Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph.D. program in Communications at Columbia University, is the author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street; and, with Liel Leibovitz, The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election.
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Farewell to Hugh Hefner, American Culture’s Great Sanitizer

The Playboy founder probably changed everyday life in America more than any other person of his generation

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Please Be Disturbed: Triggering Can Be Good for You, Kids

Brutalities cry for attention. Attention to the appalling causes disturbance. Deal with it. You’re at school to be disturbed.

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An Open Letter to Incoming Students

Campus Week: Your guide to navigating the personal and political minefield of today’s hypersensitive college life

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Yuval Levin Isn’t Dumb

The new anti-government handbook ‘The Fractured Republic’ confuses a fantasized past for a utopian future

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Against Abnormalization: BDS Targets a Major Lebanese-Born Writer

An interview with Israeli television lands French citizen, novelist, and essayist Amin Maalouf in a bizarre and ignorant thought-crime hell

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Hillary Clinton: On Feet of Clay

Why is she hated?

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This Passover, It’s Fitting to Honor Harriet Tubman, The Anti-Slavery Hero Who Was Known as ‘Moses’

The captain of the Underground Railroad couldn’t have been placed on the $20 bill at a more auspicious moment

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Rabin: The Environment of Murder

Amos Gitai’s disturbing documentary ‘Rabin, The Last Day,’ and the shaping of the real

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Chosen People? The Break-Up of American Jewish Identity

Repeatedly asked to uphold value systems they no longer share, Diaspora Jewry may soon hit unsubscribe

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The One-Map Solution

Drawing the line on borderlines

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The Green Line on the Label

How a U.S. Senator’s fight against labeling Israeli settlement products is actually a gift to the BDS movement

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There Is No Victory Without Anguish

On the logic and illogic of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

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Getting Whacked: In Honor of C.K. Williams, 1936-2015

The generous master poet of the sublime died this week at age 78

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Black Lives Matter’s Heart-to-Heart With Hillary Clinton

Which does more good: changing hearts or changing laws? And what role does mass protest play in creating that change? In a back room, the presidential candidate debated an activist, but also her former ‘Goldwater Girl’ self.

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A Great Life That Matters

Julian Bond, a leader in the Civil Rights movement, former chair of the NAACP, professor, and pragmatic gentleman, dies at 75

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Iran Is Nazi Germany. Or the Soviet Union. Or Neither?

The argument over the nuclear deal pits Israel’s paranoid essentialism against Obama’s reformist belief in the possibility of change

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Peace on Earth

With his intelligent, lyrical climate encyclical, the most ecumenical of pontiffs brings ‘the common good’ to new heights

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PC Thought-Bots Embarrass Themselves With PEN Boycott

What’s really at stake in awarding a character prize to the French satirical weekly?

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Fifty Years After the March on Washington

In honor of a moment of awakening: April 17, 1965, when we got serious about ending the war

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True Confessions of a Non-Zionist Jew

Embarrassment. Revulsion. Outrage. Righteous defensiveness. Impatience. Visceral reactions of one Jew toward the Jewish State.

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Why ‘The Enlightenment Project’ Is Necessary and Unending

The Enlightenment was never about colonialism or mindless pursuit of perfection—it was, and is, about liberating us all

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MLK’s Greatness Wasn’t in His Dreams, but in His Ability To Seize the Moment

Why Hollywood gets social movements wrong: They are not the work of messy, failed organizations or misbegotten armies

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Jewish Lives Do Matter—to Terrorists. To a Distracted Left, Not So Much.

Why is it hard for progressives to understand that Jew-hatred can never be one whit more defensible than any other racial insanity?

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Frantz Fanon Is the Manichaean Prophet of Today’s Middle East

The apostle of Third-Worldist violence as a cleansing flame is alive and well, and raging across the region

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BDS’ Biggest Victory Yet Is the Triumph of Zimbolism

Boycott and Divestment organizers protest an Israeli freighter’s arrival in Oakland, but the course they’ve set leads into an abyss

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Apocalypse Soonest

Muslim and Jewish extremists who yearn for the End of Days may get their wish—but not as they envision it

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BDS and the Politics of ‘Radical’ Gestures

Boycotts and divestment can be useful tools for righting wrongs, but they are apolitical tantrums in cases of right versus right

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Why Would a Peace Activist Fly to Iran With Sept. 11 Truthers and Other Crackpots?

Medea Benjamin, of CODEPINK, says she does not regret participating in the New Horizons conference in Tehran, a haven for paranoid anti-Semitism

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How My Father’s Problem With Blacks Mirrors the Left’s Problem With Jews

The temptations of tribalism distort the tempers and minds of people who want to do good

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