Amanda Knickerbocker

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Celebrity killer culture: When grandiosity, privilege and entitlement turn attention-seeking into violence

Go back to our first presidential assassins, John Wilkes Booth and Charles Guiteau, to find the roots of this rage<p>Let me tell you a story. It’s a story inspired by the tragic events of Wednesday morning, of yet another shooting in which two innocent people were killed followed by the gunman …

Did Religion Make the American Civil War Worse?

Faith may have inflamed the conflict, but one lasting legacy of the war may be the toll it took upon American faith.<p>If there is one sober lesson Americans seem to be taking out of the bathos of the Civil War sesquicentennial, it’s the folly of a nation allowing itself to be dragged into the war in …

War

Why Iran’s Anti-Semitism Matters

A close read of Obama and Kerry’s comments on whether Iranian leaders seek Israel’s destruction<p>A few days ago, I spoke with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the politics of the Iran deal (you can find the full interview here), and at one point in our conversation I put to Kerry what I …

Political Science

“The Confederate flag still flies overseas”: Endless war, domestic racism and the forgotten history of the stars and bars

Before it became a pennant for right-wing backlash, the Confederate flag was a symbol of American imperialism<p>The Pentagon just can’t let go. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced that they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise. Ebay says it will stop …

FDR’s Sorry Domestic Spying Record

The Japanese internment camps comprised the worst blot on Roosevelt’s civil liberties record, but he also approved spying and harassment of other …

History