Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 8:45am
Democracy Free-for-All
Here in America, we celebrate democracy by staying in touch with the lack of it. What better way to honor our ancestors’ struggles to win the right to vote — and have that vote counted — than to have to struggle ourselves for the same thing? Considering that, as I wrote four years ago, “democracy...
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Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 8:15am
Playing with Guns (at the GOP Convention)
You shouldn’t play with guns, unless you do it the way “Jim” apparently did. His gun play — a (seemingly) satirical petition at change.org — has enveloped the looming Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer in awkward surrealism and forced the three Republican presidential...
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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 7:00am
Recovery from Militarism
The pols cry glory and revenge. They cry security. They cry greatness. Then they stick in the needle, or the missile or the rifle shell, or the nuclear bomb. Or at least they imagine doing so. This will fix the world. And they approve more funding for war. U.S. militarism, and the funding — and the...
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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:15am
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
The snaking line was more than a mile long. Thousands of us had been waiting for hours in the bitter cold to get into Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre to hear Bernie Sanders speak. It was Monday night. The Illinois and four other state primaries were the next day and, as has been the case for the last...
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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 8:30am
Politics and the Golden Rule
"What I’m not trying to do is just pass legislation. I’m trying to change the face of American politics.” Pull these words out of the context of “the news” and let them pulse like the heartbeat of the future. The words are those of Bernie Sanders, of course — engaged last week in a confrontational...
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Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:00am
War, Peace, and Bernie Sanders
It’s the day after the big vote and I’m doing my best to dig Tulsi Gabbard’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders out from beneath the pile of Super Tuesday numbers and media declarations of winners and losers. As a Boston Globe headline put it: “Clinton and Trump are now the presumptive nominees. Get...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 11:00am
Finding Peace at the Heart of Grief
A young, much-beloved woman was gang-raped three years ago on a bus in Delhi and a culture exploded. The documentary India’s Daughter , which addresses the horrific rape-murder and its aftermath, is part of that explosion of awareness, aimed straight at the heart of India’s cultural dismissal of...
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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:15am
Beached America
For at least the last four decades now I feel like I’ve been living in Beached America: a nation that has lost its values, even as it writhes in violent agitation, inflicting its military on the vulnerable regions of the planet. It does so in the name of those lost values . . . democracy, freedom,...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Confronting Our Toxic Legacy
Maybe if we declared “war” on poison water, we’d find a way to invest money in its “defeat.” David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz , writing at Tom Dispatch this week about what they called “The United States of Flint,” make this point: “The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 8:00am
Four Horsemen of Democracy
“It was also a shock to the system that a candidate universally known in Iowa, with deep pockets and long experience, could come close to losing to a relative unknown who was initially considered little more than a protest candidate.” Just think of it! The tiny, tightly controlled consciousness...
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