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Reform or Abolition?: Lessons From the Death Penalty

A version of this essay originally appeared here. When confronted with overwhelming evidence of a discriminatory state practice, a decent society responds in one of two ways: by trying to remove discrimination from the practice, or by scrapping the practice

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The Fight for Homeless Homesteading

Municipal governments across the country are targeting vagrants for “misusing” public property. A couple of months ago, the City of Denver, Colorado, cracked down on “Resurrection Village,” a homeless community built on public land. A month earlier, the City Council of

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The Restoration of African Americans’ Stolen Property

Every so often, the call for African-American reparations re-emerges in full force. The Atlantic author Ta-Nehisi Coates is perhaps the most prominent pundit to issue the call in recent years, pointing to America’s shameful history of slavery and segregation as

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Violence at Spring Valley High School

I invite people to listen to the attached recording in which I share several of my thoughts regarding the recent attack at Spring Valley High School. Spring Valley High School

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Forgiveness Frenzy: The Rhetoric and Rush for a New South Africa

This is part of a longer piece about amnesty for political criminals in post-apartheid South Africa.  In this selection, I discuss South Africa’s death penalty repeal and the amnesty deal struck between the pro-apartheid National Party and the anti-apartheid ANC.  When the ANC and National Party

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