A Feature of the ‘Big Lie’ Is Always with Us

A Feature of the ‘Big Lie’ Is Always with Us

An untruth can be so blatantly obvious, so public, and responses to it so bizarre and unbelievable that it earns the “Big Lie” label. When that happens, it becomes a defining feature of the public conversation, and its crippling effects on commitments to a common good...
A New Way to Think About Education

A New Way to Think About Education

The end of a school year, especially this one, prompts some thinking about the place of education in our collective life. Those who have been the “front liners” in this year’s educational campaign – teachers, families, students – deserve our profound respect and...
Culture-War Loyalists Take Aim at Latest Battle

Culture-War Loyalists Take Aim at Latest Battle

A “culture war” seems to be more reflective of a perspective than a crusade on a particular issue. Like the familiar church faction whose agenda is disruption and obstruction, the “cause” seems to be secondary to the need to find an issue that can serve as a basis for...
7 Examples of Slower-Impact Humanitarian Crises

7 Examples of Slower-Impact Humanitarian Crises

“Humanitarian crisis” normally – and rightly – describes emergency situations where the well-being of people is in danger to a level that overwhelms their ability to respond. Currently, the influx of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border has earned the label,...