Category Archives: Popular Culture

How Donald Trump poisons American society, weakens our values

By Robert Mann Families don’t usually fall apart suddenly. One day, a husband and wife are inseparable. Two years later, they realize they’ve become strangers, after their relationship gradually fell victim to a hundred minor offenses and omissions. Societies also … Continue reading

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American can-do vanishes when the NRA check arrives

By Robert Mann The instinct is common; the pattern is clear: When people die in accidents or from defective or faulty products, Americans are quick to assess the problem and work to prevent it from happening again. For instance: Whenever … Continue reading

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There is hope for everyone, even racists and Nazis

By Robert Mann I love redemption stories because they show, as someone once observed, “Nothing is exempt from resurrection.” And few are more inspiring than one who renounces violence or hate and becomes an exemplar of tolerance or love. Last … Continue reading

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What Tiger Woods’ arrest can teach us all about humility

By Robert Mann I don’t know what emotion you experienced when you heard the news of Tiger Woods’ arrest on DUI charges, but I thought, “There, but by the grace of God, go I.” I’ve been careful to avoid driving … Continue reading

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First World Problems: Guest post by Cyril Vetter

By Cyril Vetter We are a deeply divided country. Our divisions run along the fault lines of race, class, religion, et. al. Our political divisions are stark and well defined and decidedly First World. Consider this the next time you … Continue reading

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Guns are killing, not protecting, us

By Robert Mann My LSU students had barely unpacked their bags in London in early June before the awful news landed that a shooter had killed 50 and wounded another 53 people in Orlando. What had originally been a trip … Continue reading

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Nick Spitzer: Baton Rouge Blues – From Juke Joints and Clubs to Festival

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival is this weekend. Find more information about it at this link. By Nick Spitzer From 1978 to 1985, I worked for the Louisiana state cultural agency in Baton Rouge, with its state government, college, refinery … Continue reading

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