Category: U.S. Politics

Posts that refer to the U.S. political and economic system

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Why North Carolina’s Politics Matters

Embed from Getty Images Democracy is not an absolute concept, but rather exists on a continuum between itself and autocracy. Recently, North Carolina took a large step in the wrong direction. Will other states...

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A Debate on the Iran Deal

Curious about the nuclear deal with Iran? Listen to both sides, as my colleague and friend, Nathan Gonzalez, debates Robert Kaufman on the merits of the final agreement at the following link: Obama says Iran deal...

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Storytelling and Politics: The Value of Empathy

In particular, stories of the “other” — the poor, racial/ethnic/religious minorities, etc. — provide evidence of a society’s true values and deepest insecurities. At the heart of the issue is the extent to which these stories describe the world as it truly is or as we hope/fear it is.

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Religious Freedom For Whom?

North Carolina recently became the twenty-sixth state to pass some form of anti-Sharia legislation. Supporters have repeatedly claimed that these laws protect women from discrimination. Unfortunately, one only has to look to the actual cases when these laws have been applied to discover how they are being used against the women they claim to help.