Every nation has divisive issues.  While most are perennials, over time new issues gain salience as others fade.  At times of rising political and social tensions, such as the US since 1990, divisive issues multiply and take on a sharper edge.

If we wish to cope with these issues or even resolve some of them, it is useful to have a shared understanding of what they are Continue reading »

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 set off a nationwide surge of protests over police brutality against African-Americans.  Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, has been charged with murder in the second degree.  Worldwide attention to Floyd’s death has focused on pervasive racial inequity in the United States as well as on the specific issue of racist police brutality.

But we must consider a different possible motive for the killing. Continue reading »

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