Required Reading






The Mismeasure of Man – Stephen Jay Gould This may not have been written by a sociologist, but Gould’s insights are certainly sociological and continue to be resonant in society perpetually wrestling with bigotry and discourses of group superiority.

Regular readers of this blog, especially those with a background in sociology and/or philosophy, will recognize that a great deal of my sociological imagination is informed by Michel Foucault’s theory of Power/Knowledge. Foucault_Michel_Power_Knowledge_Selected_Interviews_and_Other_Writings_1972-1977.


Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump AgendaIndivisibleGuide_2017-03-09_v10 This is an invaluable guide for all of the new activists joining the growing movement against the dehumanizing agenda that Trump and the corporate conservatives of the Republican Party are bringing to the table.

For more information, go to the Indivisible Webpage.

The Citibank Plutonomy Report Over ten years ago, Citibank issued a report in which it openly discussed its plutocratic goals and those democratic processes that might interfere with their class interests. See, here’s the thing. The corporatists understand that we are in a class war. It’s working Americans who don’t see it. Consequently, we don’t realize that we really are in a war…and it’s a war for our very lives–and we are losing. Don’t believe me. Read it for yourself. Citibank Plutonomy Report

Black Lives Matter: Probably one of the most important organizational endeavors to happen to the Civil Rights Movement in more than a generation. Click Here to go to the website. Click Here for the Twitter Feed.

The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty: We really should evaluate the values of a society that targets and exploits its most marginalized citizens. Poverty itself should be treated as a crime. Instead, we criminalize the poor. In essence, we criminalize the victims of our exploitative political economy. Click Here for the report. Click Here to see the related DOJ report on police conduct in Ferguson, Missouri.

Mad Sociologist Features


On Obama’s Farewell AddressAnd a New Direction for American Liberalism: Did President Obama’s Farewell Address open the door for the possibility of a more progressive, left-wing, even “democratic” Democratic Party?