[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I appreciate the kind attention which The Wichita Eagle recently paid to us local Democrats, progressive liberals, Christian socialists, and various others who are working to promote Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president. We’re doing it for many different reasons: perhaps because we believe that Sanders would make an excellent
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I’ve developed some relatively new intellectual interests over the past year. The most important–at least in terms of its likely long-term impact on the research work I’m doing–is an increased engagement with urban communities, and how questions about governance play out differently depending on the scale of the community in
Some find “I see stupid people” memes to be funny and viscerally satisfying. “Americans are stupid” is a common rallying cry in certain sections of both the right and the left. There’s a whole minor industry in calling the masses stupid and decrying their stupidity. More often than not, those who are doing it are
Dear Thad: Let me begin by explaining that I don’t get off on pornography. Watching other people have sex doesn’t make me horny; at most it makes me curious. Rather, I am writing you concerning the very vexing question of why I get off watching a representation of me getting off. My partner was performing oral sex
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] More than a month ago, Peter Levine asked 10 thoughtful questions about Occupy Wall Street. In the spirit of one of the most succinct works of philosophy in Western history, let me provide 11 answers, as 2011 comes to a close. 1) It wasn’t just Time magazine; it was a
Are Mormons Christian? To contemporary Latter-day Saint (LDS) Mormons (the largest Mormon denomination) this question might seem silly. After all, their church bears the name of Jesus Christ. But there’s a historical context behind this question that has to do with the history of Christianity and of Mormonism. Once this context is understood, then the
Causes and effects. Some of the terrible things that are happening in the world are long-term effects of things that happened decades, or centuries, ago. The way in which an act of terrorism against innocents in New York City is tied, configurally, historically, to events of 1649, 1953, or 1876 can’t be reduced to comfortable
Where: Pauley Ballroom on UC Berkeley’s Campus When: Friday, December 2nd at 7pm Cornel West, one of America’s most notable intellectuals, and Carl Dix, one of the founders of the Revolutionary Communist Party, will exchange in a dialogue on UC Berkeley’s campus as part of their nation-wide campus tour. Their talk entitled “In the Age of Obama — Police
ATTN: San Francisco Bay Area!
The International Socialist Organization will be sponsoring a unique conference on Marxism this Saturday, November 5th, from 10am-6pm at UC Berkeley.
GOP politicians have no policy answers which don’t result in more money flowing into the hands of the already rich. And all they can think of in terms of messaging is to fall back on their tired history of dividing Americans. But it’s not working this time.