics from South Pacific (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 stage classic and later a hit film) occasionally resonate in the current discourse concerning racial and ethnic relations. One tune, You Have to Be Carefully Taught, is preceded by… Read More ›

Tangled Up in Blue

Book Review by Frank Blechman Rosa Brooks’ new book, Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City, does not have all the answers about how to improve policing or police. Maybe, it doesn’t have any. It is, however, an honest,… Read More ›

Statehood for DC: Not a Good Idea

Since the Democrats captured a one-VP-vote majority in the United States Senate, a variant strain of Potomac fever has emerged infecting many DMV residents, pundits, and commentators. The fever has been incubated and accelerated, in part, as HR 1 as… Read More ›

Advise and Dissent, or Discontent

Dudgeon is the quaint, perhaps archaic, term for a feeling of offense or deep resentment. In times of old, the phrase was sometimes heightened as high dudgeon, causing anger or even an outburst. The emotional character of dudgeon is known… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

JOSEPH ISADORE LIEBERMAN Most recall the famous, or infamous, presidential election of 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College–by five votes–to George W. Bush. Bush’s running mate, Dick Cheney, is equally well known…. Read More ›

Make No Law . . .

It was crystal clear to the authors of the US Constitution that the English experience in having established a state-favored religion caused unending mischief and bad public policy to the detriment of those who did not belong to the Church… Read More ›

Making Equity Universal

By Frank Blechman Over the last few years, the number of observers who have ‘discovered’ inequities in the American system has exploded. Everywhere commentators looked, they found problems in education, health care, employment, and (my goodness) law enforcement. Some highly… Read More ›