June, 2013

Some Thoughts on Religion and Politics, Persecution and Liberty

Some Thoughts on Religion and Politics, Persecution and Liberty

President Obama’s recent remarks about religious division in Northern Ireland sparked considerable and increasingly heated opposition from Christian leaders. Unfortunately, the fuse lit by Obama has offered not much light, by anyone on either side of the fight. “If Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another, and...

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The Smithsonian, Slavery, and Jefferson

The Smithsonian, Slavery, and Jefferson

Those who follow my work know that I have for some time been one of the few white guys today who speaks and writes openly, and apologetically, about the problem of Negro slavery in the American Founding. When my time on Earth is over, I’m sure this will earn me some kind of title as yet another dreaded “dead white male from an outdated past” by future historians—if any bother to take note...

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Republican Long-Term Strategy Looks Like Déjà vu All Over Again

Conservative Republicans seem to have come to the strategy, at least in speech, that progressives figured out a century ago: the key to advancing one’s agenda is long-term political investments and infrastructure that change the culture and inform public opinion, not short-sighted support for this campaign here, that ballot initiative there. But have Republicans actually adopted the strategy...

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