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What It Do: Now We Here

The public education system, envisioned by people such as Benjamin Franklin and W.E.B. Du Bois, and built up during the 20th century into a genuine engine of upward economic mobility, has been wounded—mortally,...
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What It Do: Starting From The Bottom

Remember kindergarten? Coloring books. Story time. Finger painting. Paste tacos. Okay, that last one might have just been my experience, but you get the idea. It’s supposed to be about developing a child’s cogn...
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What It Do: Dropping Out

Recently, I made the decision to drop out of college. It’s not the first time I’ve done so, but it is the first time I’ve left school while still in good academic standing and of my own free will. It was not...
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What It Do: Destined For Failure

“Call in the cavalry to disrupt this perception of freedom gone wild. God damn it…first one wants freedom, then the whole damn world wants freedom.” - Gil Scott-Heron Chief Justice John Roberts of the U...
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What It Do: Obama’s Iraq

This could be the worst column I’ve ever written. My view is that President Obama is doing as good a job as could be expected from any human being, given the realities of the world we live in. I voted for him t...
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What It Do: Never Forget (What?)

The “Never Forget” response to 9/11 has always puzzled me, as if there was ever a possibility that anyone who was cognizant that day would forget what happened, or that we as a nation would ever forget. I st...
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What It Do: Bombs Over Damascus

For the moment, let’s assume that Syrian President Bashar Assad really did use sarin nerve gas against the Syrian rebels. The argument for military action—i.e. a shit-ton of American bombs—seems to be based on ...
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What It Do: Missing The Point

Allow me to begin this week by apologizing to the reader for once again forcing you to consider Miley Cyrus’—what exactly are we calling it, anyway?—thing she did at the VMAs. I’m tired of it already, and by th...