One of the central byproducts of Trump’s nomination has been a rush to label his supporters as ignorant racists in the thrall of a con man. Not only is that a dangerous oversimplification, it’s counter-productive and hypocritical.
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Does parenting style tell us everything we need to know about a candidate?
After months of civility on the campaign trail, the gloves have come off of Clinton, Sanders — and their supporters.
We may look back on the 2016 election as the year that White Male Privilege finally got what it’s had coming to it for more than 240 years: a drubbing at the polls.
What scares me about all this isn’t just that the Presidential front-runner of the Republican Party appears eager to foment civil unrest, but that the networks are so desperate for ratings that they’ve become his de facto enablers.
The only way for the progressive agenda to remain in the political discourse is for Bernie Sanders to remain in the running.
It’s hard to dispute Romney’s basic assessment of Trump. But his outburst still managed to be galling for various reasons.
Those who are distressed at Justice Scalia’s passing should think about what it means that, not an hour after his death, they stood ready to defile all that he stood for.
Say whatever you will about the winning candidates, but don’t miss the larger message from the N.H. primary.
A dizzying but hi-def vision of what we’ve become as a nation and a people.
An open letter to my wife, a Hillary Clinton supporter.
Sarah Palin isn’t a pioneer or a progenitor to Donald Trump. Her job is to put on her makeup and fancy outfits and laugh at his jokes.
If the president truly believes gun violence is “a political choice we make “– if he truly wants to create a new normal — it’s time for him to stop talking and start taking action.
I have three small children. I have not yet said anything to them about these events, and I don’t plan to.
Our political system has become just another branch of our popular culture, slavishly devoted to entertainment and brazenly hostile toward the very idea of governance.
Here’s the thing to remember about writers (and artists in general): they don’t owe their audiences a damn thing, aside from art they make.
What his campaign represents isn’t radical in the least. It’s what used to pass for common sense and common decency.
If you’d never let your own son play, but you’re perfectly fine watching someone else’s kid get thrashed, you’re part of the problem.
An open letter to the online adultery site from someone who is totally not a member.
Should the personal integrity of an artist be the litmus test for our appraisal of his or her art?
It makes watching games a lot of fun. It’s something we can share. But I also worry that I’ve made a grave mistake.
Last week, “19 Kids And Counting” star Josh Duggar confirmed reports that, as a teenager, he molested several underage girls, including his sisters.
“DeflateGate” is an archetypal Greek Drama, starring Tom Brady as the hero brought low by a power greater than himself.
Real talk about what’s happening in Baltimore — and why it’s different from what we’re seeing on TV.
Or, how to cope when the kids are home from school for the 38th day in a row.
Would we really be all that surprised to learn that the team that brought us “spy-gate” has again bent the rules in the name of the almighty win?
It’s time to convert our collective indignation and anguish into genuine moral progress.
A tribute to the late director who, with his film “The Graduate,” invented the modern rock video.
What is a dangerous, insanely commercialized form of athletic combat doing in our public schools?
When I wrote my new book criticizing football, I expected tons of hate mail. What I didn’t expect was support.
The risks of permanent brain trauma increase with every concussion, and anyone who’s seen you play knows that you get hit. A lot.
McLuhan’s most famous book remains a fascinating repository half a century later, full of pretentious mumbo-jumbo, sure, but also insights powerful enough to startle even the most jaded reader.
Parental organizations bring us together as a community. They make us more powerful than we might be alone.
A look at how the attack on Benghazi has become a conservative rallying cry.
Monica Lewinsky has penned a new piece in Vanity Fair about her relationship with President Clinton. This has Steve Almond thinking about the use and abuse of the former White House intern — and what it says about us.
Reviling an individual does not address the larger, systemic problems we face.
When Steve Almond first arrived in Boston 15 years ago, he considered the winter a novelty. But this year’s endless freeze has him dreaming about a return to his native California.
Who needs realistic predictions for the new year when Steve Almond has brewed up such an imaginative batch of possibilities?
The Kentucky senator is caught lifting speech material verbatim. But that’s not what bothers Steve Almond.
Who caused the government shutdown? We did.
The source of the government shutdown boils down to one word: gerrymander.
If the Affordable Care Act becomes popular, it won’t just humiliate conservatives, it will expose the fallacy at the heart of their dogma.
The appeal of shows like “Breaking Bad” is that they do more than enthrall; they implicate us.
In the spirit of bringing “town” into harmony with “gown,” I’d like to make a few requests.
For years, the government has been exaggerating the risks associated with pot, and downplaying the risks of alcohol.
When it comes to getting their facts straight, or responding to cogent arguments, Fox News hosts go to pieces. Believe me, I know from experience.
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admits that the behavior that led him to resign from Congress in 2011 — “sexting” — continued into 2012. And we should care why? Is a politician’s personal morality really the public’s concern?
What makes your birthday special — aside from the fact, of course, that you entered our world — is that it marks a fundamental victory for the cause of love over hate.
They say when one door closes, another opens. And so it goes for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Her political career may be winding down, but she’s just getting started.
Corporate donors and the mega-wealthy should no longer be allowed to hide their contributions behind the banner of these “social welfare queens.”
The larger outrage — the real scandal — will be lost in a din of grandstanding.
Why targeted petitions may be the only way to enact sensible gun control legislation.
No other modern leader — and perhaps no other political leader in history — inspired so much musical hatred.
Amazon’s purchase of the book recommending site Goodreads marks the latest freak-out in the world of publishing.
The time has come to move beyond the rhetoric and begin takin’ it to the streets.
Steve Almond isn’t opposed to spending cuts. Far from it. He just wants them to target what he sees as the real problems — like Big Oil subsidies and Donald Trump.
Feb. 14 doesn’t have to be about flowers and chocolates and that dreary feeling of being worked by clever capitalists. It can, and should, be about setting aside a single day for love. Still don’t like it? Too bad. Stop whining. Start reading.
Ben Affleck has outright said he won’t run for Massachusetts’ open Senate seat, but Steve Almond has six compelling arguments for why the actor should reconsider his decision.
From Mud Rooms to Super Bugs: California-bred Steve Almond translates some basic seasonal terms for fellow non-natives.
I’m tired of writers passing judgment on entire genres. Journalistic narcissism — or, more politely, writing about oneself — has a place.
Who needs realistic predictions for 2013 when Steve Almond has brewed up such an imaginative batch of possibilities?
It would be dangerously naïve to attribute the carnage of Newtown — and the grim litany of others before it — as something entirely apart from us.
As another Movember draws to a close, thousands of mustachioed do-gooders are confronted with the perennial question: To shave or not to shave?
It was forbidden from the start. He was a four-star general. I was an occasionally publishable author. We were both married to other women. It made no sense. But how could we stop ourselves?
Channeling the commander in chief, Steve Almond tries his hand at speech-writing and makes a final pitch to voters.
Sandy isn’t just some variable in the latest polling data. It’s a category 5 example of the glaring philosophical differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
The era of hyper-partisanship in this country will only diminish when (and if) the ragers on the right start to become more self-critical, and the mopers on the left more outwardly courageous.
If Elizabeth Warren is guilty of exploiting her ethnicity for personal gain, Steve Almond says he is too.
Love him or hate him, everyone does what Mitt Romney is being skewered for. We tell one story in public — and another in private.
Commentator Steve Almond says only if George Clooney were to choose a young Paul Newman to be his running mate would a ticket even come close to matching the combined stud quotient that is Romney/Ryan.