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Has Neoliberalism given birth to Trumpism?

Before we can get to the heart of this question we must first have a discussion on what neoliberalism is. At base, it’s a political school of thought that believes society is best served by transferring the economy to the private sector from the public sector. Confused? If you define yourself as a liberal you […]

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What Constitutes Constituency?

Constituency noun A body of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body The people who live and vote in an area An electoral district In the era of Citizens United the question of what constitutes constituency is a legitimate one. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of this […]

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#BoobsForBernie

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Yeshayahu Leibowitz- A Man Who was Unmistakably Prescient

I am about to wade into what is unarguably one of the most controversial topics of our time. And I dont do so lightly as I am keenly aware of the minefield that lay ahead. Yet I feel compelled to address a situation that has become both unjust and untenable, in my opinion. And I […]

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Is Bernie Sanders a Black Swan?

A black swan is an event or occurrence that deviates from normal expectations and is exceptionally difficult to predict. In philosophy, the Black Swan is a metaphor for a statement of impossibility and is generally used to highlight the problem of induction. It is most notably connected to Karl Popper, and his argument goes something like this:  Europeans for […]

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MA Thesis Paper- Unravelling Race

The purpose of this paper is to explore the history of racial taxonomy and its enduring adverse effects on society. Within the context of the current race debate, the question of whether race is a legitimate term rests on how we define it, and in turn, how we deploy it. Recent developments in the biomedical […]

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Occupy LA Rally and March

I attended the Occupy LA rally and march on10/15/2011. What I discovered was people from all walks of life- not crazy left-wing hippies as the greater media would have you believe. There were doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, students, immigrants, old and young. The message was clear: Get Money Out of politics. The way to […]

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Some Thoughts on Racial Essentialism and Hume

This historical metaphysical concept dictated a belief in real essences- or the thing in any object that makes that object what it is. This idea originated with Aristotle in The Metaphysics. According to Aristotle, all natural kinds possessed essential properties that could not be changed or transformed because they are innate. He states, “Each thing […]

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I Have a Dream….

“I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…yes, I have a dream that my […]

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The Question of Racial Co-dependency

In A Dream Deferred, Shelby Steele tries to delineate what he refers to as a “victim focused racial identity” that permeates post-sixties liberalism. He feels that this popular attitude has “stifled black advancement more than racism itself”, and has caused a shift in focus “from protest to suppression”(Steele, 4). Moreover, he asserts that an unhealthy […]

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