“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 […]

Structural Alternatives to Policing

As the events of the past few days have shown police departments in every city in America need to be dramatically reduced in size, power, and authority.  Police brutality and racism have been a longstanding problem in the U.S. and coupling that with the increased militarization of the police has lead to catastrophic consequences.  The […]

Human Rights and COVID-19

I am currently writing a review essay on the future of human rights but I started it prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and now I am finding myself scrambling to incorporate the avalanche of new issues the pandemic has brought for the future of human rights.  I feel like at this point I should just […]

The TV Character “Donald Trump”

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic the United States is once again seeing that electing a narcissistic, racist, reality tv star as President was not ideal.  Every day of this crisis a new story comes out showing how unprepared the administration was for this pandemic even though they had ample warning this was coming […]