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J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican

J. Patrick Coolican is Editor-in-Chief of Minnesota Reformer. Previously, he was a Capitol reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for five years, after a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan and time at the Las Vegas Sun, Seattle Times and a few other stops along the way. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and toddler son.

COMMENTARY

The pandemic has shown the flaws of American individualism

By: - March 24, 2021

The lone explorer on the trail, an inventor in her garage creating something cool, a rock star on the stage alone under a spotlight. Across time, these archetypal American heroes each eschews the crowd and its stifling conventions and sets out to chart her own path. It’s been a useful American mythos, driving us to […]

COMMENTARY

How do we de-radicalize? Three experts in political extremism and violence share ideas

By: - February 8, 2021

The most urgent civic project of the next few years will be deradicalizing Americans who believe that in the absence of success at the ballot box, armed insurrection is a legitimate response. The events of Jan 6, when an extremist mob loyal to then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, have brought the scope and urgency […]