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 »

 

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

The Media’s Response To Veterans In Solidarity With Standing Rock Water Protectors

Veterans With Standing Rock

This is what defending the United States and the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic looks like. The militarized police in North Dakota  have been using peaceful, unarmed Native Americans, journalists, and all of the water protectors for target

Standing Up To Trump Doesn’t Make You Brave

Anyone with eyeballs and the ability to read a few words lately has witnessed a barrage of protests and social media outcries specifically aimed at Donald Trump. “Not My President!” and “I’ll give Trump all the respect he gave Obama”

For The Love Of Everything Sacred, Please, Hipsters, Don’t Ruin Standing Rock

File this one under “No one should have to say this. Well, not again anyway.” Or, “That didn’t take long…” The ongoing action in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline has an underreported story within what is already a tragically

The Biggest Losers Of The 2016 Election Cycle Part I

2016 will be dissected for quite a while by everyone with a pulse. Which is a problem and a solution. And while many people- myself included- have pointed out specific individuals as being catalysts or participants in this 18 month

Beyond The White House- A Look At The Rest Of The Country And How We Got Here

Hey kids, did you know that the Republican party now controls 69 out of 99 state legislative chambers in the US? Or that there are now GOP governors in New Hampshire, Missouri, and Vermont? Vermont! Bringing the total of Republican governors

Today, Fingers Are Pointed Everywhere But Forward(And Yes, It’s Mostly The DNC’s Fault)

Your Fault Blame You

There are millions of people who are stunned, shocked, inarguably drunk, or simply still trying to process what happened last night as I type this. “Why?” and “How could this happen?” and “I’m ashamed of my country” abounded both last

President-Elect Trump: Reality TV is New American Reality

Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest long cons in history by winning the 2016 Presidential election. The con was so great because he didn’t hide it. He put it all out there for everyone to see and challenged