Articles by Robert Zaller
Jun. 9, 2017
Drexel’s two graduating classes of 2017
Drexel will have two graduating classes this year.
Jun. 2, 2017
Free speech propaganda and the right to be heard
Free speech is the most important right we have. The Founding Fathers, understanding it as the prime element in a free society, wrote it into several amendments of the United States Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees it as a right in terms of individual and collective speech on civil and religious matters, whether by personal expression, public assembly or private worship.
May. 26, 2017
The theft of the Barnes after five years
For nearly 90 years, the quiet street in Lower Merion known as Latch’s Lane was a worldwide destination for art lovers.
May. 19, 2017
Who’s liable for the Amtrak train derailment?
What goes around, comes around.
May. 12, 2017
Being a citizen in the age of Donald Trump
“Hey, I’m president! I’m president! Can you believe it?!”
May. 5, 2017
The Arkansas death circus
Arkansas: Isn’t that the place the Clintons came from?
Apr. 28, 2017
When a university loses its soul
More than six decades ago, sociologist C. Wright Mills warned of a “new universe of management and manipulation” that had entered American life, and that threatened to fundamentally alter its character and undermine its values. Mills was prescient.
Apr. 21, 2017
Ready for another war?
It’s clear that Donald Trump’s first hundred days haven’t turned out to be the walk in the park he envisioned. The most spectacularly unqualified and intellectually disabled leader ever freely chosen by any people on earth — that’s us, friends — can’t hide his scowl of frustration whenever he sits down for the obligatory photo op with visiting dignitaries. Otherwise, he retreats into Twitter-world, or his gated fortress at Mar-a-Lago. The most photographed person in the history of the world has suddenly become the least visible.
Apr. 14, 2017
Lies trump the truth
Orson Welles, the great American filmmaker, loved a good joke. He began his career with a radio broadcast about a Martian invasion of New Jersey that threw the whole country into a panic, and ended it with a movie called “F for Fake” about a Hungarian art forger and a few reflections on the fine art of scamming.
Apr. 7, 2017
Has Trump been involved with Russia?
Two Congressional committees, the one in the House at least temporarily sidelined by its chairman, Devin Nunes, are now investigating the question of Russian meddling in our 2016 election and the extent to which the Trump administration may or may not have been complicit in it.