International Status-Seeking and the Olympics

We are five days into the 2020 Summer Olympics and we have already seen some tremendous highs and crushing lows. Despite all of the problematic elements of the Olympics (and there are many) I am an unabashed and unrelenting fan. The Olympics, being an international event, are also have important for international relations. the Olympics, […]

“People think you are lazy but that’s not true. You do everything you say you are going to do but you just take awhile doing it.” I finally finished the AFI list of 100 greatest films!

The quote in the title of this post was something a friend of mine said to me in college. I don’t remember the context of the remark but after he said that I have kinda taken it as my mantra. I did, and still do, have a predilection of making pronouncements about how I am […]

Know Your Enemy: Right Wing Syllabus

As a lifelong lefty I have gone through waves where I would read a ton on the right wing and then through periods where I would ignore it completely.  Since Trump’s election I have been in a “reading a ton” cycle.  Below I want to highlight everything I have read in recent years that have […]

Democracy vs. Plutocracy in America

When I teach Introduction to American Politics I like to frame the course around the question of “How democratic is the United States”?  The text I use offers a fairly simple definition of democracy as popular sovereignty (or rule by the people) which is present in a polity when the values of political freedom, political equality, […]

Trump and Political Violence

In his two 4th of July speeches, President dipshit really upped the insanity.  As others have reported it seems that Trump has now turned his culture war ire from immigrants and foreigners to who he thinks of as “domestic enemies.”  This is specifically targeted at Black Lives Matter protestors and the vague and ill defined […]