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We should love material things more than we do now, not less – Nick Thorpe

On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island <i>moai</i>, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his …

Double Jeopardy

In Alabama, a judge can override a jury that spares a murderer from the death penalty.<p>On an April night in 1997, when Shonelle Jackson was eighteen, he went out to a local club in Montgomery, Alabama. As he and several friends watched a d.j. perform, a young man called Cocomo—a gang member from …

Criminal Justice

Why Innocent People Plead Guilty

The criminal justice system in the United States today bears little relationship to what the Founding Fathers contemplated, what the movies and …

The Price of a Life

What’s the right way to compensate someone for decades of lost freedom?<p>As teen-agers on Long Island, John Restivo and Marge Neidecker spent hours in her blue Road Runner, cruising around the towns where Queens gives way to Nassau County. “We did a lot of drag racing,” Neidecker remembered. “I owned …

An interview with a conscientious objector – Lyle Jeremy Rubin

First Lieutenant Jacob Bridge is stationed in Hawaii as a logistics officer. He started Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of …

The Embattled First Amendment

The Supreme Court is interpreting free speech in new ways that threaten our democracy<p>By Lincoln Caplan<p>March 4, 2015<p>Can free speech wreck the American …

Practicing Islam in Short Shorts

The scenario I'm about to describe has happened to me more times than I can count, in more cities than I can remember, mostly in Western cities here …

Religion

Violence stalks the American Dream like a badass cowboy – Jean Kim

American culture is infused with the enduring vision of the American Dream: the Big Idea of the self-made individual who comes upon a new land and …

To Have and to Hold

Reproduction, marriage, and the Constitution.<p>When Louise Trubek and her husband, Dave, drove from New Haven to Washington to listen to oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Trubek v. Ullman, she was pregnant. The Trubeks had met at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and married in 1958. The …

Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes

A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation — read the whole series here.<p><b>Imagine a private, global super</b> <b>court that</b> empowers corporations to bend …

American genesis

In treating the nation’s founders as holy relics, America forgets they were revolutionaries and risk-takers<i>By Caroline Winterer</i> Read at Aeon

John Locke

Can a divided America heal? | Jonathan Haidt

Battleground America

One nation, under the gun.<p>Just after seven-thirty on the morning of February 27th, a seventeen-year-old boy named T. J. Lane walked into the cafeteria at Chardon High School, about thirty miles outside Cleveland. It was a Monday, and the cafeteria was filled with kids, some eating breakfast, some …

Inside Hillsong, the Church of Choice for Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant

It’s the church of choice for Bieber and Durant. It’s where the cool kids spend Sunday morning after Saturday night at the club. For ye of little faith, it’s hard to make sense out of Hillsong. Is it legit? Is it a hipster cult? And why’s everyone wearing Saint Laurent? GQ’s Taffy Brodesser-Akner …

Nonviolence has returned from obscurity to become a new force – Karuna Mantena

No political action seems to enjoy greater moral authority than the nonviolent methods Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated more than a century ago. Gandhi’s …

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

On St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, in the auditorium of the city’s public-safety headquarters, the members of the Police Board sat at tables at the front of the room, beneath a framed genealogy: “Chicago Police Generations — a Proud Family Tradition.” Officers lined the perimeter of the hall, two …

Justice

How free is our freedom of the press? | Trevor Timm

The Undermining of American Charity

Our backgrounds may be relevant to the criticisms we make here of a major flaw in the financing of charities today. Lewis Cullman is a New York …

Retirement

How the ‘war on drugs’ entrenches patterns of drug addiction

Since Richard Nixon famously called for an ‘all-out offensive’ on the war on drugs in 1971, the US government has funnelled a trillion dollars into …

Drug Addiction

Three Years of Nights

Above:The author at a crime scene in October 2013 Photo: Anthony Souffle/<i>Chicago Tribune</i><p>Halfway between dusk and dawn in the dead of winter, I parked …

Brigitte Gabriel Wants You To Fight Islam

The anti-Islam group ACT for America has a direct line to Donald Trump. Now, it has seized on allegations of a hideous crime in Idaho’s Magic Valley to spread its reach among regular Americans.<p><b>Brigitte Gabriel, the most influential</b> leader in America’s increasingly influential anti-Islam lobby, is a …

Should We See Everything a Cop Sees?

On his first day on the job in the Seattle Police Department, Mike Wagers was invited to an urgent meeting about transparency. It was July 28, 2014, little more than a week after Eric Garner was killed on Staten Island, less than two weeks before Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., and …

Justice

What I Pledge Allegiance To

I returned home after 20 years away, and it helped me finally come to terms with our nation’s most fraught symbol.<p>Story by Kiese Laymon <br>Illustration …

Black History