Harold Pollack

Politics and the Drug of Self-Righteousness

I want to endorse the need to presume good intentions in others and to be a bit slower in taking offense. Two years ago, a brilliant philosopher wrote in this space about my own favorite example of faux outrage on the campaign trail: Readers may remember New York’s Al D’Amato, a.k.a. Senator Pothole. As the… Read more »

Killing bin Laden: Cause for Reflection, Not Celebration

I’m grateful to the men and women of our intelligence services and armed forces who tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden. Their bravery and methodical professionalism is remarkable. To tell you the truth, I’m glad we just killed him, that he did not survive the firefight with our forces. Dragging him back to Guantanamo… Read more »