Rights and Democracy

I’m Not Cheering the End of 2016

I’m Not Cheering the End of 2016

If you thought 2016 was bad, I have bad news: Buckle up. Hopefully 2017 won't bring the deaths of more beloved celebrities, and I doubt we'll see the killing of any more famous gorillas. But one element that made 2016 terrible isn't going anywhere. It's actually...

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The Year of ‘Post-Truth’

The Year of ‘Post-Truth’

"Post-Truth." The Oxford English Dictionary named this its word of the year for 2016. This was a year when campaign lies — most, though not all, coming out of the Donald's mouth — were so numerous that fact checking became nearly impossible. Yes, each individual...

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This Man May Be Trump’s Most Dangerous Cabinet Pick

This Man May Be Trump’s Most Dangerous Cabinet Pick

President-elect Donald Trump recently picked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his nominee for U.S. attorney general, a position that leads the Department of Justice and serves as the top law enforcement officer for the country. But even a cursory look at Sessions’...

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Draining the Swamp: A How-To Guide

Draining the Swamp: A How-To Guide

When President-elect Donald Trump talked about "draining the swamp," it evoked the way Bernie Sanders talks about how the system is rigged. Many Americans believe — with good reason — that powerful corporate lobbyists, elites, and other moneyed interests control the...

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On the Ground in Standing Rock

On the Ground in Standing Rock

Beyond the protests, police crackdowns, and pipeline drama, what's it really like at Standing Rock, North Dakota? This October, I went to see for myself. Like many other Native and non-Native visitors, I went to support the Standing Rock Sioux's effort to keep the...

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Why We Still Need Feminism

Why We Still Need Feminism

From his campaign rhetoric to his transition appointments, our next president has placed himself squarely in a conservative movement calling itself the "alt-right." That movement, the Los Angeles Times reports, "generally embraces and promotes white nationalism,...

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Fakery Is Reality for Our Next President

Fakery Is Reality for Our Next President

All hail Augusts Trumpus — the American Putin, whom none can criticize! All hail the All Knowing One, who reveals "realities" that aren't there and finds "facts" that mere mortals can't detect. Once again, the Amazing Donald has demonstrated his phantasmagoric power...

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