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  • Ferguson and the 'us vs. them' illusion

    As the grand jury's decision on whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson loomed, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told a TV reporter "he's preparing for peace and war."
  • A gospel of wealth

    "I'm pregnant," she said. Well, OK. She wanted $4. I could have done the "pretend not to see you" thing. Taking that option is part of life these days, especially in Chicago. She'd been standing in the middle of the intersection, trying to get money so...

    Peace as a human right

    "Individuals and peoples have a right to peace." In the beginning was the word. OK. This is the beginning, and these are the words, but they haven't arrived yet -- at least not officially, with full force of meaning. It's our job, not God's, to create...

    Democracy's most cherished act

    Democracy! A word, a way of life, our highest ideal: Everyone is equal; no one is marginal. I still feel the force of this word, though the middle syllable -- "mock" -- grows increasingly dominant when I hear it, especially now, as election season...

    One My Lai a month

    "When somebody asks, 'Why do you do it to a g--k, why do you do this to people?' your answer is, 'So what, they're just g--ks, they're not people. It doesn't make any difference what you do to them; they're not human.' "And this thing is built into you,"...