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Chris Collins and honest graft

By: Henry E. Brady and Kay L. Schlozman Representative Chris Collins, who represents a district between Rochester and Buffalo in upper New York State, has been indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of insider trading. He has already decided not to seek re-election this November, although he will finish out his current term. If he … Continue reading »

Lifelong learning and active brains: Let’s get started!

With the luxury of smartphones, binge TV watching and internet shopping, it has become exceedingly easy to live in comfortable laziness. Yet we all realize that both physical and mental activity are essential for successful aging and healthy brains. We’ve all heard the saying, use it or lose it, but we are rarely given advice … Continue reading »

Beyond mass incarceration: felony convictions and economic opportunity

When it comes to employment, a felony conviction is more damaging than imprisonment. Criminal justice reform advocates have rightly celebrated recent victories that will reduce the use of money bail. For example, New Jersey eliminated almost all cash bail last year, and recently more and more cities are doing so. Yet the significant harms created … Continue reading »

Fake news and humanities education

Critical reading in the humanities is the antidot to fake news, which has been around since the “Donation of Constantine,” which an Italian scholar discovered wasn’t what it was touted to be.

Is Trump intuitive or has he learned from Hitler?

In The Death of Democracy, Benjamin Carter Hett (Henry Holt, First Edition, 2018, pages 38 and 39) writes: ADOLF HITLER LIED all the time. Yet he also said clearly what he was doing and what he planned to do. This is the essential paradox of Adolf Hitler. We can see this paradox at work in … Continue reading »