Do the Media Have a Stake in Curbing This Company?

By Richard Goldstein

Call me naive, but I’m not convinced that Facebook is a threat to democracy. Nor do I think that the incendiary effect of its algorithms are unique. They’re a juiced up version of a tactic that has…


An SNL Skit Raises a Troubling Question

Covid? What Covid?

By Richard Goldstein

It’s been a rough time for Saturday Night Live. The pandemic has made being funny very hard. There’s only so much juice you can wring from the carcass of Donald Trump, and only so many laughs you can get out of Joe Biden’s stumbles. Wokeness has banished…


The Unintended Consequences of Cracking Down

By Richard Goldstein

Someone defaced this mural by turning Bernie Sanders into Pepe the Frog. The artist wants the vandal to be charged with a hate crime.

It was shocking. Scary. Surreal. A revelation that democracy is fragile. We look back on the tolerance of extremist views with the regret of a smoker who has just received a diagnosis of lung cancer. How can we cut out the malignancy before it spreads further?

The cancer metaphor is…


THE DEATH TOLL AMONG THE ELDERLY IS NOT JUST A MEDICAL FACT. IT IS ALSO A RESULT OF BIGOTRY.

BY RICHARD GOLDSTEIN

Young people are becoming infected with the coronavirus at an alarming rate, but the disease it causes remains primarily a killer of the aged. Eighty percent of the deaths from Covid-19 have occurred in people over 65. Every decision about preventing and treating this virus is fateful…


BY RICHARD GOLDSTEIN

THE MASSIVE DEATH TOLL AMONG SENIORS IS NOT JUST A MEDICAL FACT. IT IS ALSO THE RESULT OF BIGOTRY

Young people are becoming infected with the coronavirus at an alarming rate, but the disease it causes remains primarily a killer of the aged. Eighty percent of the…


The Brave Reporting of JoAnn Wypijewski

By Richard Goldstein

The most important quality in a social critic is the ability to question an orthodoxy that advances under the banner of truth and justice. The more progressive the consensus seems, the more it needs a trenchant critique. And when sex is involved, the intricacies are so hard to untangle that…


Queering the Censorship Debate

Tom Cotton and his bestie.

By Richard Goldstein

They called it “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.” A multiracial group of prominent artists and intellectuals — 153 of them — signed it. “The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted,”…


A New Youth Culture Takes the Political Stage

By Richard Goldstein

Yes, it’s scary. The endless wail of police sirens through the night. The ongoing rumble of helicopters in the sky. The aroma of metal burning, the gleam of shattered glass in lamppost light, the chorus of rage coming from…


By Richard Goldstein

Even after the corona crisis is over, I will never stop feeling old. That’s what I’ve learned from this virus. Old is not wise. Not just archaic. It is susceptible, assailable, penetrable — vulnerable.

Once I would have seen my vulnerability as referring to romantic disappointment or…


by Richard Goldstein

Now comes Hillary Clinton, adding gravy to Elizabeth Warren’s beef with Bernie Sanders by suggesting that he has a pattern of disparaging female opponents. One of them, former Vermont governor Madelyn Kunin, says Sanders called himself a better feminist then she and “urged people not to vote…

richard goldstein

I am the former executive editor of The Village Voice, the author of six books, and a professor at New York University’s Tisch College of the Arts.

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