Voices

Robert David Sullivan is a freelance writer and editor living in the Boston area. A native of Malden, Mass., he earned a B.A. in political science from Boston University. He has served as a copy-editor at the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Business Journal and as

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Politics & Society Dispatches
July 12, 2017
A record low moving rate may be worsening inequality in the United States.
The rapid proliferation of air-conditioners to cope with the heat is itself a major contributor to global warming.(imaslev/iStock)
Politics & Society Dispatches
June 28, 2017

Most Americans say they have changed their behavior to help protect the environment—whether because they are heeding the warnings of Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’” or are alarmed by stories of severe weather and

Politics & Society Of Many Things
June 01, 2017
There is a bubble in American politics, but it is not separating Democratic and Republican voters; it is keeping political leaders of both parties from hearing the voices outside Washington.
Former President Barack Obama accepts the 2017 Profile in Courage award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Politics & Society Short Take
May 09, 2017
Both political parties are getting further out of touch from the average voters.
Omaha Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello waves to supporters at a rally on April 20.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Politics & Society Dispatches
April 24, 2017
The expulsion of pro-life candidates may doom the Democrats to minority status.
Politics & Society Dispatches
April 06, 2017
The U-turn on environmental policies comes as evidence mounts that climate change has already caused significant damage, from killing large sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to causing severe drought in Africa.
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Faith Dispatches
March 18, 2017
Father Monan led the Jesuit university for 24 years.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. talks about the American Health Care Act during a March 8 news conference in Washington. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Short Take
March 10, 2017
The American Health Care Act seriously tests many principles of Catholic social teaching.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan receives the gavel from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 3. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Politics & Society Signs Of the Times
January 12, 2017
The pro-life movement may be one of the biggest beneficiaries as the Republicans take control of both the White House and Congress.
Politics & Society Culture
January 10, 2017
After decades of books that described presidential campaigns as thrill rides, political scientists have begun to push back.