PoliticsNC Book Club: Days of Fire

PoliticsNC Book Club: Days of Fire

ShareIf journalism is the first draft of history, surely we are far enough removed from the George W. Bush administration for New York Times reporter Peter Baker’s “Days of Fire” to be a chronicle of our national past. It has been a long time since...
Stone Generals and the Sounds of Silence

Stone Generals and the Sounds of Silence

ShareStone generals of any war are not only shrines, they are politicians who silently speak to the values of a people at a historical moment. But those moments are transient, like the politicians themselves. Times change; values change. Politicians and statues are...
Here’s how NC can do reparations

Here’s how NC can do reparations

ShareIn a path breaking act of penitence, the Asheville city council voted 7-0 to provide reparations to Black community members. The legacy of slavery is active in Asheville, as it is in the rest of the state. Given that Asheville produced some of the more racially...
An incentives policy for the people

An incentives policy for the people

ShareCritics of Governor Cooper sometimes snarkily ask why, if he thinks corporate tax cuts are a mistake, he awards incentives to industrial prospects. Facially, it’s a clever point. If reducing a company’s tax liability sparks the creation of jobs, even...
My Experience With the Gay Blood Ban

My Experience With the Gay Blood Ban

ShareIn March of this year, my family and I tested positive for the Coronavirus. We had the frightening experience of realizing COVID-19 was actually causing our flu-like symptoms, and we were not suffering from a common cold. My parents, both my sisters and their...

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