MLK Jr. Day 2012: Organizations v. Community

Let me preface this commentary with a confession: I have lived my entire life in South Carolina, a non-union state, and I have always felt a tug toward a Henry David Thoreau-Groucho Marx-Woody Allen-esque recalcitrance to join anything. That said, I have come to see a powerful and often unspoken distinction between organizations, about which […]

Republicans, Ayn Rand, and Satanism?

  In the interest of full disclosure, I consider myself spiritually agnostic. That said, can I get a Hallelujah! Some Christians are finally getting hip to the fact that Republicans have been worshiping at the altar of Ayn Rand, and unwittingly the Church of Satan. I kid you not. Well, at least the part about […]

Dalton Sherman - The 'Michael Jackson' of right wing think tanks and the crypto-fascists who fund them

  Believing is better than asking questions, or so says the ruling class and their lap dogs.  Appealing to irrationality instead of rationality is an old sophist trick refined by Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud.  Initially applied to the Creel reports during World War I, Bernays went on to not only show how […]

Our Debate Culture—Someone Wins, but Never the Truth

Recently, a colleague asked a few other professors and me to participate in a student debate as part of his first year seminar. Our role in the debate was to evaluate the debate, and of course, choose a winning side. During the debate, I came to recognize something about the debate itself, the college freshmen […]