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Essays and criticism
Trumping Judicial Review: Will this president redefine the role of the judiciary?
The Washington Spectator (February 21, 2017)

Ranked-Choice Voting Is Not the Answer
Democracy Journal (November 3, 2016)

NATO Has Problems, But Trump Won’t Fix Them
Boston Review (August 22, 2016)

Colin Dayans Ethics Without Reason
Boston Review (January 12, 2016)

Thoreaus Public Mind
Boston Review (10/14/15)

Pete Seegers Radical Simplicity
WBUR Cognoscenti (1/31/14)

Bostons Bluegrass
Boston Globe (1/5/14)

Gondry on Chomsky
Boston Review (12/6/13)

Review of For Discrimination
Christian Science Monitor (9/12/13)

Pleading Out: America’s Broken Public Defense System
Los Angeles Review of Books (3/18/13)

Diversity Against Justice
Jacobin (10/15/12)

Against Innovation
Jacobin (9/10/12)

Review of Philosophers Without Gods
Rain Taxi Review of Books (Summer 2008)

Reporting
Market Basket’s Fair Deal
Boston Review (7/29/14)

Poll: Yes To Affirmative Action, No To Racial Preferences
Boston Review (8/9/13)

Cross this line… and I’m gonna do nothing!: The strange truth about ultimatums
Boston Globe (6/23/13)

How digital art decays—and how to save it
Boston Globe (1/20/13)

Brainiac
Boston Globe (guest blogger for week of 10/25/12; link is to highlighted entries)

How Pay-Pal Squeezes Merchants with Unfair and Likely Illegal Business Practices
Alternet (12/18/11)

Commentary
Why did Putin oppose Clinton? Decades of American hypocrisy.
The Washington Post (April 20, 2017)

Mass. High Court Says Black Fears Matter
Boston Review (September 28, 2016)

Trump Voters Are Awakening America from Its Post-Racial Dream
Boston Review (February 29, 2016)

For Democratic pragmatists, Sanders is the better choice
Al Jazeera America (January 31, 2016)

Getting Some Perspective On Bike Safety In Boston
WBUR Cognoscenti (9/4/15)

On Olympics, Mayor Walsh Finally Came To His Senses
WBUR Cognoscenti (7/28/15)

GMOs Are Safe—So Let’s Label Them
Boston Review (7/24/15)

Desegregation Is Not Intolerable Social Engineering
Boston Review (7/22/15)

The conservative politics of the same-sex marriage ruling
Al Jazeera America (6/30/15)

Racism: Dumb and Personal / Smart and Structural
Boston Review (6/22/15)

Soaking the Buskers of Faneuil Hall
WBUR Cognoscenti (5/14/15)

Police Manipulate Freddie Gray Story Through Leak
Boston Review (4/30/15)

‘Blurred Lines’ ruling makes influence illegal
Al Jazeera America (4/4/15)

The Indiana Backlash
Boston Review (3/31/15)

Netanyahu Is Right: U.S.-Israel Relations Are Here to Stay
Boston Review (3/3/15)

Amid The T’s Crisis, Gov. Baker Is Showing His Management Style. It’s Not Pretty.
WBUR Cognoscenti (2/12/15)

Americans Love King Because They Don’t Understand Him
Boston Review (1/20/15)

Righteous Indignation in Ferguson
Boston Review (11/25/14)

Keep Rollin’: A Cyclist’s Case for the Idaho Stop
WBUR Cognoscenti (9/18/14)

Six Shots in Michael Brown
Boston Review (8/18/14)

America’s Debt To The Children Crossing Our Border
WBUR Cognoscenti (8/4/14)

A Hobby Lobby Afterthought
Boston Review (7/11/14)

What Is Political Correctness?
Boston Review (6/30/14 follow up to Washington Post article immediately below)

The U.S. military’s ongoing slur of Native Americans
The Washington Post (6/26/14)

Americans support the Obama Doctrine
Al Jazeera America (6/20/14)

Don’t Blame the “Check Your Privilege” Essay-Writer. Blame His Editors.
The New Republic (5/14/14)

Big Money, Politics And The High Court: Considering The Implications Of McCutcheon V. FEC
WBUR Cognoscenti (4/3/14)

Gangsta Folk
Boston Review (3/27/14)

Belle Knox and the Identity Monster
Boston Review (3/20/14)

Tsarnaev: Dismantle the Gallows
Boston Review (2/3/14)

Suffering and the Second Amendment Debate
Boston Review (1/16/14)

A Child Who Kills Is Still a Child
WBUR Cognoscenti (1/2/14)

Where Does the U.S.-Iran Deal Leave Israel?
Boston Review (12/2/13)

‘Upskirting’: Creepy, but Legal
WBUR Cognoscneti (11/13/13)

The Other Mayor’s Race
Boston Review (10/25/13)

City Hall: A Riposte
WBUR Cognoscenti (9/26/13) [listen to the radio version]

The Isolationism Canard
Al Jazeera America (9/17/13)

A neighborly knock on the loud, late student party
Boston Globe (9/11/13)

Can Boston Break Identity Politics?
Boston Globe (9/8/2013)

Why Didn’t Ed Markey Vote “No”?
Boston Review (9/5/13)

R.I. upholds church-state separation Boston Globe (7/26/13)

Terms of Enhancement Boston Review (7/25/13)

Beyond Bulger Boston Globe (7/19/13)

Zimmerman: The Criminal Trial Is a Privilege of Whiteness
Boston Review (7/15/13)

A fundamental right to be able to die in peace
Boston Globe (7/12/13)

Photo ID requirement for EBT is wasteful, punitive
Boston Globe (7/5/13)

Let Rob Ford Smoke Crack
Boston Review (6/4/13)

Obama’s power grab threatens FDA
Boston Globe (5/3/13)

Big Brother Boston?
The American Prospect (4/16/13)

Where’s the Political Imagination?
Boston Globe (3/22/13)

In Defense of My Generation
WBUR Cognoscenti (9/26/12)

Poverty’s Boiling Point
Boston Globe (8/16/11)

Smoking Opponents, Please Butt Out
Boston Globe (5/15/10)

Other
The Contradiction of Nuclear Democracy
(9/26/14)

Who Are You Calling Poor?
Boston Review (2/8/13)

An Open Letter To People Who Insist That New York Is the Only Place To Get a Decent Bagel
McSweeney’s (10/22/10)

Banner image: detail from Five Portraits, Vilhelm Hammershøi (1902)