Rosa Brooks

Winthrop's Warning

How politicians and pundits misread “city on a hill” and butcher the real meaning of American exceptionalism.

"For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us."

- John Winthrop, A Model of Christian Charity, 1630

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Slack? Nap? Snooze?

A follow-up to my Recline manifesto.

It's hard to know where to go after last week's column, in which I urged everyone to stop leaning in and recline. What could possibly follow "Recline"? "Nap"? "Snooze"?

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Why "leaning in" is killing us.

I had an epiphany the other day. I was in the middle of marking up a memo on U.S. drone policy while simultaneously ordering a custom-decorated cake for my daughter's sixth grade musical cast party and planning my remarks for a roundtable on women in national security.

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Warning: Winter Metaphor Alert!

How a foot of snow explains everything that's wrong with Washington, D.C. … and the world.

I was going to write this week about civil-military relations, but when I emailed my editor to let him know, he had something else in mind: "Sounds good," he responded politely. "But I was hoping you would write about the snow."

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Fighting Words

Has the nature of "war" changed since the days of Clausewitz?

In a 1942 case called Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, the Supreme Court held that there is no First Amendment right to utter "insulting or 'fighting' words -- those which, by their very utterance, inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace."

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