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, January 21, 2016
Evolution: A Candidate
“And finally, how can we make our politics reflect what’s best in us, and not what’s worst?” The president asked the right question in his State of the Union address last week. What if he’d actually answered it – or at least addressed it honestly? Oh, torn heart, torn citizenship. I find myself...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Kayla's Legacy
She had so little and she had so much. I didn’t know her, except for the tiny piece of her life that was revealed in the 2013 documentary Hear OurVoices , directed by David and Patricia Earnhardt, but her candid, gutsy presence in that film was sufficient to pull her into my heart. Kayla Braynton...
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Thursday, January 07, 2016
Taking on the Nuclear Goliath
Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century. And . . . as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this...
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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Law, Order, and Social Suicide
Want a ringside seat for the war on crime? Go to killedbypolice.net . A few hours ago (as I write this), the site had listed 1,191 police killings in the U.S. this year. I just looked again. The total is up one. This, about killing number 1,192, is from the Fresno Bee , which the site links to: “...
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Love South of Heaven
Write about love, as in love thy enemy, and the social recoil sounds like this: “There is no nexus at which we can speak with ISIS. Singing Kumbaya while being led to a beheading can’t work.” Or this: “Any thug who threatens a cop gets what he deserves. One bullet or ten — I could care less. If a...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Adding Up the Broken Souls
“The question now is how to change our institutions so that they promote human values rather than destroy them.” Philip Zimbardo, who posed this question in the wake of the famous — or infamous — Stanford Prison Experiment 44 years ago, might have added: If we fail to do so, we guarantee our own...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Beyond Trump: The Politics of Courage
If Donald Trump can thrive politically by throwing meat to the American id, what else is possible? How about the opposite? Trump’s most recent attempt to reclaim poll supremacy — his call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure...
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Thursday, December 03, 2015
The Dynamics of Compassion
It’s too easy to reduce acts of kindness to an “aw, isn’t that nice?” sort of irrelevance. What if we thought about them, instead, as templates for foreign policy? For one thing, if we did, there would be no such thing as “foreign” policy — no segregation of most of humanity behind borders and...
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Thursday, November 26, 2015
Claiming Power, Creating the Future
“Since the people are sovereign under our Constitution . . .” Ralph Nader writes in a recent essay that we should demand acknowledgement of this fact from our presidential candidates and ask what they will do to restore this sovereignty to the American people, in their various manifestations as...
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
'Shock... Awe': The Aftermath of Paris
I’m sitting in the aftermath of Paris, feeling emotions tear me apart. One of the emotions is joy. My daughter, who lives there, is safe. Has “joy” ever felt so troubling? The aftermath of Paris seems likely to be intensified (“pitiless”) bombing raids in Syria, closed borders, heightened fear-...
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