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... Continue Reading →

Getting Past the Mass Shooting Carousel

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... Continue Reading →

On ISIS and Anomie

WHY IS EXTREMISM SO ATTRACTIVE TO SOME?  I recently viewed some videos published by the New York Times addressing the motivations of young people, living otherwise normal lives by western standards, who nevertheless opt to join ISIL in their jihad against infidels and their mission to establish a new caliphate. The videos were very revealing, perhaps... Continue Reading →

On Riots and Protests

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... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑