Category Archives: Politics

The Sharknado of Social Systems

Today the Supreme Court ruled in Hobby Lobby that private corporations can exercise their religious freedom by denying women access to particular forms of birth control. First, I’d like to begin with a few words on religious freedom and the regulation of business. … Continue reading

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Howard Zinn & Noam Chomsky on “Is There Hope in This Desperate Time?”

I know some of my readers won’t be particularly interested in this, but I thought I’d share it anyway. Recorded in September 2004 to raise funds for Spare Change, a street newspaper, the video brings together two of the top public … Continue reading

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The History of the “Black Dog” as Metaphor

“A light seen suddenly in the storm, snow/ Coming from all sides, like flakes/ Of sleep, and myself/ On the road to the dark barn,/ Halfway there, a black dog near me.” – Robert Bly, from “Melancholia” in The Light Around the … Continue reading

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What Can Mark Twain Tell Us About Syria?

After reading my last post (The Virus of the Mind: Imperialism, Syria, and Selective Accountability), someone directed me to an article written by the political scientist Dr. Joel Johnson (Augustana College). In “A Connecticut Yankee in Saddam’s Court: Mark Twain … Continue reading

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Two brief excerpts from Team of Rivals: Turtles and Ambition

After reading about the upcoming film Lincoln, which is being directed by Spielberg and is slated for release on November 9, 2012, I noticed that it is being based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. specifically, … Continue reading

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Republicans campaigning against sex (since apparently it’s “Freedom of Religion”)

To begin, let me say that I love the fact that the Republican Party in 2012 is running against women’s rights – and not even the traditional issue of a woman’s right to choose but her very right to not get pregnant. … Continue reading

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UMN Student Senate Opposes Marriage Amendment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joshua Preston, Chairman of the Student Senate Email: Contact: Kate Brickman, Press Secretary, Minnesotans United for All Families Phone: 815-343-9299 Email: UNVERSITY OF MINNESOTA STUDENT SENATE OFFICIALLY OPPOSES MARRIAGE AMENDMENT On March 1, 2012, … Continue reading

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UMN Student Senate to reject proposed marriage amendment

Hey everyone, My name is Joshua Preston and I am the Chairman of the University of Minnesota Student Senate, which represents all 67,000 students of the University system. One thing that we will be doing this Thursday, March 1, is … Continue reading

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Wikipedia joins internet blackout; watch out for the Research Works Act

Recently Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’ request for input on what the Wikipedia community should do in response to the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, which I am sorry to say was supported by both of Minnesota’s senators and has only … Continue reading

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The Stigma of Unwanted Pregnancy and a Woman’s Right to Choose – It Has Consequences

EDIT: I realize only after posting that I should have brought up the fact that even as recently as the 1950s single mothers who experienced unwanted pregnancies were frequently treated as mentally unfit and sterilized. This was especially the case … Continue reading

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