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, July 14, 2016 - 11:15am
The God of War
There’s Mars, the god of war, perched in a parking garage in Dallas, annihilating the enemy with utter impunity. Mars, you sicko! Just listen to President Obama: “By definition, if you shoot people who pose no threat to you — strangers — you have a troubled mind. What triggers that, what feeds it,...
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Friday, July 8, 2016 - 7:45am
The Illusion of Security
“Please be gentle.” The story is too easy to believe. At the Memphis airport, a confused, nervous teenager sets off the metal detector — possibly because she has sequins on her shirt — and is told she needs to come to a “sterile area.” Armed guards show up to escort her. She’s terrified. This...
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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 8:30am
The Right To Bear Courage
Behind the “right to bear arms” lies concealed the right to make money. You know, a lot of it. The right to . . . I pause here, torn apart by the political sacredness of these words. We have the right to speak freely and worship the God or our choosing or none at all, the right to reasonable...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:30am
Hair-Trigger Alert: On Bombs, Guns, and the Failure of America
I feel the finger on the trigger. I also feel it on the button. “Dear President Obama,” the letter begins. It goes on to remind him of something he said in his 2008 presidential campaign: “Keeping nuclear weapons ready to launch on a moment’s notice is a dangerous relic of the Cold War. Such...
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 10:30am
Mass Karma
This won’t be the last. Half a week into the Orlando tragedy, this reality remains pretty much unacknowledged, as cause-seekers focus on security and ISIS and the specific mental instability of Omar Mateen, who, as the world knows, took 49 precious lives and injured 53 others at the nightclub Pulse...
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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 10:45am
School Days and Grenade Launchers
Come on, they aren’t tanks, they’re armored rescue vehicles. And the, uh, grenade launchers would only be used to launch teargas canisters. When necessary. And the M-16s? Standard police issue. What a journey these Los Angeles teenagers, and the civil rights group Fight for the Soul of the Cities...
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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:00am
Poverty, Militarism and the Public Schools
What’s the difference between education and obedience? If you see very little, you probably have no problem with the militarization of the American school system — or rather, the militarization of the impoverished schools . . . the ones that can’t afford new textbooks or functional plumbing, much...
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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 8:45am
A 10-Minute Debate on War
“Look, nuclear should be off the table. But would there be a time when it could be used? Possibly, possibly . . .” This is — who else? — Donald Trump, flexing, you might say, his nuclear trigger finger in an interview with Chris Matthews, who responds in alarm: “OK. The trouble is, when you said...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 8:30am
Rethinking Criminal Justice
“For over forty years our criminal justice system has over-relied on punishment, policing, incarceration and detention. This has ushered in an age of mass incarceration. This era is marked by sentencing policies that lead to racially disproportionate incarceration rates and a variety of ‘collateral...
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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 8:30am
Quiet War, Sleeping Nation
And the race goes on. So does the war, but you’d never know that the one had anything to do with the other. Even when the mainstream media trouble themselves to acknowledge that the primary season remains open on the Democratic side, that Bernie Sanders — and his millions of supporters — are still...
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