Saturday September 05, 2015
February 19th, 2015
By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more than the common good — look silly.
Bruce Jenner is sporting nail polish and a ponytail. If the Olympic gold medalist gets both a new identity a personal reality TV show, it may take a bite out of discrimination against trans people.
“Has nobody in this bleeping town heard of a kale salad?” I wanted to scream.
That’s the anguish of a Californian convert transplanted to Wisconsin in the dead of winter.
As I remind anyone who tries to assure me that Madison is a lovely town and Wisconsin has gorgeous summers, I came back for grad school — not the weather.
If anyone would be upset with Brian Williams, I figured that it would be Doug Sterner. The decorated Vietnam veteran has made a career out of tracking down heroes who deserve to be honored and exposing the "stolen valor" of phonies who don't.
Indecision may not be the best quality in a columnist, but in the case of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, that's what I find in myself: I doubt that the six-month suspension the network announced Tuesday night is enough, and I think he needs to step down.
Let's sing the praises of Obamacare for a minute.
Get back here! I said just for a minute. OK, it's not the tidiest law in history. You're probably still sulking because you wanted something simple and rational, like a single-payer plan. But it's here, and about 10 million people have health coverage who didn't have it before.
Business schools preach a strict, anti-social doctrine of corporate management that comes down to this: CEOs must be idiots.
By that I mean the original Greek word idiotes, which applied to people who care only about themselves and the prosperity of their immediate family. They’re the ones who reject any responsibility to the larger society, civic affairs, and the common good.
Sen. Rand Paul believes that vaccinating children should be up to the parents, an increasingly unpopular view after recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and other diseases. And throwing a newt's eye of quack science into the vat, the Kentucky Republican promotes the myth that these shots put children at risk.
The political results have been toil and trouble.
The world of food and agriculture symbolizes most of what's gone wrong in the United States. But because food is plentiful for most people, and the damage that conventional agriculture does isn't readily evident to everyone, it's important that we look deeper, beyond food, to the structure that underlies most decisions: the political economy.