Engaging with Extremism

Engaging with Extremism

In my research, I repeatedly hear the same refrain: “If people knew what I knew, they would believe what I believe.” Followed by: “We need more education.” Nearly all of the people — 99.5 percent — who are still dying from COVID-19 are unvaccinated. At this point,...
A Dangerous Moment for Academic Freedom

A Dangerous Moment for Academic Freedom

The state of Florida just passed a law that — to put it mildly — grossly violates academic freedom. Under the new bill, recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, students and faculty will be surveyed about their political views to ensure “intellectual freedom and...
The GOP Is Trying to Outlaw Democracy

The GOP Is Trying to Outlaw Democracy

Ralph Waldo Emerson told of a dinner guest who went on and on about the virtue of honesty, offering his own life as a model of perfect rectitude. “The louder he talked of his honor,” said Emerson, “the faster we counted our spoons.” That’s my reaction to the cacophony...