Roundup

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • Colin Kaepernick and the Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

    by Brent Staples

    The truth is that the maxims about freedom implied in the song describe a condition the country has yet to achieve. People who confront that reality by kneeling prayerfully on the football field are often more determinedly patriotic than those who reflexively stand.



  • Colin Kaepernick and the Myth of the ‘Good’ Protest

    by Glenda Gilmore

    Rosa Parks was a hero. So were the students who sat in at the Woolworth lunch counters. But they knew that their heroism was possible only because of decades of what Ella Baker called “spade work.”



  • Violence, Okinawa, and the ‘Pax Americana’

    by John Dower

    "In a world where belligerence seems to have surrounded us, it takes great courage and creativity to oppose these trends concretely and responsibly. Many outsiders, among whom I certainly include myself, have long admired the peace-loving voices of Okinawa for giving clear and eloquent focus to this challenge."



  • Do civilizations collapse?

    by Guy D Middleton

    The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology.


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  • The cautionary tale of the Bolshevik revolution

    by Niall Ferguson

    A century ago it was the West’s great blunder to think it would not matter if Lenin and his confederates took over the Russian Empire. Incredible as it may seem, I believe we are capable of repeating that catastrophic error.



  • After Trump

    by Frank Rich

    Liberals ecstatic over this month’s election must not forget: Even after this demagogue is finished, a new one will rise in his place.