Owen Chalmers

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We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand

The way the public hears about conservation issues is nearly always in the mode of ‘[Beloved Animal] Threatened With Extinction’. That makes for …

Biodiversity

To improve schools, let teachers take over

Walk through a typical public school, and you see students, sitting in rows of identical desks, listening to teachers talk.<p>Unless the teacher is particularly inspiring, half of the students are zoning out. This isn't just a problem for teachers, half of whom leave the profession within their first …

It’s not just Fox News: How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street

Center-left pundits have carried water for the president for six years. Their predictable excuses all ring hollow<p>As the Obama administration enters its seventh year, let us examine one of the era’s greatest peculiarities: That one of the most cherished rallying points of the president’s supporters …

Political Science

2015 Solutions

The nuclear weapon has checkmated the military in foreign policy. Time and time again, the United States proved in the Korean and Vietnam Wars that we would never use our nuclear power except to defend the homeland. Today, any military conflict with China threatens to "go nuclear" and should be …

The Legal -- and Moral -- Case for Obama's Immigration Action

On January 9, a federal court is scheduled to listen to arguments about President Obama's executive actions to shield more than 4 million people from deportation. Supporters of the president's action will point to the Constitution, the statutes and regulations, and precedent to underscore the …

“No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society<p>It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have surrendered; shooting unarmed teens; knocking pregnant women to the ground. While the issues involving race, civil rights …

American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years

Thomas Piketty raised the Big Questions this year about democracy and inequality. Some students and I went looking for answers.<p>2014 was, among other …

Rebecca Solnit: The Age of Capitalism is over

Rebecca Solnit assesses our poisonous fossil fuel dependency — and why we’re on the verge of a paradigm shift<p>It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in the Year Six. Written in sepia ink on heavy paper, …