Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

I’ve written at least 75 columns on gun control over the years. It might have been as many as 100. Every time some demented loser would haul a gun — usually some sort of automatic — into a public place and lay waste around him (it’s always a him), I would get on my...
A Perfect Portrait of Corporate Crime

A Perfect Portrait of Corporate Crime

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here’s one worth a thousand times that. It’s a shot of three Volkswagen board members, gathered for a press conference to announce the resignation of Martin Winterkorn. VW’s disgraced CEO was forced out after the...
Creating a Constituency for the News

Creating a Constituency for the News

There’s a crisis in journalism. Rapidly changing consumer habits have slashed demand for the print editions of newspapers and magazines, squeezed advertising dollars, and made thousands of media jobs vanish. The news industry’s downturn has created another crisis:...
Not About Us Without Us

Not About Us Without Us

A few of my African friends have adopted a slogan: “not about us without us.” They use it to protest international decisions about their continent that are developed without any input from African people. It’s a wonderful phrase. I think it applies...
Diversity Sells

Diversity Sells

From the television sets in our living rooms to our local movie theaters, diversity appears to be the new black. Fresh off the success of small-screen hits like Fox’s musical drama Empire, CW’s telenovela-inspired Jane the Virgin, and ABC’s...