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The righteous anger of Tess Rafferty, and the manufactured crisis

A few days after the election of Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States, a woman named Tess Rafferty[1] recorded an incendiary email, a love letter of sorts to the right wing of America. The … Continue reading

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Arlie Russel Hochschild and the Analogy of Cutting in Line

In the last decade there have been a spate of books examining the question of why conservatives so often seem to vote against their own economic interest. “What’s the Matter with Kansas” and “Deer Hunting with Jesus” are excellent examples … Continue reading

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Sometimes Bigger is not Better (I’m Looking at You, Summer Olympics)

Bigger isn’t always better, and there’s probably no better example of that then the 2016 Summer Olympics. My family have been die-hard fans of the Olympics since back in 1972, when my Grandfather participated in organizing the Summer Games in … Continue reading

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If you want to see Propaganda in Action, just watch the RNC

If you want to see propaganda in action, you couldn’t find a much better example than this week’s Republican convention. The convention has stoked two of people’s primary emotions: fear and rage. The Days of Fear I already wrote the … Continue reading

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It’s not Black Lives Matter vs. Blue Lives Matter

Last week was a bad week in relations between black men and police officers in the United States. First, on Tuesday, the day after Independence day, we had the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Then, on Wednesday … Continue reading

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The English actually have my sympathy this morning

This morning is not a good day to be an Englishman. First we had the “Brexit” vote last week, and the almost instant buyer’s remorse that overtook much of the country. Now we have this: England loses 2:1 to Iceland … Continue reading

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Here’s what’s actually so sad about the Brexit vote

It’s now been a few days since the “Brexit” vote, and it’s interesting to see how things have played out so far: It seems that a lot of people woke up in Britain with “buyer’s remorse.” Social media was abuzz … Continue reading

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