If there were ever a time for stepping up a cultural critique of American militarism and our "forever war" footing, it's now.
And The Militarism That Gives Such Men a Platform I've largely stayed out of the ludicrously empassioned debate raging through social media on the Michael Moore American Sniper debate. Frankly, I have no money on this horse race. I am a fan of Michael Moore's documentaries, even if I don't always agree with his conclusions.... Continue Reading →
"Who do you protect!" Heard from the crowd being attacked by militarized police, "No one is attacking you all. You are not in danger in any way. We are in danger from you." Isn't the police motto "to serve and protect?" I guess we should be more specific with whom is being served and protected.
It was bad enough the first time Back in 2001, I was actively involved in the peace movement. This was, of course, a losing proposition. Our nation had been violently awakened from our delusions of insularity from an otherwise unsafe and uncertain world. Our people were killed, our buildings were burning, and the taste of... Continue Reading →
The United States has to be willing to take responsibility for the harm that it has done to these children! The appalling behavior of many Americans in the face of our current refugee crisis betrays a profound ignorance of our role in creating the very conditions from which children are desperate to escape, as well... Continue Reading →
Americans Should be Ashamed of Our Response to Refugee Children! My position on this issue could never be clearer or simpler to explain, so this blog post will be among my shortest: Any nation or culture that feels threatened by, or turns its back on, children does not deserve to exist! The hate-filled bigotry of... Continue Reading →
Americans are rejecting science, and putting themselves…and everyone else…in peril Every semester I lead my Introduction to Sociology students through the following scenario: Uncle Phil is sitting at home watching television, a wonder of technological advancement, and eating a microwave meal. Suddenly, he feels a sharp pain in his chest that travels down his left... Continue Reading →
And: The Rained Out Revolution I can't help but ask myself, what if Occupy protestors in 2010 showed up with AR-15s? On one hand, being armed may have given law enforcement pause before they use paramilitary tactics to take down the Occupy encampments all over the country. On the other hand, Occupy was protesting... Continue Reading →