What’s Wrong with Our Country?

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 […]

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The Truth about Torture and Trump

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 […]

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Is Trump a Magnet for Violence?

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 […]

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Gender Does not Equal Sex

WHAT IS BEING REVEALED BY THE DEBATE ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS It’s easy to get distracted by the Great Transgender Bathroom debate. However, it’s important to understand that the legislation in question goes far beyond public restroom and locker room policy. The North Carolina state law, HB2 not only nullifies Charlotte’s ordinance protecting transgender people using […]

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