Three things from the healthcare debate with Senators Sanders and Cruz that I can’t forget.

That such a debate is necessary shows how very, very behind the United States is and how its lacks an important component of the government’s actual moral mission. (And why between Cruz and Sanders!!) The woman who when talking about her struggles to get good health insurance and health care prefaced her comments with “IContinue reading “Three things from the healthcare debate with Senators Sanders and Cruz that I can’t forget.”

Getting it (Mostly) Wrong: AJP’s Take on National Geographic’s January 2017 Special Issue on Gender

While I understand that capitalism pressures even the best media or educational outlets to satisfy its audiences, this does not excuse the distribution of misleading or inaccurate information. One of the biggest problem with National Geographic‘s special issue on gender is that it is not really so much about gender as it is about sexContinue reading “Getting it (Mostly) Wrong: AJP’s Take on National Geographic’s January 2017 Special Issue on Gender”

AJP’s take on Tom Nichols’s “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters”

My copy of Tom Nichols’s The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters arrived earlier this week. I started the book late last night, and a few hours later, I finished and can say that The Death of Expertise is an extremely interesting, important, and timely book. The Death of Expertise is fullContinue reading “AJP’s take on Tom Nichols’s “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters””

Why would Cruz and Abbott call for term limits?

At first I was excited when I saw word that Senator Ted Cruz (and thinking, “wow, we agree on something!?!”) and then Governor Greg Abbott were calling for Congressional term limits. At first. Until I remembered that Cruz and Abbott do not care about the people who elect them or anyone else but only careContinue reading “Why would Cruz and Abbott call for term limits?”

Rethinking the History of Political Parties during the 20th Century in the United States (A Few Thoughts)

As a result of the Civil Rights Revolution for Black United Statesians during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, the Democratic and Republican parties essentially switched positions on major ideological issues, correct? Or put another way, the “Solid South” abandoned the Democratic Party for the Republican Party almost over night, correct?  Such narratives, while common place, areContinue reading “Rethinking the History of Political Parties during the 20th Century in the United States (A Few Thoughts)”

Pity for Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway is the subject of much criticism lately. Some of it necessary – her lies about Donald Trump and his administration’s activities.  Some of it disgusting – her appearance. (Most of the photos available of her are deliberately “bad photos.”) I wanted to take a minute to articulate what a day in her life mightContinue reading “Pity for Kellyanne Conway”

Neoliberalism and the Violence of Scholastic Scholarships

Neoliberalism, which has little to do with the political philosophy called (modern) liberalism in the present-day United States, has its roots in classical liberalism and in (modern) conservatism. Neoliberalism is also so powerful and pervasive that most people cannot see it and never really know what it is. Neoliberalism has a variety of tenets and goals. TheseContinue reading “Neoliberalism and the Violence of Scholastic Scholarships”