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 11, 2013
Drone World
In the not so distant future, America’s skies will be full of . . . drones. What could go wrong?
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Friday, April 05, 2013
A Future Stuck in the Pipeline
Are the bad ideas dead yet? You know, the ones that have been hollowing out the country’s soul for the last 30 years.
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Ending Violence in a Decade
“The status quo in Chicago is no longer tolerable,” Andy Willis said, summoning the violent headlines of the past year and the past week.
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Soul Poison
We’ve lost a war without being able to surrender — and thus divest ourselves of the consciousness that got us into it. We are unable to look honestly at what we did and why, and determine not to do it again.
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Thursday, March 07, 2013
Abu Ghraib Revisited
Philip Zimbardo’s TED Talk on Abu Ghraib and “The Psychology of Evil” is up to 2,374,000 hits. Apparently people are hungry to know about the deep psychology of American foreign policy.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
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
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
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 07, 2013
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
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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