Political Discourse: Life versus Choice

The state of Alabama just recently passed the most restrictive antiabortion bill in United States. That bill says that a pregnant woman cannot have an abortion after she finds out she is pregnant. Somebody explain the logic of that to me. Why would somebody want an abortion if they didn’t know they were pregnant? The... Continue Reading →

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Is Representative Ilhan Omar Anti-Semitic?

Ilhan Omar is a freshman member of the US House of Representatives who has come under fire for some remarks critical of Israel and the pro-Israel lobby here in the USA, which she feels has too much influence over members of Congress because of the money the lobby provides to members of Cnogress. We will... Continue Reading →

Civil Discourse

Civil discourse is something that is severely lacking in the sociocultural environment of the United States of America. Everyone from the president on down to the average person on the street seems to feel that the only way anyone will listen to what they have to say is to scream, ranch, curse, and insult. I’m... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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