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Like all the other writers here, I am very, very pro-labor. (Like all the other writers here, I also understand that labor organizations sometimes make reprehensible political choices and alliances out of self-interest.) But police unions are bad. They are socially destructive. They inhibit accountability. They embolden racist, reckless, and violent officers. For the past […]
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Racism and incompetence are two bad tastes that taste worse together: A top official with the Department of Health and Human Services told members of Congress on Thursday that the agency had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children it placed with sponsors in the United States, raising concerns they could end up in the […]

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I was lucky enough to be on The Sound and the Furious Podcast last week, with scholars seeking to combine academia and pop culture in ways that reach out to a broad audience. The subject was “Th

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In honor of the latest entry in the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, I decided to take a closer look at what’s called, in these parts, the “Phantom Menace Effect.” I don’t know if Scott coined the term, but he certainly uses it a lot, and the argument boils down to this; Star Wars films tend […]
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