Civil Discussion: Obama’s Gun Initiative and the NRA’s Cold, Dead Hands

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"As the resident gun-toting redneck sort, I feel certain that I will add something worthwhile to this conversation." Every Friday in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (Christ and Pop Culture writer who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (Christ and Pop Culture editor-in-chief, and a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being b … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Fiscal Cliff Diving and the Loss of 50 Precious Dollars a Month

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"Your loss of $7 beers might prevent a senior citizen’s benefits from being cut. Kinda calls into question the morality of being against ALL tax raises, doesn’t it?" Every Friday in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (Christ and Pop Culture writer who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (Christ and Pop Culture editor-in-chief, and a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Making the Fiscal Cliff Fun!!

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Every Friday (and this Wednesday) in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (Christ and Pop Culture writer who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (Christ and Pop Culture editor-in-chief, and a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros. Ben: Rich, I realize your career is taking off… editing websites, writing fantastic artic … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: The Petraeus Disappointment and The Divided States of America

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Every Friday (and this Wednesday) in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros.  Richard: Ben, the week after the election was supposed to be slow and boring!Ben: You’re not kidding… and in a similar vein, the military is supposed to be non-poli … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Obama the Winner, Romney the Loser, Richard the Hypocrite, Ben the Cynic

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"If I have any hope, it’s hope that Obama wants to be known as someone who can unite people and solve big problems." Every Friday (and this Wednesday) in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros. It's a special early-in-the-week edition of Civi … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Foreign Policy, Finality, and FASHION!!!

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"These days if the other guy ties his shoe with a bow, you have to act shocked and then extol the virtues of the double knot."Every Friday in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros. Special Note: This week, in order to keep from boring eac … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Mad Biden, Slick Ryan, and the Debate of Increasing Polarity

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Each week in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros. Ben: Rich I asked if you wanted to play Borderlands 2, and I got a speech. I asked if I could use your bathroom, and I got a speech. I asked if we really needed to do a column this week, a … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Romney’s Great Debate

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Each week in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros.  Richard:  Ben, I have to admit. I was impressed. How much does last night's debate matter? Ben: Well, he definitely had to have this one. Whether it’s too little, too late we’ll see. If the … [Read more...]


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