Ezra Klein Interviews Bernie Sanders

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 […]

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A Shout Out to Marvin Gaye

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.  

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Trumping Politics

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 […]

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The Annual Independence Day Lie

SELLING MILITARISM ON AMERICA’S DEFINING HOLIDAY For me,  Independence Day is the most disappointing holiday. It has become a celebration of militarism rather than a day to memorialize the founding of our nation and to reflect upon the principles on which our nation was founded.  Come July 4th we will be inundated with an endless […]

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On Losing My Religion

THE SUPREME COURT AND WHY PUBLIC SERVANTS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING GOD Note: I started writing this piece before the Supreme Court Ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, then completed after the ruling.  I lost my religion in 1984, it must have been in the fall. It’s not that I was particularly religious before then,  but […]

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