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The best thing I did in 2010 was to drop a course because it had a seventy dollar course pack, it was difficult to decide because t he subject matter was interesting and could well be integral to any work I ever look to do in the social sciences. I don’t blame the prof. for [...]
Global energy reserves in the form of uranium are estimated at massive to virtually limitless. Expensive, high-tech reactors have reasonable lifetimes and depleted uranium quantities are relatively limited considering the amount of electricity that can be produced. The horror stories of Chernobyl, the fallout, cancers and deformities still ravaging the peoples of that area have [...]
What ever happened to the precautionary principle? Did it go out the door with Locke, the enclosure of the commons, the birth of capitalism? Is caution the antithesis of making money? I sure as hell hope not, because then the planet and the people are really in a bind: If we want to keep living [...]
We live in a world dominated by the discourses of relativism. This has been on the march since at least since the extremely important developments of modern feminism and the post-colonial perspective. The framing of the social milieu in these ways has been instrumental in putting a stop to senseless exploitation. Where is there a [...]
“For questioning is the piety of thought.”
This is the closing statement of the essay bearing the same name as this post. In an effort to continue writing I’ve decided to share some thoughts on my initial reading of this essay. I’ll start, as is always useful, with a digression.
The central divide in undergraduate education [...]
From the late Harvard political philosopher, John Rawls, we get (amongst a many other great things), the idea that genuinely democratic societies can under certain conditions enter into conflict with other societies. Rawls is very careful to distinguish his arguments as founded on the relations of peoples, rather than on the relations or actions of [...]
So apparently I missed the recent US Supreme Court decision on removing the cap on corporate spending in the financing of elections. I have yet to read the 183 page decision, nor have I ever read a supreme court ruling, but now seems like as good a time as any.
Denounced by Obama (and of course [...]
Composed as part of the development of arguments concerning ‘Public Reason and the Practice of Polygamy in Bountiful BC’ for Phil 431, Spring 2010.
Polygamy must be illegal to allow victims (that is those entered into and sustaining such arrangements not entirely of their own will) a means for exit and recourse.
If one were to place [...]
I’ve managed to wrangle myself into a directed studies course in sociology with the ominous title ‘Studies in Political Ecology’ for this semester, which I hope will garner some interesting readings for myself and potentially a theoretical framework from which to view much of our current dilemmas in international politics and development.
So what is this [...]
In the summer of 1927 in Berlin, a film premiered in a downtown cinema clad in silver with a giant gong overhanging the front entrance. A live orchestra provided the score for the silent, black and white film. With seating for six hundred, fifteen thousand would eventually view the film in this theater. They would [...]