“Steal Like An Artist” – What I’m Reading Series, #1

So far this year, in addition to a dozen or more articles every day and parts of dozens of books and several in-progress books, I have read The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics, The American Dream: A Cultural History, WhereContinue reading ““Steal Like An Artist” – What I’m Reading Series, #1″

Social Media and Clichéd Conformity

I’ve written specifically about social media a number of time before. Prior post include, Is social media creating forces to end racism?, The Dangers of the Politics of Respectability, People Don’t Forget, People Are Overwhelmed, The Medical Industrial Complex, and A Call for Input.  So far, my comments have generally emphasized the positive opportunities engendered by social media. Today,Continue reading “Social Media and Clichéd Conformity”

Conflicted Relationships: Historians and the Future

Historians generally have a strained relationship with the future. And this doesn’t really make sense. For one thing, because history repeats itself, historians can “predict” the future – and do so with far greater certainty than predictions for say the “end of the world.” Additionally, the future determines the past. When asked to predict the future,Continue reading “Conflicted Relationships: Historians and the Future”

The Dangerous Implications of “All men are created equal” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #24

“All men are created equal” is, of course, one of the most essential doctrines of civil religion in the United States – a doctrine equally in sharp contrast with most human societies.  While it is well-established that “men” did in fact initially only mean men, in particular wealthy White men, it is not so well-establishedContinue reading “The Dangerous Implications of “All men are created equal” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #24″

Exercises in the Philosophy of History: Place and the Narrative

Have you ever heard of Lind, Adams County, Washington? Have you ever heard of Hawai’i?  I’m guessing you have heard of the states Hawai’i and Washington but have not heard of the very small town, Lind. But, how much do you actually know, do any of us actually know about Hawai’i or Washington? Our collective historical, economic,Continue reading “Exercises in the Philosophy of History: Place and the Narrative”

Geography, Space, and Everyday Public Life

I regularly think and observe geographically. I have noticed over several years at restaurants and elsewhere that (people who present themselves as) men generally take up far more room than is strictly necessary and far more room than women or male children. And apparently this phenomenon is called “manspreading” and has mainly received attention whereContinue reading “Geography, Space, and Everyday Public Life”