The Power of Illusion:  How Indianoplace Spurs Ideological Control

The Power of Illusion: How Indianoplace Spurs Ideological Control

“Sports always have had an important social function…modern American sports culture shapes cultural attitudes, norms, and power arrangements, and it also serves as a key place to look if you want to understand how these norms and power structures have been negotiated, resisted, struggled with, and against…Sports culture produces stories that become the dominant narratives More »

A Millennial’s View of the Political Left

A Millennial’s View of the Political Left

Editor’s Note: This piece by Jacob is part of a series on the state of the Democratic Party and “The Left”. Our writers were given a series of questions for a “Panel Discussion” style response piece to either address each question or give an overall perspective write-up. The political left has severe issues, and I feel More »

State of the Left: An Exercise in Exasperation

State of the Left: An Exercise in Exasperation

Editor’s Note: This piece by Steve is part of a series on the state of the Democratic Party and “The Left”. Our writers were given a series of questions for a “Panel Discussion” style response piece.  What are your feelings about the political left following the 2016 Election? If I’m being completely honest with you and More »

Sanders Set To Introduce Single Payer Legislation. How Will Democrats React?

Sanders Set To Introduce Single Payer Legislation. How Will Democrats React?

Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the country. That’s not hubris or gloating, that’s by the numbers. Medicare is second only to Social Security as the most popular government program. Federal funding for public education is third. Looking at these numbers, two things become immediately clear: The most popular politician is going to More »

Trump’s War on the Poor

Trump’s War on the Poor

I will get right to the meat of this; I grew up poor. I’ve lived in more trailer parks than I could possibly count, and hot dogs on Kroger brand bread was a staple at dinner time. And when growing up poor, you have this inherit mentality that you will be poor eternally, destined to fulfill More »

 

Wither The Gayborhood

Wither The Gayborhood? Christopher T. Conner Washburn University The gay bar has been eulogized by the gay press, pathologized by scientists, and made nostalgic by historical accounts of the Stonewall era. On the surface, it would appear that such eulogies

The Power of Illusion: How Indianoplace Spurs Ideological Control

“Sports always have had an important social function…modern American sports culture shapes cultural attitudes, norms, and power arrangements, and it also serves as a key place to look if you want to understand how these norms and power structures have

What have you done today to make me feel proud: A Queer Reading On The Left

Christopher T. Conner, PhD. Washburn University As May ends and Pride Festivals begin, it is important now more than ever to understand what these festivals symbolize.  While many individuals within our community feel as though the achievement of marriage equality

Combat Tips For The Active Anarchist

So you wanna punch some Nazis. Who doesn’t? I support groups like Antifa in a general sense for the sole reason that there needs to be someone, somewhere, reminding all of us that living inside a Corporate State under economic

A Millennial’s View of the Political Left

Editor’s Note: This piece by Jacob is part of a series on the state of the Democratic Party and “The Left”. Our writers were given a series of questions for a “Panel Discussion” style response piece to either address each question

State of the Left: An Exercise in Exasperation

Editor’s Note: This piece by Steve is part of a series on the state of the Democratic Party and “The Left”. Our writers were given a series of questions for a “Panel Discussion” style response piece.  What are your feelings about

Sanders Set To Introduce Single Payer Legislation. How Will Democrats React?

Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the country. That’s not hubris or gloating, that’s by the numbers. Medicare is second only to Social Security as the most popular government program. Federal funding for public education is third. Looking

Trump’s War on the Poor

I will get right to the meat of this; I grew up poor. I’ve lived in more trailer parks than I could possibly count, and hot dogs on Kroger brand bread was a staple at dinner time. And when growing up

State of the Political Left from a Jaded Chicken Farmer

Editor’s Note: This piece by Ken is the first in a series on the state of the Democratic Party and “The Left”. Our writers were given a series of questions for a “Panel Discussion” style response piece. As expected, Ken

Tom Perez Is The Perfect DNC Chair For This Moment In Time

The DNC voted today to send a message to a country where millions of people are reeling and nervous and scared and pissed and in the streets protesting. That message was “Corporate donors and suburban Republicans are the future of

Jimmy Dore and Nick Braña Dissect This Fundamental Truth: The Democratic Party Exists To Keep The Left In Check

The idea that progressives will have all the time in the world to hold an elected Democrat’s “feet to the fire” once they’re in office has been one of the selling points neoliberals offer every election cycle. Along with that

Progressives, For The Sake Of The Country, Stop Splitting Hairs

Half the damn country’s waking up pissed every morning. Or in genuine concern for friends and loved ones. Some people are waking up in real fear. And Fear is the hottest stock on the planet. Right now is not the

The Terrorism We Should Worry About Is On Our Own Soil

In high school, I had what one would call an “irrational fear”. While at school one day, a voice over the intercom announced there was a bomb threat on the campus, and that all classes were to lock their doors

Millions Of Americans Demand Fascism Put Its Robe Back On

The only legitimate answer to “can you believe Trump said/did ___?” is yes. Not coincidentally, “yes” is also the answer to “can you believe (name any member of the two party system) said/did ___?”  It’s not like people haven’t been

Trump Presidency, Refugees, and the Golden Door

Fallen Maiden political poem

Reading about Trump potentially signing a temporary immigration ban that targets muslims and refugees not only saddens, but it disgusts me. One, refugees are victoms of attrocities in parts of the world where they don’t have the sheltered freedoms and

Sometimes, Violence IS The Answer

There is absolutely nothing that anyone could say to convince me to believe anything short of hitting the reset button on our current system of rule will stop the acceptance of poisoning people for profit. We rightfully lionize a senator

Commit A Thought Crime. Then Vocalize It. This Offer Will Expire.

Think about this for a second: Saying the US government commits war crimes isn’t a crime until you provide physical evidence that they do. The Patriot Act and the NDAA have some very mutable guidelines for detaining people preemptively. As

The Two Americas: An Election Eve Sociological Contemplation

By Christopher T. Conner, PhD. Washburn University and Juan Ramos Washburn University As a sociologist, my role in life is to place current events in their proper historical and political context.  Within the discipline, we call this the sociological imagination—a