Easing multi-ethnic conflict by creating multi-ethnic alliances

Sam Smith – One of the great problems with the way that we approach ethnic discrimination is that we rarely discuss cures other than the condemnation of its examples. The media, for example, seldom discusses solutions. This approach is in full swing right now as can be seen in how little real police reform is … Continue reading Easing multi-ethnic conflict by creating multi-ethnic alliances

The real issue behind gay marriage

  Sam Smith – The gay marriage case before the Supreme Court is not really about gay marriage as much as it is about something that isn’t being talked about much: freedom of religion. The Constitution calls upon the government to make no law "respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". … Continue reading The real issue behind gay marriage

Bringing law and order to the community

 From our overstocked archives Sam Smith, 1975 - We are staggering under the budgetary load created by the great expansion of the police, courts and prisons in recent years. We are not only paying a high price but we are getting little more with our money than we had before. The conventional wisdom is that … Continue reading Bringing law and order to the community

How much do we learn from evil?

Sam Smith 2005 The 60th anniversary observance of Auschwitz brings back a question that periodically lurks in the corner: how much do we really learn from evil? It is widely assumed in this country that humanity is significantly improved by such things as Holocaust studies, international war crimes, and showing teens scary films about driving. … Continue reading How much do we learn from evil?

The Attica that wasn’t

 Sam Smith Forty years ago this month, on September 13, 1971, 500 New York state troopers stormed Attica Correctional Facility on orders from Governor Nelson Rockefeller to end a four-day standoff following a prisoner revolt that included the taking of hostages. The police fired 2,200 bullets in nine minutes and before it was over 29 … Continue reading The Attica that wasn’t