And I still do. These were my thoughts as this dumpster fire of a SCOTUS confirmation proceeded. What will come of the allegation by Christine Blasey Ford, a clinical psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when he was seventeen and she was fifteen? As of today, … More I Believe Christine Blasey Ford
Two weeks ago, I published a conversation with an old friend about the possibilities for curbing gun violence following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, an incident that left 17 teachers and students dead. Many other students, despite being wounded and traumatized, have stepped forward to lead a social movement … More Teachers Are Not Soldiers
Joseph Castillo and I met in the fall of 1976 as first year students at Yale University. He was from the southwest, I was from the Northeast; he was a science major, and I was an English major. Joe became an engineer and entrepreneur and I became a history professor, he is politically right of … More After the Parkland Massacre, What?
I want to know what Andrea Dworkin would have had to say about Harvey Weinstein. It’s been half a century since Dworkin — a controversial member of the first generation of radical feminists to theorize about sexual violence — and other second-wave feminists started the modern conversation about sexual violence, and sometimes it seems that … More Harvey Weinstein and the problem of collaborators
The National Football League (founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football League, and relaunched in 1922) opens its 95th season tonight, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has no job. While the many experts who populate television, radio, and web forums claim that Kaepernick’s unemployment has nothing to do with the political … More Why Colin Kaepernick Isn’t Working
With all the cheerful talk last week about a nuclear confrontation with North Korea, a number of people in my social media feeds have been obsessing about how much our collective civil defense skills have eroded since the 1960s. However, a quick trip to the National Archives digital collections has reassured me that we have nothing … More How to Survive a Nuclear Attack
“if you don’t shut up,” the male Transportation Security Administration official said to me flatly, “I would be happy to arrange to take you somewhere else and do a more thorough search.” Yes, he was threatening me with detention and a strip search. What had I done? I hadn’t lost my temper. Not yet, at … More Fly the Angry Skies: Navigating Militarized Air Travel