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Paris Peace Conference

The Paris Peace Conference After 100 Years: Some Critical Lessons Not Learned

by Steven Pressman | Mar 12, 2019 | Economy, Politics

World War I, the so-called “war to end all wars,” concluded in November 1918. The crucial question of the day changed abruptly—from how to wage war to how to make peace. Could the Allied powers prevent another war on the European continent? How would individual nations rebuild their economies? And who was going to pay […]

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Donald Trump

Trump’s Demagoguery

by Patricia Roberts-Miller | Mar 11, 2019 | Politics

To many people, Trump seems impossibly new and unique, unpredictable and outrageous, and his followers inexplicably oblivious to his dishonesty, irrationality, and incompetence. To scholars of rhetoric, it’s “Oh, yeah, this again.” Rhetoric—what Aristotle called “the art of finding the available means of persuasion”—is an old and universal art. As soon as we communicate with […]

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Elizabeth Warren

The Heart and Mind of a Democrat

by Hamilton Fish | Feb 4, 2019 | Election 2020, Politics

On the last day of 2018, Elizabeth Warren became the first woman and the first of the presumed Democratic front-runners to signal her intent to run for president. “The anti-Warren narrative was written before the Massachusetts senator even announced,” observed Natasha Korecki in Politico. Anyone trafficking in analysis lite on the 2020 race—which at this […]

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Ramona Ripston

Ramona Ripston: Guardian of Liberties

by Danny Goldberg | Jan 27, 2019 | Legal Affairs, Politics

On November 3, one of my cherished mentors, Ramona Ripston, passed away at the age of 91. She had been the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for 39 years, between 1972 and 2011. Her husband and soul mate Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who served on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court […]

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King’s Moral Clarity Endures

by Hamilton Fish | Jan 21, 2019 | Politics, Race

Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 90 on January 15th this year. All fifty states now celebrate the national holiday commemorating Dr. King’s birthday, though several go out of their way to direct the focus away from his legacy. Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas brazenly continue to pay tribute to slavery by honoring Robert E. […]

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