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On the Limits and Possibilities of Acknowledging Human Tragedy

It’s one of the great mistakes of contemporary political discourse that the doctrine of original sin is almost exclusively used to justify inaction. The usual argument goes as follows: humans are profoundly, tragically sinful. The world is a broken realm in which no great good can be achieved. All human intentions, no matter how benign,…

The Violent Gang Member in This Picture Is Easily Identifiable By His Tell-Tale Outerwear

Being a white male of means, I’m never entirely comfortable getting on a soapbox and talking about racism.  You never know what is really in another person’s heart, and it’s difficult to unpack what you yourself are bringing to the party from your own head.  Plus, most talks of racism neatly divide everyone into the…

Shooting spree illustrates why it’s time to end the war in Afghanistan

The latest tragedy in Afghanistan is still unfolding. An American soldier went on a shooting spree, killing sixteen civilians and wounding numerous others: “Stalking from home to home, a United States Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Aghanistan early Sunday, igniting fears of…