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Policy discussions: more history, less bombing

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016 Despite being the opinion guy at the Royal Purple, I don’t talk about politics all that often. It’s pretty easy to foresee a conflict between my own and someone else’s ideologies, and I tend to avoid those arguments. I’d rather smile, drink my beer and listen to the other guy sputter...

Politics at family gatherings unavoidable

December 8, 2015

Royal Purple Staff Opinion Dec. 8, 2015 The holidays are fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of political and social issues to gripe about. Recent events are causing a time of year that should be defined by holiday spirits and goodwill to instead be drowned by divisiveness ...

Practice critical thinking

January 28, 2015

Jan. 28, 2015 The Paris terrorist attacks show that social problems badly need competent, “critical” thinking. But does current education (yours?) provide a robust repertoire? Like: Comprehensiveness: overlook nothing vital, see “both,” “all” sides—fair-mindedly… Beware propaganda—on...

Russia invades Ukraine

March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014   By Michael Riley   On March 2, President Barack Obama and other world leaders tried to resolve the current crisis in Ukraine, as its new government has placed its military on “high alert” after more than 6,000 Russian troops advanced into the Crimean Peninsula. UW-Whitewater...

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