• On the mainland United States, politicians feud, voters seethe, and partisan pundits froth. America’s social fabric has been pulling apart, and by some measures the nation is more divided than at any time since the wild 1960s. Could the Lower 48 learn anything about how to peacefully co-exist from the Aloha State? Although Hawaii residents acknowledge that their home isn’t necessarily a tranquil oasis, many believe that their island offers a possible model for tolerance, community, and open-minded diversity. ...

  • By Tisa Wenger

    Today, just about everyone—including lobbyists, state legislators, and Supreme Court litigants—assumes that freedom of religion naturally means opposition to same-sex marriage and reproductive rights, and sits in tension with anti-discrimination and civil rights laws.
        But such associations with the idea …

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By Richard L. Pifer

Woodrow Wilson did not want to go to war. On two different occasions during the weeks leading to the 1917 declaration of war that brought the United States into World War I, the president expressed reservations regarding the course he was contemplating.
    Because war is autocratic, he feared that free speech and other rights would be endangered. The President told Frank Cobb of the New York World: “Once lead this people into war, and they’ll forget there ever was such a thing as ...

Connecting California/Joe Mathews

  • The California Corporate Giant You Never Heard Of

    Mysterious McKesson, a Massive Health Care Conglomerate, Keeps a Low Profile in the Heart of San Francisco

    California is so big that you don’t need to be a mouse to hide here. You can be a giant elephant, and still escape notice.
        Californians have little sense of some of the largest and richest institutions in our state. For example, here’s a straightforward trivia question that, I’ve found, ...

  • My Modest Proposal to Make Property Tax Breaks Live Forever

    Rich Old Homeowners Are California's Future, so Why Shouldn't We Take Our Subsidies to the Grave?

    Barring some wild technological advance, all Californians eventually will die.
        But why can’t our property tax discounts live forever?
        That’s the question raised by your ...

  • Are California's Strongman Governors Bullying the State?

    With a Weakling Legislature and Few Checks on Power, Our Chief Executives Are Big-Footing Politics

    Who is the most powerful governor in California history?
        The next one.
        Over the past four decades, our state’s governorship has grown so great in ...

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  • Why is it so hard to commit treason in the United States? The short answer ... amounted to this: America was founded by traitors. “The American Revolution was a massive act of treason against the British government,” ...