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

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 time for progressives to nit pick democrats on what Congress is doing. Or isn’t doing. More »

The Terrorism We Should Worry About Is On Our Own Soil

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 and seek shelter. With colossal beads of sweat falling off me, I hid under my More »

Trump Presidency, Refugees, and the Golden Door

Trump Presidency, Refugees, and the Golden Door

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 niceties that we have the luxury to possess. Those refugees. Families. Children. They need the More »

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

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 in, you know, before you do the thing they’re indefinitely detaining you for. Because Habeas More »

The Two Americas: An Election Eve Sociological Contemplation

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 term coined by C. Wright Mills in 1959 in his seminal work bearing the same More »

 

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

The Women’s March Wasn’t Just Historic, It Gave Us A Tremendous Gift

Millions took to the streets in cities across the US and the globe in the single largest protest action in American history. The Women’s March on DC and their sister marches are unprecedented for many, many reasons. There are estimates

Get Ready For The “Astroturf Resistance” (pat. pending)

Mark these words: Trump’s presidency will spark the largest and most feckless “resistance” movement in history. If successful, it will entirely overshadow every single legitimate grass roots organization and protest action along the way. It’s already happening, in fact. Unsurprisingly, it’s

Notes From The Meat Grindr: Lessons From The #1 Gay Dating App

Christopher T. Conner Assistant Professor of Sociology Washburn University A central question that many of my gay friends and I talk about is why people behave “like idiots” on Grindr. Like most gay men, my relationship with the app is

Be Resilient

Today is the day. What a time to be alive, no? A Cheeto in a wispy wig will become the 45th president of the United States of America. And while the internet will be set ablaze with useless arguing and

Hegemony

by Jacob M. Gotta be careful not to be “too black” How do white people act? Study Barack Dial it back. Pack a skittles, Don’t it look like A gat? Where the headlines at? Couple weeks, watch the lines go

On Inauguration Eve, Democrats Mourn Loss Of Qualified People To Run Oligarchy

Since electing a black man with a Muslim sounding name wasn’t enough to drive home the point that anyone can become president in America, we’re swearing in a clown tomorrow who selects his cabinet appointees by saying “wouldn’t it be really

Steal The Narrative: Making Cold War II Great Again

Out of all the really good things that Reagan gave us, from trickle-down economics to ignoring the AIDS epidemic, to trading arms for hostages, the one real bummer was the end to the Cold War. The 80s were a much

There’s A Bill Called The “Stop Funding Terrorists Act”. Guess Why It Won’t Pass.

Tulsi Gabbard NoDAPL

Representative Tulsi Gabbard introduced a bill last Thursday that makes so much sense, there’s no way in hell it will pass. The bill would make it illegal for the US government to spend taxpayer money on funding, arming, training, and intelligence

America’s Interventions Part II: Congress

It’s a fair statement that our president elect needs an intervention. A majority of US voters agree, as does most of the rest of the world. Working himself into a Santorum-laden Twitfit every day doesn’t help, but it isn’t why.

America Needs To Host An Intervention (Or Several) part I

Since it’s a Federal Crime to slap anyone with a Secret Service detail, America has no choice but to gather all 50 states together in the Talking Circle, set aside our personal resentments, and avoid making eye contact with President

On DAPL, Don’t Count Your Oil-Free Tributaries Before They Hatch

Water protectors and the millions of Americans who support them celebrated a victory Sunday afternoon. The Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners (Sunoco) an easement permit and essentially passed the buck to the incoming Trump administration. Corporate media outlets