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, June 30, 2016
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
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
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 09, 2016
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 02, 2016
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
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
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
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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Thursday, May 05, 2016
Cowardice and Exoneration in Kunduz
“The people are being reduced to blood and dust. They are in pieces.” The doctor who uttered these words still thought the hospital itself was a safe zone. He was with Doctors Without Borders, working in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where the Taliban and government forces were engaged in hellish fighting...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Opening the Closed Political Culture
The headline , from the Los Angeles Times , hit me like a sucker punch: “Voters’ ‘Bernie or Bust’ efforts persist despite Sanders’ vow not to be another Ralph Nader.” Actually, it was worse than that. When my brain cleared, I realized I was, once again, caught in a media straitjacket. "The...
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