Ian Bruffey

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Donald Trump May Not Be a Fascist, But He is Leading Us Merrily Down That Path

People who have studied the extremist right as a historical and sociopolitical phenomenon in depth are acutely aware of a simple truth: America has …

How The West Was Wrong: The Mystery Of Sacagawea

<b>If Grace Hebard</b> gave half a damn about the opinions of men, perhaps she would’ve married one. But she never had the time: Since ditching Iowa in 1882 for a pioneer’s life in Wyoming, she had become one of the most renowned scholars in the West. So when U.S. government officials kept rejecting …

Wind River

American democracy is doomed - Vox

America's constitutional democracy is going to collapse.<p>Some day — not tomorrow, not next year, but probably sometime before runaway climate change forces us to seek a new life in outer-space colonies — there is going to be a collapse of the legal and political order and its replacement by …

Political Science

Policy intellectuals -- eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office -- are a blight on the republic...

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In the age of the all-volunteer military and an endless stream of war zone losses and ties, it can be hard to keep Homeland enthusiasm up for perpetual war...

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Live and direct

The definitive oral history of 1980s digital icon Max Headroom<p>On Thursday, April 4th, 1985, a blast of dystopian satire hit the UK airwaves. <i>Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future</i> was a snarky take on media and corporate greed, told through the eyes of investigative journalist Edison Carter (Matt …

The Changing Face of Consumer Banking

More than 20 years ago, Bill Gates famously dismissed banks as dinosaurs that would soon be extinct from the modern marketplace.<p>More than 20 years ago, Bill Gates famously dismissed banks as dinosaurs that would soon be extinct from the modern marketplace. While our banking system has yet to …

Home Away

Israel, the ur-Homeland, is also a place of exile. When God comes to Abraham, and tells him to make a home in Canaan, the first thing Abraham must do …

The Dangers of Letting Algorithms Decide Who Is Eligible for Welfare

Public services are becoming increasingly algorithmic, a reality that has spawned hyperbolic comparisons to <i>RoboCop</i>and <i>Minority Report</i><i>,</i> enforcement …

This Is My Vision Of "Life"

A Conversation WithRichard Dawkins[4.30.15]<i>My vision of life is that everything extends from replicators, which are in practice DNA molecules on this</i> …

How to reform forensics

By Radley Balko<p>Radley Balko<p>Opinion writer focusing on civil liberties, the drug war and the criminal-justice system<p>Email Bio Follow<p>My favorite story of forensics malfeasance emerged from the North Carolina state crime lab a few years ago. I wrote about it at the time:<p>The relationships between SBI …

Criminology

Killer Pharmacy: Inside a Medical Mass Murder Case

U.S. Health and Medicine Meningitis Outbreak Justice Department Drugs<p>It was just another colorless trade show, one of thousands held each year in …

Mickey Mouse

The Myth of Police Reform

The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force.<p>There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state. We ask ourselves, …

Law Enforcement

Why Women Can’t Break Free from the Parent Trap

In May of last year, I took a trip to Nevada to report a profile of a political candidate. After a three-hour interview with my subject, a member of …

Paid Leave

An Evening with Michael Crichton: Events

Announcement | Video | Transcript<p>An Evening with Michael Crichton<b><br>November 15, 2005</b><p><b>Contents</b><p><b>David Theroux</b>, President, Independent Institute• <b><br>Michael</b> …

Humanist chaplain John Figdor: “Religion introduces moral problems that wouldn’t exist otherwise”

<b>Charlton Heston as Moses in "The Ten Commandments"</b><p>Let’s start with this one: “There is no God”<p>Michael Schulson<p>December 7, 2014 11:59am (UTC)<p>When students come to John Figdor, the humanist chaplain at Stanford, they’re often comfortable with their atheism. Big questions about God aren’t necessarily …

It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies...

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En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America’s peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France “to share a hug with all of Paris.”

After a State of the Union Address, we’re used to a rebuttal from the other party. This year, two of them turned out to be on the schedule. There was …

Measles outbreak: Why do some parents choose not to vaccinate?

It's a question that's being asked with increased intensity and often hostility in the wake of a measles outbreak at Disneyland. Parents who decide …

Nocookies

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Software

How America's 1989 invasion of Panama explains the current US foreign policy mess

US soliders in Panama, December 1989. <a …

What is the value of toleration?

<b>John Stuart Mill’s classic work On Liberty informs much of our thinking on toleration</b><p>Many people living in liberal societies take it for granted that …

Portrait of a Young Man with Down Syndrome

For Hire: Dedicated Young Man with Down Syndrome<p>A father reflects on his son's search for employment<p><i>Published on May 25, 2014</i><p>Jamie is my son. He is 22 years old. He is a bright, gregarious, effervescent young man with an amazing cataloguing memory and an insatiable intellectual curiosity about the …

Why Teachers Pay for Students' Supplies Out of Their Own Pockets

In the second volume in our series on American teachers, we're exploring the reality that many of our public schools are greatly underfunded, short …

David Foster Wallace and the Nature of Fact

<i>Josh Roiland | Literary Journalism Studies | Fall 2013 | 23 minutes (5,690 words)</i><p><i>Josh Roiland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of</i> …

The Hunt for El Chapo

How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured.<p>One afternoon last December, an assassin on board a K.L.M. flight from Mexico City arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. This was not a business trip: the killer, who was thirty-three, liked to travel, and often documented his journeys around …