What does being American mean now?

by Nat Hentoff -- Soon after George Washington died, Thomas Jefferson recalled that our first president often told him "he considered the new Constitution as an experiment on ... what dose of more…

America's elusive 'post-racial society'

by Nat Hentoff -- I remember when the civil-rights movement was cresting in the late 1950s – not only in the South – sitting at jazz concerts and other public events, linking more…

Down syndrome genocide

by Nat Hentoff -- For years I have been opposed to the genocide of pre-born children with Down syndrome, together with the killing of those who survive abortion (my book, "Nat Hentoff: more…

Rick Perry: Pro-life and pro-death

by Nat Hentoff -- With regard to abortion, would-be president Rick Perry is a committed pro-lifer – as am I. We differ deeply, however, on capital punishment. As Luke Johnson reported in more…

Future drones: Kill by software, not by humans

by Nat Hentoff -- Increasing along with the number of pilotless drones appearing in the skies worldwide are the gee-whiz news reports about them. For instance, in "Global Race on to Match more…

Teaching kids to think and debate

by Nat Hentoff -- For this nation to survive as a self-governing republic, we need to motivate our public-school students to become active, knowledgeable, critical-thinking citizens. Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie more…

CIA killing Americans violates law of war

by Nat Hentoff -- In October 2007, Morris Davis, chief prosecutor of the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, resigned in protest because evidence was being used in proceedings that had been extracted more…

Obama's secretive kill-list panel

by Nat Hentoff -- The New York Times' incisive public editor, Arthur Brisbane, asks a question that has not been raised by any Republican battlers for the presidency. Congressional Democrats loyal to more…

Did we assassinate Anwar al-Awlaki?

by Nat Hentoff -- The CIA drone killing of the charismatically influential al-Qaida instrument of terrorism, Anwar al-Awlaki, was celebrated in a Wall Street Journal editorial (Oct. 1): "For ridding the world more…