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Stories by Jim Picht

James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics. He teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years doing economic development work in Moscow and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government, the Asian Development Bank, and as a private contractor. He has also worked in Latin America, the former USSR and the Balkans as an educator, teaching courses in economics and law at universities in Ukraine and at finance ministries throughout the region. He has been writing at the Communities since 2009.

Confederate flags, gays, and tolerance

The First Amendment forces us to tolerate that which we would rather force out of sight and out of mind. It protects our right to honor our heritage, set our own context, or simply to be offensive.

Why not polygamy, and why stop there?

Justice Kennedy's same-sex marriage ruling is an eloquent appeal for the children. So if one mommy is good, why not two? If two daddies are good, why not three?

Caitlyn Jenner, a hero for our times?

If just showing up or being ridiculed makes you heroic, Caitlyn Jenner is a hero. But be honest; this isn't about courage, it's about commerce and voyeurism.

Relativity and the color of gold

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 – Einstein’s general theory of relativity is 100 years old this year, and special relativity is 110. Big deal, you say. What’s relativity done for me recently? Well, it’s probably kept your fingers on your hand, and it’s certainly kept Lil Wayne’s head on his shoulders. Relativity isn’t important just to physicists. ...