Caped Tigers and Red Cups, or Why Symbols Are Worth Getting Right

Recently, I've been following two stories about so-called "political correctness," or—as I prefer to think of it—(a.) basic human dignity and (b.) basic awareness of what our symbols say. I'm referring specifically to my alma mater Susquehanna University's recent decision to jettison its offensive mascot and the Internet's furor over Starbucks' holiday cups. In both... Continue Reading →

On Freedom and Patriotism

I've recently been binge watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and yesterday—in one of those inexplicable accidents of perfect timing—I watched the episodes in which Oliver takes on predator drones and interviews Edward Snowden. The segment on Snowden, which also covered the dangers of renewing the PATRIOT Act, reveals in stark detail just how... Continue Reading →

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