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As Americans slaughter each other with ever more high-powered weapons, nothing happens to stop it. Sure, half the nation or more supports gun control and many support the outright ban on many of these weapons. But a small and very loud minority are obsessed with guns as the last line of self-defense, whether against scary […]

Workplace Violence

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On August 28, 2015

The horrible killing of the Virginia TV crew has once again shown that a) gun violence is inherently political, b) that the National Rifle Association is a front organization for murderers, and c) tha

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The Wages of Trump

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On August 21, 2015
Donald Trump is so ridiculous and so destroying Republican chances to win in 2016, I’m almost convinced he’s some sort of Democratic plant produced by the most brilliant political strategists ever, people even Richard Nixon would bow to in their superiority for screwing over the other side. So it’s almost funny, right? No, because the […]

Violence and Nonviolence

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On December 28, 2014
I do not “believe in nonviolence” as a principle. Violence in resisting oppression is often justified. However, violence is almost always a terrible tactic for a social movement that significantly contributes to disaster. Sometimes it is central to a social movement. There’s little question that the Black Panthers and Black Power movement more broadly were […]

Violence at Work

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On October 1, 2014

It’s hardly shocking that the difficult conditions of modern work would lead to a rise in workplace violence as people, who often have access to high-powered weapons, snap. The workers who exper

Latino Lynchings

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On July 13, 2014

We think of lynching as something whites did to African-Americans and that was of course often the case. But the use of extralegal violence to eliminate perceived threats without a trial was pretty co

Adam Gopnik with an excellent essay on how Stand Your Ground is basically the American doctrine of maximum violence in a new era: In France and England, though, duelling was meant to reinstate an aristocratic code of honor against the encroachment of the middle class. (This is dramatized in the strange and wonderful Ridley Scott […]

Lead

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On April 22, 2013

Dylan Matthews’ list of ways to reduce violence without gun control starts with one that cannot be stated strongly enough. The decline of lead exposure over the past decades is probably the sing

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