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Idrees M. Kahloon

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Southern Comfort

Of course, it’s not just the coastal elites that buy into the Manichaean narrative. To Mike Huckabee, this country is divided into Bubbaville and Bubbleville, with the homier residents of Bubbaville superior to their snobbish, coastal counterparts. Neither narrative is true. Behind these simplified labels and tropes are identical people, from which no group is better than any other.

Columns

The Social Justice Warrior

This impulse toward seeking the bad from anything good, to protesting progress for not being immediate utopia, leads to the most disturbing trend of the social justice warrior: a near-constant assumption of bad faith.

Columns

The Unartful Dodger

Part of artful dodging is knowing when to stand firm.

Op-Eds

When Muslims Die

Perhaps it’s harder to think clearly when tragedy strikes your community. Perhaps it becomes too easy to convince yourself of discrimination and prejudice when two women who wear hijabs like your mother and sisters do are gunned down.

Columns

Writing from Russia, Without Love

Why go to all this trouble for a simple book?

Columns

An Old Start to a New Congress

There’s a new Congress in town. And it’s off to quite a beginning.

Op-Eds

A Funny Thing Happened at the Forum

When salaciousness and selling become the end-all-be-alls of news, the crucial function of media—to inform—becomes irredeemably lost.

Columns

Macondo on the Mind

Vonnegut lampooned the world’s absurdity for me, Fuentes laid the sometimes-sordid foundations of power bare to me, but Gabriel García Márquez taught me how to dream.

Columns

Corruption and the Court

Money is speech, obviously—but is my long-standing practice of cramming cash into the mouths of congressmen currently protected by the First Amendment? If my pet politicians misbehave, may I sue for damages?

Columns

What the Caged Bird Sings

A free press is the necessary precursor to transparent governance—the ideal of democracy.

Editorials

Dissent: A Regrettable Choice

Had Bloomberg been asked to the Institute of Politics, we would have urged our classmates to engage in a respectful dialogue with the former mayor, and to challenge him on his record. But Commencement is not a night at the JFK Jr. Forum—every graduate should feel celebrated and included.

House of Bards
Columns

House of Bards

We admire villains and anti-heroes because of and not in spite of their evil.

Columns

Dreams of My General

Whenever army chiefs don gaudy epaulettes and oversized shades, democracy’s death is sure to follow.

Columns

A Son of Liberty

President Obama’s much-anticipated speech on reforms to the runaway National Security Agency began with a bad history lesson and only got worse.

Columns

Pope and Change

That the world has eagerly turned to papal admiration amidst a seemingly inexorable secularization also showcases the bare desire for genuine morality in the institutions that purport to purvey it.

Big States, Little States
College

Beyond Boston: Regional Diversity at Harvard

Central Administration

In Op-Ed, Law Profs Call for University Governance Changes

Jeffrey K. McDonough Artwork
Scrutiny

Not a 9-to-5 Job

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College

Freshman Advising: Under Construction