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, February 28, 2013 - 6:38am
The Separation of Profit and State
Sometimes what I fear most is that the disintegration of public life — indeed, the very idea of the public good — is complete. The vultures and profiteers swarm around the carcass and make a profit and that’s all that matters.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 8:17am
War’s Lingering Phantoms
“War’s lingering phantoms haunt every society.” As two hellish, costly and needless wars struggle toward collapse, this is the time — now, right this minute, before the next false alarm goes off — for us to look honestly at the cost and quality of national security based on militarism. It’s time to squeeze the romance out of war and get it through our heads that war is not inevitable.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 6:53am
An Incubator for Peace
You’re young and prone to trouble. You get triggered quickly. Someone tells you that you’ve screwed up and you’re about to lash back. Then, instead, you think: 1. Look at the other person. 2. Say “OK.” 3. Stay calm. This is what you do. And nothing happens, except that the moment passes and life goes on. Got it?
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Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:45am
Lasting Peace
A child is murdered and we thrash about once more in the spectacle of tragedy. “With outrage over Hadiya Pendleton’s slaying spreading from City Hall to the White House,” the Chicago Tribune reported last week, “the 15-year-old became a symbol Wednesday of escalating violence in Chicago while fueling the national debate over guns and crime.”
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 6:27am
Controlling Lucifer: How Everyone Loses the Global War on Terror
The president negotiates our withdrawal from Afghanistan, proclaims mission accomplished — and the wars of the last decade continue winding down to nothing.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 6:39am
Empire and Its Consequences
Ever notice the way certain basic human values quietly transform into their opposite on their way to becoming national policy?
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Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 10:07am
The Innocence of U.S. Foreign Policy
Last Saturday's headline in the Wall Street Journal was: “Anti-U.S. Mobs on Rampage.” The next day, a NATO airstrike killed eight women collecting firewood in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, an event that garnered virtually zero mainstream U.S. headlines.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:13am
'Get a Rock and Talk': On the Power of Restorative Justice
The thing is, he’d won his case. He got custody of his daughter. This is the limit of conventional justice: “victory,” which of course means defeat for the other person, in this case, the mother of his daughter. Why not celebrate? His lawyer was satisfied. I mean, come on, you won, man!
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Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 7:14am
The Breton Fisherman's Prayer: On Destroying What We Love
“Oh God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.”
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Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 6:43am
Beyond Money: Life and Death in a Cruel Economy
“Everyone loved him.”
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