“Free” has acquired so many connotations in the lexicon of capitalism that it inevitably calls into focus a structuralist-based binary of free vs. not free. “Free,” in other words, is a term […]
It’s time to abolish the use of “American” when we mean “United Statesian.” – Hidden Power of Words Series, #26
I’m always kind of frustrated when I hear people refer to the United States as “America” or to its residents as “Americans.” Since 2009, I have been saying that people in the U.S. are […]
Today at lunch I overheard a comment the greeter made to a customer as she seated him. She said something to the effect of so you’ve been in Lake Jackson for fifty years and […]
“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. […]
I’m often a bit irked at how often people–the news, politicians, and other people in the United States–discuss whether something is or is not in the Constitution of the United States, whether something […]
My latest poem about the magical power of words on a page came during a “bell hooks” moment, that is when I wanted to sleep but my brain had other plans.
What does “life” really mean? Join me in this thought exercise!