The Devil Made Me Do It

For those of you who are as old as I am (70), you might remember that line from one of Flip Wilson’s most iconic comedy routines (Geraldine). I had been following some of the discussion on Facebook about the Supreme Court nomination hearings. It seems the fundamentalists, especially the Christian fundamentalists, see the “attacks” on... Continue Reading →

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And Justice For All Part One

Some recent events into the special prosecutor’s investigation of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign have raised a question from Bill Clinton’s second term that was never resolved. Exactly what is the legal status within the justice system of the President of the United States? Is the president subject to the same laws and... Continue Reading →

The Concept of Other Part Three

As I discussed earlier in this series, the first people we recognize as part of “us” are our parents and siblings. That group will expand in a short time to include everyone in our “extended” family. So how do we define who is a member of our family? According to American anthropologist David M. Schneider,... Continue Reading →

The Concept of Other Part Two

Yes, I know I said I would discuss the metaphysics behind the concept of other in the previous installment. However, after weeks of thinking about this concept, I realized I needed to discuss the sociological/anthropological aspects of other much more than I originally planned. Part two is the continuation of that discussion. Part three will... Continue Reading →

The Concept of Other

Today the article was inspired by a discussion I had on Facebook with some of my friends about the whole issue of of immigration. I am a first-generation immigrant and very proud of that. I came to this country in 1952 when I was almost 4 years old. That means I have lived in United... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Violence Part Four

Writing this final installment on my cultural violence series has been very difficult. I know what I want to say in a rather amorphous way, but finding the words to explain my point of this whole series has been much like a difficult birth. When my wife Elizabeth was pregnant with our daughter, and she... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Violence Part Three

Culture is about symbols and show cultural analysis is symbolic analysis. What we are going to do today is analyze a few of the most important symbols underlying American culture. In terms of what they are, what they mean now, and what they meant in the past. Given that, analyzing just one simple symbol can... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Violence Part Two

I am sure some of you who read the first installment think I rambled a bit. Maybe a dead. Chalk it up to writer’s prerogative, if you wish. Hopefully, by the time I get done with this particular topic, the ramblings may make more sense and seem more appropriate. Anyway, let’s get to the point.... Continue Reading →

The Culture Of Violence Part One

My post today centers specifically on American culture and, of course, American society. I am going to talk about the place of violence in American culture and how that is reflected in American society. If you are not living under a rock in this country, I am sure you are aware of all the school... Continue Reading →

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