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WILLIAM A. COHN – Free Speech in 2017: Is the Town Square Model of Democracy Dead?

A year ago, preparing to teach my undergraduate free speech class I found myself questioning free speech fundamentalism. Struck by the unseemly reality of free expression and the unsettling insights of Kelefah Sanneh in The Hell You Say, the simple comforting notion that more speech is always better than less speech seemed suspect. Now, one must question the very assumptions …

A man from the Lakota Sioux tribe with a Native American tattoo on his neck poses for a photograph during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Valerie Volcovici – Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations leftright 5/5leftright

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves. Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 …

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Andrew Nikiforuk – The End of Growth and the Rise of Trump

The world did not end, but it changed when the United States elected a narcissistic billionaire and racist demagogue as its president. As Albert Camus once noted, “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” But there is no shortage of such men in politics and commerce at the moment. Donald Trump’s electoral victory says something …

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JOHN LIGHT – The Lawsuit That Could Save the Planet

Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is a devastating blow to the environmental community, coming at a crucial juncture in the fight against climate change. As Rebecca Leber and Ben Adler write for Grist, nearly all of President Barack Obama’s climate legacy probably will be undone in the Trump administration. With both Congress and and the presidency in the hands …

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Leid Stories—Election 2016: 16 Days to … What?—10.26.16

With D-Day just 16 days away, Leid Stories “polls” listeners’ state of mind about the election; if/how they are likely to vote; how media coverage might have shaped their views and decisions; and how “third” parties and independent movements will fare at the polls.

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SAM HUSSEINI – Why We Should All Remain Seated: the Anti-Muslim Origins of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

As several writers have noted — before and after the furor surrounding quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” — the national anthem is racist. Specifically, the third stanza: No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of …

Michael Payne – The Violent Image That America Projects To the World

In years past, especially after the end of World War II, America had a stellar image in the world. Nations and their people looked up to this symbol of freedom and democracy. They respected its government and admired its people. America was often thought of as a role model for all other nations. How things change. Much of that respect …

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Richard Krushnic and Jonathan Alan King – Privatizing the Apocalypse

Imagine for a moment a genuine absurdity: somewhere in the United States, the highly profitable operations of a set of corporations were based on the possibility that sooner or later your neighborhood would be destroyed and you and all your neighbors annihilated.  And not just you and your neighbors, but others and their neighbors across the planet. What would we …

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Todd Miller – The Booming Business of Border Exclusion

The GuardBot – a rolling, rubber sphere with surveillance cameras attached like small, domed ears – was first meant to explore Mars. Now, it’s showing off its ability to locate undocumented people on the blue carpet at events such as the Border Security Expo, the United States’ premier border policing conference. At the primary debate this month, Republican presidential candidate …