Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of"American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea."

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Americans Have Stopped Looking for Another Hitler
U.S. foreign policy hawks once had an unbeatable trump card: the Hitler analogy. Just convince most Americans to see the leader of any nation as another Hitler, and it was easy to get public support to "get tough," show "will and resolve," and even go to war. Serbia's Milosevich, Iraq's Saddam...
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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Ukraine + Flight 370 = Bad News for Neocons
In America the news is big business. That's not news. Everyone realizes that the corporate mass media make their money by delivering readers, viewers, and listeners to advertisers. The bigger the audience delivered, the bigger the profit. So corporate news editors have to know what good entertainers know: what the audience wants and how to give it to them.
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Friday, March 07, 2014
American Fantasies Put Ukrainian Lives at Risk
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Apocalypses Everywhere: Hope in the Era of Gloom and Doom
Wherever we Americans look, the threat of apocalypse stares back at us.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
"Moral March" Poses Big Questions for Progressives
Nearly 100,000 people took to the streets in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 8 in a Moral March to say "NO" to the state's sharp right-wing political turn and "YES" to a new, truly progressive America. They weren't just marching for one issue or another. They were marching for every issue...
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Thursday, February 06, 2014
When Did "The Sixties" Really Begin? Here's Why It Matters
When, exactly, did the era of radical ferment we remember as "the '60s" begin? Exactly one half-century ago, PBS tells us in its recent documentary titled "1964," kicking off a year when we'll celebrate the 50 th anniversary of a host of memorable events: Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty,...
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Friday, January 31, 2014
Is Israel a "Jewish Nation"? Is the US an "American Nation"?
When Barack Obama referred to Israel as "a Jewish state" in his State of the Union speech, those three little words were meant to carry a very big message.
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Monday, January 13, 2014
Iran a US Ally? Who Would Have Thunk It?
One great thing about watching history unfold is that it's so full of surprises.
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Monday, December 09, 2013
The Mideast Is America's New Wild West
Why the enduring "special relationship" between the U.S. and Israel?
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
A Thanksgiving Ritual for 60's-Style Activists
Out here on the left fringe of ‘60s - style activism, we don’t go in much for ritual. We lefties are about freedom, innovation, always finding a new and better way to do things.
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