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Black-on-Black Racism: The Hazards of Implicit Bias

How the politics of respectability twists society<p>In his year-end press conference, President Obama was asked about the state of black America. He responded by saying blacks are “better off than they were,” but juxtaposed that with the lingering issues evinced in the recent tragic police encounters …

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.<p>Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, <i>The Wages of Destruction</i>. And so it is …

Your Spirit Animal: An Investigation

How did the concept of the spiritual guide leap from Native American tradition to Internet irony? With the help of Tumblr, the Times, and Samuel L. Jackson.<p>What is your spirit animal? Is it the manatee? Is it the snow leopard? Is it Beyoncé perched upon a bear in the manner of Vladimir Putin? …

Key and Peele Are TV’s Funniest Couple

The scene: two men with guns prowl through a ravaged urban wasteland after an alien apocalypse. They’re looking for other human survivors, but …

Have A Terrible Habit? 6 Experts Tell You How to Break It

Inc. columnists share their best habit busting tips.<p>I may not be as self aware as some, but I have a pretty good idea about which of my bad habits are getting in the way of my path to success. Still somehow it's difficult to stop doing these things that have become part of my regular life. For some …

‘Dear White People’ Is the Race Movie America Didn’t Know It Needed

Ashley Blaine Peterson stares into the camera and, with a smirk, puts a pin in the tiresomely enduring racist stereotype that pits fried chicken and …

Dear Anti-Marcoses, Pro-Marcoses, and the Spirit of Philippine Martial Law

I write this with a serious understanding and thus acceptance that Filipinos don't grasp the power of these two words: <b>Never. Again</b>. I have also learned to accept that many Filipinos confuse (Catholic) Forgiveness with these wrought sisters, Denial and Powerlessness. That "history repeats itself" …

The Right Way to Present Your Business Case

You’ve already put a great deal of work into preparing a solid business case for your project or idea. But when it comes to the critical presentation phase, how do you earn the support of decision makers in the room? How do you present your case so that it’s clear and straightforward while also …

How to Pray in the Public Square

In January 2009, I was sleepless over a public prayer. I was asked by then President-elect Obama to deliver the invocation at the opening inaugural …

Have Compassion for Yourself

How one author breaks the cycles of self-loathing<p>If you're familiar with that ubiquitous Marianne Williamson quotation ("Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure …"), you might also have come across its slightly more reserved cousin: …

A Certain Path to Diversity (With or Without Affirmative Action)

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that states can ban racial preferences in admissions to public colleges and universities, it's possible that the days of affirmative action are numbered. In states that ban race-based admissions, selective colleges can still recruit and accept more low-income …

Why whites don’t see racism: Reagan Democrats are Stephen Colbert Democrats now

<b>(Reuters/Mike Blake)</b><p>With different frames of reference, the perception gap on racial issues is widening — and affects policy choices<p>Sheryll Cashin<p>May 3, 2014 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America”<p>There is a perception gap in the electorate between …

“I’ll never apologize for my white privilege” guy is basically most of white America

<b>Tal Fortgang (Fox News)</b><p>Princeton University freshman Tal Fortgang is a jerk, but he’s not an outlier on the issue of racism in America<p>Katie McDonough<p>May 4, 2014 9:03pm (UTC)<p>A college student who doesn't believe in the existence of structural racism or white supremacy wrote an essay about why he …

The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

Why are Alaska's Aleutian Islands so racially mixed? And other questions from a new map of U.S. populations.<p>Data wizard Randy Olson, the guy behind that astounding graph illuminating the reality of paying for college with minimum-wage work, has created another beautiful visualization: a map of …

America’s mad dash to oligarchy: How government became a protection racket for the 1 percent

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>New research confirms what we’ve long suspected — the Senate is responsive to the policy preferences of the rich<p>Bill Moyers • Michael Winship<p>April 22, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to “Working for the Few,” a recent …

From Purpose to Impact

<i>The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. —Mark Twain</i><p>Over the past five years, there’s been an explosion of interest in purpose-driven leadership. Academics argue persuasively that an executive’s most important role is to be a steward of the …

The Key to Lasting Behavioral Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic

<i>Why can’t I force myself to go to the gym before work? Get my high-priority work done</i> before <i>I check my email? Stop letting my expense reports pile up? Why am I so bad at changing?</i><p>Even the most motivated people can get stuck, frustrated, and lose hope during the process of behavioral change. As a …

The Knicks Aren't a Sports Team. They're a Reality Show, and Phil Jackson is Their Latest Star.

The New York Knicks will be holding a press conference on Tuesday at 11am, at which time they will formally announce that Phil Jackson, will be …

Feminism, Depravity, and Power in House of Cards

Claire Underwood and the seductive appeal of ruthless winners<p><i>House of Cards</i>, which recently released its second season on Netflix, is a series "intent on congratulating the viewer for being suspicious of politicians," says TV critic Todd VanDerWerff, "but it’s not particularly interested in …

The Changing Face of Christian Politics

Looking back, 2013 is likely to be remembered as the final collapse of the old, confrontational Religious Right in favor of a less partisan, more pragmatic approach.<p>In the closing days of 2013, Representative Steve King summed up the year in religion and politics well. After a year in which …

Pope Francis: “We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market”

Pope Francis has issued his first apostolic exhortation (a lower-ranking document than an encyclical), entitled <i>Evangelii Gaudium</i>—an 84-page document that serves, in a sense, as the official platform of his papacy. You can read the whole thing in English here.<p>The exhortation covers a lot of ground, …

No Drama Obama’s Dramatic 2012 Reelection Campaign

The press liked to call their style No Drama Obama.<p>It was a nice turn of phrase that matched the mood of the candidate in 2008.<p>But that all changed …