It looks like we’re just going to have to deal with institutionalized structures of violence rather than try to focus on controlling the behavior of a few “bad apples.”Read More Conflict Cycles and Body Cameras
In this time of Fake News and Alternative Facts, we need a standard for discerning what is real and what is not. We need ways of sorting through the Alternative Facts and getting the Factual Facts. Fortunately, that’s pretty much what sociologists do every single minute of every day.Read More Lecture 10: Quantitative Research Methods
It is now undeniable that what was once vaunted as a marketplace of ideas is now nothing more than a boarded up strip-mall.Read More The Marketplace of Ideas is Closed for Business
…the goal must be to institute a leftist globalism, not a globalized left, which is a much different thing.Read More On Walls and the Disappearance of Left Wing Discourse
THE LATEST: LECTURE 9 — THE POSTMODERNISMRead More Lecture 9: Postmodernism
HOW OBJECTIFYING DISCOURSE LEADS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT If the Locker Room Talk Scandal has done nothing else, it has put a spotlight on the way men talk when they don’t believe they are being heard and how what might be private words can translate into public actions. It’s also forced men, honest men at least, […]Read More On Locker Room Talk, Patriarchy and Grabbing Pussies
LAW AND ORDER, TRUMPISM AND “US AGAINST THEM” Protests in the streets, mass shootings, police shootings, political gridlock. What in the world is wrong with our country? I hear this all the time. It’s hard for a sociologist to answer. We have so many variables running through our brains, all of which we are, by training, locked […]Read More What’s Wrong with Our Country?
TORTURE IS THE FIRST TOOL OF THE TYRANT The New York Times reports today that the government has declassified some transcripts from torture victims at Guantanamo Bay. Predictably, the transcripts remain heavily redacted, limiting their value. However, some new information does come to light based on an analysis of the documents. Equally predictable, the new release […]Read More The Truth about Torture and Trump
APPLYING REASON TO THE IRRATIONAL During a Facebook conversation with a right-wing friend of mine (yes, I do have right-wing friends), he pointed out “while we prayed for the victims, you prayed the shooter wasn’t a Muslim.” I have to admit, he wasn’t entirely wrong. I’m not one for prayer, and clearly I had deep […]Read More Getting Past the Mass Shooting Carousel
THE SIMPLE SOCIOLOGY BEHIND TRUMP RALLY VIOLENCE In sociology we have a useful tool called the Thomas Theorem. It’s really a quote from the sociologist W. I. Thomas, “If men[people] define situations as real, they are real in their consequences,” that has become a sociological staple. This simple sentence really is a valuable tool for understanding […]Read More Is Trump a Magnet for Violence?