THE MUNDANE EXPLANATION FOR ABUSIVE POLICE PRACTICES I want to offer a brief response to Redditt Hudson’s article posted in Vox today. Hudson, a former St. Louis police office explains a theory shared with him by a former colleague. “On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will […]Read More Conformity and Police Brutality
JOHN OLIVER DESTROYS THE CASE FOR STANDARDIZED TESTING There is so much absurdity surrounding standardized testing that it is…well…absurd! What’s more, it simply doesn’t work. Go, John…Bring on the Monkey!Read More The Absurdity of Standardized Testing
ON THE POLITICAL WILLINGNESS TO TEAR IT ALL DOWN I’m a bit behind on my journal reading, but I’ve endeavored to catch up in the last couple of weeks as the school year is winding down. Among the first studies I read was Joshua Bloom’s analysis of the Truman Administration and the Civil Rights Movement […]Read More Smashing the Foundations to Build a Democracy
IT WAS A MISTAKE IN FORESIGHT I don’t like to post on arguments that are already well made by others, in this case, Greg Sargent, John Marshall, Paul Krugman, and David Corn, among others. When it comes to attempts by the political elite, in league with their media lap dogs, to whitewash the lead-up to the […]Read More The Iraq War was not a Mistake in Hindsight
BREAKING THE MYTH OF THE RACIST “BAD APPLES” If the Black Lives Matter movement does nothing else, at the very least it, and associated movements, forces us to discuss race. In many regards, race and racism has been a silenced issue for about a generation. We have the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights […]Read More Racism is More Complicated Than That!
THE DISCOURSE OF STATE VS. CIVIC VIOLENCE Discourse is a foundational principle in the sociology of knowledge. It could be described as the genetics of knowledge. On the one hand, discourse is the way we share our knowledge, through discussion, of some aspect of the world in which we live. However, our discourse is shaped […]Read More When did the violence in Baltimore start, again?
ONLY PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE RIGHTS, AND ONLY THE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE A SAY IN GOVERNMENTRead More Thom Hartmann on the We The People Amendment
SOME PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS ON BALTIMORE Like most Americans, I’m appalled at the level of violence that has taken place in Baltimore, escalating yesterday to an extreme pitch. That being said, I’m appalled about a lot of things. I will never condone violence. It should go without saying that I am equally, if not more appalled […]Read More On Riots and Protests
WE CANNOT USE TERROR TO FIGHT TERROR Imagine, if you will, living with the certainty that that at any given time a cold, electronic eye might be focused on you from miles away. You cannot see it, you cannot hear the whirring it makes as it positions its acutely sensitive lens on you. Through this […]Read More Lessons Not Learned on Flying Killer Robots