OR THE DIFFICULTIES OF ACADEMIC HONESTY The last couple of semesters I've had the unfortunate opportunity to talk about American gun culture and its associated gun violence in real time. It's actually a great topic through which to understand the sociological imagination and to offer relevant lessons on how sociologists do our work. I try to... Continue Reading →
ASKING SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ON POLICY It is the long standing tradition of the Journal of a Mad Sociologist and the associated blog to not endorse political candidates or parties, and 2016 will be no exception. That being said, Bernie Sanders' campaign has invigorated a progressive agenda that has been woefully anemic for the last couple... Continue Reading →
PLAYING FOR CHANGE FEATURING WHAT'S GOING ON It's been a while since I posted something by playing for change. For those new to the Journal of a Mad Sociologist, I love the idea of people all over the world, representing diverse cultures, singing a song.
ON STRAIGHT TALK AND REALITY Sometimes I think I am the only one in the world who is not shocked, just shocked, by the meteoric rise of Donald Trump in the Republican primary. Well, maybe me and Paul Krugman. After all, Donald Trump may be a joke to the rest of the world, but he... Continue Reading →
A BOLD TAKE ON CURRENT ISSUES i stumbled upon this little gem while doing some on-line research and figured I would share with viewers. I was sold on the opening commentary done in verse!
WHAT DOES BUSH'S RHETORIC REVEAL ABOUT HIS WORLDVIEW? Just a quick note on Jeb Bush's flub about Americans needing to work longer hours. Of course, the very premise is ridiculous, as Mother Jones points out. For the sake of analysis, however let's take him at his word that he was referring to part time workers... Continue Reading →
THIS IS GOING TO GET UGLY When it comes to the economics of the Greek crisis, I defer to those who know better what they are talking about than a sociologist. The source I use most is Paul Krugman's Blog at the New York Times. I've been reading Krugman for many years and his blog,... Continue Reading →