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See the facts about the Charlottesville riot. You decide what they mean.

Summary: The riot at Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” event is trivial by historical standards. But it is rich with insights into modern America. This street fighting, like that of the Weimar Republic, might be a milestone on America’s path to an ugly future. Here are the facts about what happened, fairly showing both sides in …

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Fear the police (important advice on the streets of his new America)

Let’s do something different. Instead of discussing the evolution of the-America-that-once-was into a New America, let’s have some practical advice about how to live in it. For example, what should you do when questioned by the police? You have identified yourself, and now the questions begin…  {From the archive of 2013.} Contents Don’t talk without an attorney …

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Hard data from Harvard about police violence & race

Summary: At last in the long debate about police violence we have an actual analysis (rather than the amateur tallies). Professor Fryer Jr. (economics, Harvard) looks at a sample of the data and discovers some surprising news. He gives some innovative suggests for practical police reforms (i.e., possible to implement). His conclusions are essential reading …

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These are the people responsible for our out of control police…

Summary:  Matthew Harwood’s definitive article shows that America’s police have gone out of control. But nothing will change unless we identify the people responsible, much as the year of outrage following Snowden’s revelations of NSA surveillance produced few reforms. The evidence clearly points to the guilty parties — and a solution. San Diego policeman Neal …

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Black Mass: a light film about an important story of US corruption

Summary: Here Locke Peterseim gives one of his typically excellent reviews. He looks at Black Mass, explaining not just the film but also how and why it gets brought to the screen. The film tells one of the most important stories of corrupt law enforcement in US history, showing how the system is fundamentally dysfunctional. …

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