William Saletan William Saletan

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

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Sept. 15 2014 5:13 PMHard KnocksI was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.
Sept. 3 2014 7:37 PMThe ISIS Atrocities We Can’t ForgetThe best way to honor James Foley and Steven Sotloff is to remember the thousands ISIS has murdered, and to stop them from killing thousands more.
Aug. 21 2014 4:07 PMNever Pay a RansomWe shouldn’t play by ISIS’s rules.
Aug. 11 2014 11:36 AMTwo Slate Writers Debate: Are Gay Marriage Opponents Bigots?Listen to Saletan and Stern revisit a disagreement about marriage equality and religious freedom.
Aug. 6 2014 5:36 PMIsrael’s BindRelax the blockade, and Gazans might credit Hamas. Keep the blockade, and Gazans might erupt.
Aug. 1 2014 2:00 PMGaza’s Worst Day Yet5 consequences from Hamas capturing an Israeli soldier, and the one slim hope things could get better.
July 28 2014 8:05 PMGaza’s NetherworldLower Gaza is holding Upper Gaza hostage. It’s time to end the ordeal.
July 22 2014 11:05 PMHow to Save GazaAnd keep Israel and Hamas from fighting the next war.
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July 11 2014 9:18 PMIs Israel Killing Indiscriminately in Gaza?
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July 7 2014 6:58 PMDemolishing JusticeThe Israeli government destroyed the homes of Palestinian murder suspects. Will it do the same to the homes of Jewish murder suspects?
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June 30 2014 6:00 PMAmerican UnexceptionalismThe Blackwater scandal shows the U.S. isn’t immune from behaviors we abhor in others.
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June 19 2014 6:12 PMNo More Mr. Naive GuyOn the future of Iraq, President Obama is a cold-blooded realist.
June 17 2014 12:06 AMAre Americans Turning Against the Death Penalty?Six reasons why support for capital punishment is evaporating.
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June 4 2014 5:07 PMDon’t Desert BergdahlTrading Taliban prisoners for a POW doesn’t reward terrorism. It keeps our promise to our troops.
May 16 2014 11:30 AMAnti-Semitism in the Middle East: Is It Hatred of Jews, or Anger at Israel?
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Sept. 11 2014 5:53 PMCandid JusticeSurveillance technology is taking away our privacy—and punishing people who deserve to be punished.
Sept. 2 2014 5:52 PMWhy Israel Is No Better Than RussiaIt’s using the same twisted arguments to rationalize its illegal land grab in the West Bank.
Aug. 19 2014 12:00 PMWill Obama Allow Mission Creep in Iraq?There are some small signs that he already is.
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Aug. 8 2014 5:35 PMThis Is Not WarYes, we’re bombing Iraq. But the U.S. intervention is not going to escalate. 
Aug. 4 2014 5:00 PMThe Horrific Results of Israel’s Good IntentionsHow a civilized nation can descend into war crimes.
July 31 2014 12:43 PM12 Signs It’s Time to Get Out of GazaOperation Protective Edge needs to end.
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July 25 2014 6:00 AM“Skip the Commentary, Find the Reporting”How Will Saletan kept up with this week’s news from Israel and Gaza.
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July 16 2014 8:24 PMHamas Is Destroying GazaThe Palestinian militants are showing an utter disregard for their own people.
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July 9 2014 7:38 PMThe Gaza RulesIsrael, unlike Hamas, isn’t trying to kill civilians. It’s taking pains to spare them.
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July 3 2014 3:19 PMThe Tragedy of Collective PunishmentIsrael is too quick to punish innocent Palestinians for monstrous crimes committed by other Palestinians.
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June 23 2014 6:32 PMAl-Qaida’s Seven Rules for the Effective TerroristISIS is breaking all of them. It will live to regret it.
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June 17 2014 6:13 PMDon’t Save IraqLet it learn to save itself.
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June 11 2014 4:01 PMWhy Did Cantor Lose? Because GOP Primary Voters Are So Extreme.
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May 19 2014 2:46 PMThe Evolving Equality AgendaThe problems of racial inequality are getting more complicated. Eric Holder explains how.
May 15 2014 10:09 AMAustralia Is Raising Its Retirement Age to 70. The Rest of Us Should Catch Up.



Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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