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Why Should We Support the Idea of Universal Basic Income?

Photo by Russell Shaw Higgs / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 An answer to a growing question of the 21st century -- What would you do? So what exactly would you do, if you were guaranteed $1,000 per month for the rest of your life? And yes, that's around what the amount would most likely be here in the United States, at least at first. Show More Summary

An Open Letter Those Who Dismissed Jennicet Gutierrez As A 'Heckler'

At a White House reception yesterday hosted by President Obama for LGBTQ+ Pride Month, trans Latina activist Jennicet Gutierrez interrupted the tight political agenda of both our ally-president as well as the marriage-equality advocates in the room. Show More Summary

Can Hatred Be a Virtue?

The following is a reflection on something that happened to me recently, and why I feel it is a moment to learn and to teach. I was taking part in an online discussion about the mass murder of nine black people in a Charleston church, the Confederate flag and its meaning, and the rhetoric and symbols of racism. Show More Summary

Marriage Equality, the Supreme Court and American Civil Rights Advocacy

Today's marriage equality decision from the U.S. Supreme Court is powerful, transformative and deeply gratifying. Lesbian and gay couples are entitled to get married, if they choose, and to have their marriages recognized. We have reached...Show More Summary

Can 'All the King's Men' Put Iraq Together Again?

Once again President Obama is being sharply criticized by domestic opponents for what Politico calls a 'gaffe' uttered in a press conference in Germany on 8 June 2015: We don't yet have a complete strategy, because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place. Show More Summary

Is the GOP Relieved Over SCOTUS Obamacare Decision?

The tension was palpable in the weeks leading to the latest decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The latest decision was regarding the constitutionality of the exchanges that are designed to fund those who are regarded unable to afford paying the entire cost of coverage themselves. Show More Summary

What Was Won in the Brutal Trade Battle

I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn't work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance "fast track" Trade Promotion Authority on Tuesday, June 23, it was crushing. All...Show More Summary

Flags of Treason, Hatred and White Supremacy

The election of a Black president in 2008 triggered a backlash from white supremacists. The most rabid racists are easy to identify and counter, for they are open about their motivations and hatred for non-whites. Other white supremacists...Show More Summary

Justice Roberts Doesn't Know History

In his dissent against today's 5-4 decision that made marriage legal for gay men and lesbians everywhere across the United States, Justice Roberts issued this appeal to historical precedent: The majority's decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. Show More Summary

America's Heritage Is Immigrant Heritage

This month marks the second annual Immigrant Heritage Month, an opportunity to reflect on the historic and contemporary impact immigration has had on our country's economic, cultural and political life. Although not lost on most Americans, the importance of immigration seems to be far from the minds of most in Congress today. Show More Summary

The Marriage Movement's Secret Weapon: Radical Cooperation

Co-written by Thalia Zepatos, director of research and messaging at Freedom to Marry and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, director of social policy and politics at Third Way. With 60% of Americans now supporting marriage for same-sex couples, it's easy to forget that just a few years ago the prospects were bleak. Show More Summary

Flag Language

Flags are, of course, symbols. They fit into a level of communication that, in our practice of quantum storytelling, we call Meta language. Meta language uses symbols (above and beyond the idea that all language is symbolic) metaphors, analogies, comparisons and other broad frames of reference to connect lots of stories by "representing" them. Show More Summary

Gay Marriage, Racism and Obamacare: The Challenge of Caring

My wife cried when she read the notice on her cell phone this morning that the Supreme Court had recognized the right of gay people to marry. She told me the news in a choking voice, and I promptly cried and choked up as I reflected back the news to her. Show More Summary

Why Are Some Legal Analysts So Surprised at the Supreme Court's Decision in King v. Burwell?

In a surprising twist to many, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 in favor of the defendants in the landmark King v. Burwell case. This is good news for the millions of Americans who depend on federal subsidies to purchase health insurance on a health insurance exchange run by the federal government. Show More Summary

The Supreme Court Has Just Destroyed Marriage

Today, June 26, 2015, a day that will live in infamy, the Supreme Court has just destroyed the great battleship of marriage. Sent a kamizake pilot right through its bridge. Blown it to smithereens. A sacred institution that was founded...Show More Summary

Our Love Is Equal: Justice Kennedy and Civil Rights

A Landmark Decision The United States Supreme Court in a landmark ruling held today that the right of gays and lesbians to marry within their gender is protected by the Constitution. Today's 5-4 decision, in Obergefell v. Hodges, authored...Show More Summary

"These White Folks, They Think the World Belongs to Them": Charleston, Race, and Forgiveness

In the wake of Dylann Roof's racial terrorism in Charleston last week, many Americans were profoundly touched by the forgiveness extended to Roof by the victims' families at his bond hearing. I was too. Anthony Thompson, the grandson...Show More Summary

Five Myths About the Iran Deal

As the final round of nuclear negotiations begins here in Vienna, opponents of a deal have become schizophrenic in their efforts to torpedo it. Unable to base their objections on science or the technical facts currently being drafted, they have instead resorted to a loose mélange of poorly constructed straw men. Show More Summary

The Confederate Flag Is for Losers

The Confederate flag ticks me off because it represents the losers. As an athlete, I love the quote, "no one ever remembers who comes in second." That saying always motivated me because it is true. How dare the supporters of the losers...Show More Summary

Investment Immigration Programs Compete with EB-5

After spending the past few months traveling around China, I have witnessed firsthand a proliferation of foreign programs. These investment immigration programs are aimed at attracting foreign capital in exchange for permanent residency...Show More Summary

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