Category / Reflections

  • by Nicole Trujillo-Pagán On Monday evening, I saw an unsurprising post on Latino Rebels about a video where a self-defined “ethnically ambiguous” woman is encouraged by her acting coach to change her name and “be Latin.” Surprisingly, I’m not the only one (beside her) who found the advice disturbing. I’m confused the post merited mention at all. […]

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  • HIDEO AOKI, Ph.D. Institute of Social Theory and Dynamics (https://www.istdjapan.org/english/) aoki@istdjapan.org    http://moonpoet.jimdo.com   Buraku Discrimination Burakumin (people living in disdained communities) are the biggest minority group in Japan. There are approximately 1.2 million Burakumin, who live in about 4,000 communities nationwide. Burakumin are a Japanese historical minority group. Buraku discrimination is a longstanding form of discrimination […]

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  • Can Corporate Power Be Controlled? Steps Toward A Constructive Liberal-Left Alliance G. William Domhoff Department of Sociology University of California, Santa Cruz Posted: January, 2018 ABSTRACT This document suggests possible steps that might make it possible for liberals and leftists to work together on economic programs and thereby have more success. However, the most immediate goal would […]

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  • David Norman Smith and Eric Allen Hanley have a pair of forthcoming articles in Critical Sociology that explore the Trump election in more detail.  What follows is a preview of the argument they develop, accompanied by the statistical tables that ground this argument in data drawn from the American National Election Study. David Norman Smith University of Kansas, United States Eric […]

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  • Alfredo Saad Filho is Professor of Political Economy at the SOAS Department of Development Studies. His research interests include the political economy of neoliberalism, industrial policy, alternative macroeconomic policies, and the labour theory of value and its applications. The certainties that used to hold neoliberalism together are melting into the air: the common sense of the […]

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  • Yale historian and Holocaust expert Timothy Snyder wrote: “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so.” Snyder’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (which includes former […]

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  • December 26, 2014 - admin

    Paroxysm of Capitalism

    It is perhaps fitting, at this time of year, to reflect both on how capitalism shapes society, and on the state of society (and here I mean the US as the heartland of neoliberal capitalism) under capitalism.  We are inundated with offers of merchandise as we are asked to celebrate a holiday that commemorates charity […]

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  • September 19, 2014 - admin

    Is Marxism dead?

    At the turn of the century, writers like Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker created monsters that reflected the times in which they lived, monsters that were either constructs of the new scientific age, or the undead sucking the very life-blood of people to survive and create the new race of non-humans.  These reflected the anxieties […]

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