Trump could learn a lot from the late congresswoman’s reasoned, respectful thinking on this combustible issue.
Rich Barlow writes for BU Today, Boston University’s news website.
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How animal cognition science shattered my no-new-pets edict.
Populists like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump don’t get it. Only parties can solve America’s problems.
Science suggests healthy eating is needed for weight loss. So why do taxpayers subsidize junk food?
Our European friends are shirking their fair share of defending themselves.
A complex and inconvenient nominating system is not the same as an undemocratic one.
Gay Talese, take note: Sometimes, obligations to humanity trump the journalist’s job.
Neither conservatives nor liberals get it. The former demonize struggling workers; the latter romanticize them.
In his long-awaited apostolic exhortation, the pope underscores that one’s own internal compass must take center stage in moral reckoning.
On April 12, the landmark Massachusetts health care law turns 10 years old. The law, which is better known as Romneycare, became a model for the federal reform.
Unions negotiating wages and benefits with their employers would be one free-market solution to inequality, lessening the need for government action.
Free public university tuition would combat inequality, boosting job prospects and lifetime earnings for the have-nots, if we did it right.
This year’s two populist candidates have a view of trade as fanciful as any Harry Potter tale.
How today’s Republican civil war echoes the past.
Mitt Romney’s remarks don’t make a lick of difference to Donald Trump’s base.
I only worried that new voters might be ill-informed. I never predicted they could be palm-sweaty frightening.
A new explanation of Trump’s improbable rise.
Here’s hoping the candidates address such questions. The answers will affect us all.
Their blind loyalty prevents them from seeing the truth.
In this year’s Republican presidential primary, the Ohio governor’s moderate, level-headed persona might actually be doing him a disservice.
Sarah Palin and Donald Trump speak to cultural grievances rather than ideas. And we’d be foolish to disregard the genuine dismay luring some voters to their camp.
Abraham Lincoln is overlooked for his foreign policy. But he modeled restrained realism abroad, and has much to teach us about how to thrive in the post-American century.
President Obama’s thematic overview approach was not only an accurate diagnosis of the State of the Union, but preferable as well to the usually detailed, propagandist drone.
Or alternatively: Yes, Richard Dawkins, there is a God.
The candidates’ bluster can’t conceal that virtually none of them is remotely ready to lead America’s military and diplomacy.
Earlier this month, in a rare showing of bipartisan compromise, Congress passed a $305 billion measure to fund roads, bridges and rail lines.
Progressive local regulations risk leaving our greatest cities as playpens for the wealthy, testimonials to our growing inequality.
With the revelation that the San Bernardino killings were inspired, if not directed by, ISIS, we can expect more immigrant- and Muslim-bashing, if that’s possible.
The new film about the clergy sex abuse scandal offers a lesson on the perils of blind faith.
It’s one year until people will vote in the 2016 presidential election. What’s a Republican to do if he can’t, in good conscience, support any of his party’s candidates?
By embracing global terror, the Islamic State may have rushed into a bigger fight than it can handle.
Unlike the symbolic rejection of Keystone, the Clean Power Plan has teeth. And as a regulation, it would bypass Congress and its Republican anti-environmentalists.
Canada’s recent elections yielded a new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who vowed to rev his country’s slumping economy with public works and deficit spending. Can it work here?
Debunking the two most commonly held misconceptions about the Democratic front-runners once and for all.
As secretary of state, Clinton hailed the Trans-Pacific Partnership as “the gold standard in trade agreements.” By now demanding its defeat, Rich Barlow says she is playing politics.
Whoever said the solution to our domestic killing fields was an either-or proposition?
The Kentucky senator’s views on foreign policy help set him apart in a crowded field. But they don’t play well in the GOP base.
Will Black Lives Matter go the way of the Occupy movement, pushed into self-inflicted irrelevance?
Anti-abortion activists are harrying the wrong enemy. The law, not Planned Parenthood, should be the focus.
Francis is one of the world’s most formidable diplomats, flexing the Vatican’s foreign policy muscle in a way unseen for at least a generation.
Jeb Bush suggested last week that the Obama administration’s foreign policy decisions in Iraq set the stage for ISIS. Not so, says Rich Barlow.
It’s time for hard-headed examination of how too many officers treat African-Americans. One place to look for answers, ironically, is Cincinnati.
In the 2016 election, it looks like the question of who’ll rebuild America will be a marker defining the wise from the foolish.
Obama has adopted Reagan’s mantra of trust-but-verify, and that’s a good thing.
On tour in South America, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the church’s sins. Why American politicians would do well to take note.
Might Europe’s financial sickness leapfrog the Atlantic and thud on our own fragile recovery?
How might an issues-oriented Republican make sense of such a sprawling field?
The encyclical scanted a key point: while market forces contribute to the problem, they are unavoidably a vital tool in fixing it.
The Charleston church shooting suspect is not an aberration. We must confront these darker demons of our nature.
The pope’s tribunal is a longstanding demand of victims, as episcopal enablers helped perpetuate the clergy sex abuse scandal but largely have escaped punishment.
He might not secure the Democratic nomination, but he is likely to influence the race.
Today’s most tantalizing civil liberties case shines a light on a lesser-known group of rights-deprived victims whose plight demands attention: Chimpanzees.
The upscale grocer practices “conscious capitalism,” but its workers and others still need programs like Obamacare.
The political philosophy is great for back-benching, but not for governing.
A report that Christianity is ebbing in America needn’t alarm believers, if they can recognize a teachable moment with their non-believing countrymen and women.
If you want to cure poverty, give people money, right? It’s not that simple, says Rich Barlow.
Progressives are denouncing President Obama’s pending Pacific trade deal. The deal may be dumb. So is much of the criticism.
Advocating paid vacation isn’t bellyaching about work. It’s about pushing back against a mindset that mistakes round-the-clock labor for virtue.
Carroll’s Jesus is desperately necessary in an era that’s not only informed by science but beset by misguided war, indifference to the needy, and hostility towards those who are different.
In Indiana’s law allowing businesses to turn away customers they find objectionable on religious grounds, religion is not a lovely fig leaf concealing ugly malice. It is the root, the cause of the prejudice behind the law.
A book on the 1970s summons comparisons to 2015 — and why we’re better off than we think.
Universities would do well to remember how badly tarnished the Catholic Church was by its secretive handling of sex abuse allegations.
Losing a job, always devastating to a family and especially children, appears especially so when Dad is the one pink-slipped.
Critics’ despair is premature; Francis wouldn’t be the first leader who temporized before doing something that had to be done.
Why it’s good for the planet–and the economy–to do something about climate change now. And why the deniers either don’t get the science, or don’t want to.
Blame the salesman, sure. But those who knowingly buy snake oil aren’t without fault.
It’s time for introspection in the land of Kennedys and Romneys: Are public unions acting against the public interest?
Since he was elected to the papacy one year ago, Francis has had to face an ongoing crisis — the sexual abuse of children and victims’ demands for accountability.
Fixing our bridges, roads and water lines will not only put people to work and buffer us against any global economic swoon — it might even pay a political dividend.
Why the 2016 Republican National Convention should be held in Las Vegas.
Considering the alternative, we should all be thankful for our big, fat capitalist Christmas.
Closed-captioned goofs remind us that technology, made by humans, incorporates human fallibility, and that over-dependence on it breeds oversight.
The federal farm bill runs out in September, and so far, there is no compromise in Washington to extend it. To understand what lawmakers should do, you first must know all the bad the current policy does.
Oregon may have solved the student loan crisis. If President Obama is smart, he’ll take the “Pay It Forward” plan and run with it.
The Rev. Andrew Greeley, who remained devout even as he challenged the church, will be laid to rest Wednesday.
“Disadvantaged” has a different meaning today than it did in 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson made the case for affirmative action for black students.
Other nations have pulled off universal insurance without crashing and burning. There’s no cause to think that this big, capable country can’t match them.
With April 15 bearing down, Rich Barlow read the Center for American Progress’s report on “Hidden Spending In The Tax Code” so you don’t have to.
A modest proposal to fight world hunger and global warming, enjoy a tasty meal — and gross out most of your friends.
Desperate to re-brand themselves after last November’s drubbing, the GOP should endorse a seemingly radical idea that’s actually solidly conservative: a New Deal-style jobs program.
Inflation is largely perceived to be a dirty word — but attitudes are changing. Some economists believe a modest, sustained inflation is just the tonic for our global recessionary hangover.
How to account for tens of thousands of people across the country preparing to join a religion battered by a relentless pedophile catastrophe?