Rights and Democracy

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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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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Get an IUD While You Can

Get an IUD While You Can

As soon as the presidential election results were announced, alarm bells went off for anyone who cares about reproductive rights. Lawmakers around the country have been moving for years to restrict abortion rights. But for millions of women who've taken proactive...

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Self-Defense for Whom?

Self-Defense for Whom?

In every state in the country, the right to self-defense is considered a mitigating factor in criminal prosecutions. If you use violence to defend yourself in an extreme situation, most Americans believe, the law should treat you gently. But not everyone gets to enjoy...

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