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Herb Rothschild

Living with discretionary justice

The subject of my last column was Ashland City Ordinance No. 3176, which will restore to police the ability to compel people whom they wish to cite for a violat...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: Corporate food, Part 2

People of conscience were appalled by President Trump’s proposal that the benefits disbursed by SNAP (formerly food stamps) be converted from cash cards usable ...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: Serving two masters

Who will you serve? In political as well as personal life, answering this question is foundational to any new beginning. Democrats can win some elections witho...

Easing nuclear tensions

Do threats produce compliance? Often yes, but it’s always a grudging compliance that lasts only as long as resistance seems futile. Lately, women have been impr...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: More on class and race

Reader unhappiness with last week’s column prompted some searching conversations. I’m pleased. When I get no pushback, I worry that, like MSNBC, I’m simply rein...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: A class act

Among the numerous privileges with which I was endowed, being white and male were two. Helpful as they were, I don’t think they were determinative in smoothing ...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: Loyalty oath returns

When I was a teaching assistant at Harvard, I had to sign a loyalty oath. The same was true when I took a full-time position at LSU. This trademark of the McCar...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: A frightening idea

If the mission of our military were to defend us from attack by hostile forces, it would be impossible to justify its present size, weaponry and deployment. Tho...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: How we really live

In my previous column I identified our oppressor as our culture, shaped by laissez-faire capitalism, which posits competition as our natural condition and the i...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: Our self-reflection

Ever since Donald Trump emerged as the Republican standard-bearer, political observers have said the GOP will have to engage in extensive self-reflection to dec...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: Gender bias endures

When I was active with the American Civil Liberties Union, I attended two of its biennial conventions — in 1968 and 1970. Those were turbulent years in the life...

Herb Rothschild Jr.: Pondering term limits

Like most of you, I was saddened by the near coincidence of Peter Buckley’s retirement from the Oregon House and Sen. Alan Bates’ sudden death. But when I heard...