Author Archives: Spencer Critchley

After Trump, Prepare for the Shame: A Warning for Americans From Occupied France

[Also published at Medium.] With the Liberation of France in 1944 came a miraculous discovery: the entire nation had resisted the German occupation. “Paris liberated! Liberated by itself, liberated by its people with the help of the French armies, with the … Continue reading

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African Immigrants Are Better Educated Than Americans

[Also published at HuffPost.] African immigrants are better educated than native-born Americans. 42 percent of African immigrants have a bachelor’s degree or higher; 33 percent of Americans do. Immigrants from Nigeria? 61 percent. Racism depends on ignorance. And at a time … Continue reading

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Will you just “wait and see?”

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Have you ever wondered whether you would speak up if democracy came under attack, as it did in Europe in the 1930’s and 40’s? That question is being answered now. Are you speaking up? Or are … Continue reading

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A Car Wash for Souls

[Also published at Huff Post.] I had Christianity all wrong — I thought Jesus didn’t want you to sin. Yes, if you did sin, He would forgive you. But the baseline was, Jesus was anti-sin. Well now Christian supporters of Roy … Continue reading

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Yes, Judge What Happened In Charlottesville — And Then What?

[Also published at Huffington Post.] We have to call out horrors like what happened yesterday, and there’s value in doing it: to make it clear what America is and what it cannot be. At the same time, I think there’s also … Continue reading

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Arguing Over Their New Slogan Is Why Democrats Lose

Democrats, being Democrats, are having a big argument right now about their new slogan, “A Better Deal.” Is it on point? Does it suck? What do the polls say? It doesn’t freaking matter. Quick, now. What was Barack Obama’s slogan … Continue reading

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How Kellyanne Conway Won Her Debate With CNN’s Brian Stelter — Despite Being Wrong About Everything

[Also published at Huffington Post.] White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter had a widely anticipated debate Sunday about the fairness of media coverage of the Trump administration. On every point that came up, Stelter exposed Conway … Continue reading

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America Is A Creed, Not a Tribe — And Too Few Americans Know Why That Matters

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Donald Trump’s recent speech in Poland sent chills down the spines of people around the world who believe in small l, small d liberal democracy. Notably this part: We must work together to confront forces, whether … Continue reading

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12 Ways You Now Have To Tell Your Kids Not To Be Like The President

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Think of it — especially now, after Trump’s vicious, sexist tweet about Mika Brzezinski. If you’re raising children, these are just some of the ways you now have to tell them not to be like the President … Continue reading

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It Isn’t Just Trump: The Roots Of Democracy’s Crisis Are Many and Deep

[Also published at Huffington Post.] I’ll soon be taking part in a panel discussion on the crisis of democracy. In preparation, I started a list of answers to the question, “How did we get here?” I was amazed at how fast … Continue reading

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