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Tempest in a Tiny Teapot

Is the tea party one of the most successful scams in American political history?Before you dismiss the question, note that word successful. Judge the tea party...

Trivial Pursuits

Republicans were few—you could count them on one hand—in our Chicago neighborhood. The one on our block, Bob O’Rourke, was the Republican counterpart to Ann W. O’...

Midterm Exam

Californians aren't accustomed to thunder and lightning. Perhaps that's why they haven't detected the storm that is quietly brewing in their state.The November...

Extreme Makeover

On the eve of the primary that would end his electoral career, Rep. Mike Castle was in a reflective mood. He seemed calm and confident, yet almost everything he...

The Power of Negative Thinking

In an election, a solid "no" usually beats an uneasy "yes, but." That's the heart of the problem Democrats and President Barack Obama face this fall.The advantage...

Horror & Shame

From Commonweal's editorial of August 24, 1945:Two months ago (June 22, 1945) we were writing about poison gas. We said: “To the Orient we are bringing the latest...

The Politics of Stupidity

Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid?Start with taxes. In every other serious democracy, conservative political parties...

Humane Society?

Three years ago, in response to an article on vegetarianism that I published in this magazine (“All We Can Eat?” July 13, 2007), Andrew Linzey sent me an e-mail...

A Different Kind of Malaise

A weird malaise is haunting the Democratic Party. That's a risky word to use, I know. It's freighted with bad history and carries unfortunate implications. So...

An Added Dimension

Thomas Berry (1914–2009), the American cultural historian and “eco-theologian” who relished exploring natural boundaries and broadening religious understanding,...

Shoddy Work, Shabby Excuses

The Deepwater Horizon disaster will probably be remembered as the most severe environmental catastrophe of the early twenty-first century—an accident that would...

Obama's Double Bind

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created a double bind for the Obama administration. How it deals with a challenge even more complicated than it looks will...
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Humane Society?

July 7, 2010 | 0 comments