Tipper Gore Versus Burning Man

I spend my life on the political left and usually find myself on the libertarian side of it. One of the first articles I posted on this website was The Death of the Libertarian Left. There is a huge divide on the left between the libertarians and the not. Those who want Woodstock and TheContinue reading “Tipper Gore Versus Burning Man”

The Science of Credulity

Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book was Talking to Strangers. Given the content, I disagree with the title. So long as it’s daylight and there is no fear of danger, strangers should be talked to as that makes people more multicultural, worldly, and empathetic to people of diverse backgrounds. Without question, as long as it’s safe,Continue reading “The Science of Credulity”

Will Sex Return?

                One of the great less broadcast questions infecting the minds of sociologists is whether the decline in romantic relationships and sexuality is temporary or not. It seems that the decline will never fully reverse and human sexuality will seldom return to late-twentieth century levels. Some of the reasons are more physical than sociological, theContinue reading “Will Sex Return?”

The Universal Boogieman: Autism, Pseudoscience, and Why They Go Together

It has been a while since I last wrote an article pertaining to autism and life on the spectrum. I prefer to not reduce my class of people to their conditions and nothing more. Yet, in a pandemic of increasing conspiracy theories one Aspie experience becomes creepingly obtrusive. That is being the universal boogieman. MostContinue reading “The Universal Boogieman: Autism, Pseudoscience, and Why They Go Together”

The Testament of a Gentrifier

Gentrification is both beautiful and ugly, each in many senses. It brings aesthetic benefits and social liberalism to areas formerly devoid of those things and it often drives the weaker members of our society from their homes and into less humane circumstances. Myself, I am gentrifier, I live in an apartment in the East CentralContinue reading “The Testament of a Gentrifier”

The Encroaching Green Angel: How to Make Super-Blocks and Pedestrian Malls Politically Feasible

The greatest challenge to creating a psychologically and environmentally healthier land for people to live in are NIMBYs and their tendency to oppose density and physically and socially interconnected and interdependent communities. As a political scientist and worker, I count the result of political challenges to be as much on the shortcomings of my ownContinue reading “The Encroaching Green Angel: How to Make Super-Blocks and Pedestrian Malls Politically Feasible”

How the Police Caused the Virus

This summer has seen two major political crises, that of the virus and that of the police (and racism generally). From the surface, it doesn’t look like these have much in common but if one steps aback, they do. One of the great criticisms of the police is that they have become the primary socialContinue reading “How the Police Caused the Virus”

John Smith Hits Rock Bottom: The World of Universal Celebrity

I have a relative disdain for celebrity culture but, in recent years, as celebrities have not only become political but Hollywood has become another branch of government. Selena Gomez is effectively a US senator along with ever other A-list celebrity. While the nature if celebrity has changed in the recent cultural shift, the condition ofContinue reading “John Smith Hits Rock Bottom: The World of Universal Celebrity”

Reticence: The Anglo-American Suppression of Emotion

One of the sad facts of our culture is that expressions of emotion are likely to viewed with derision or fear or, when not dangerous, get the cops called or HR involved. Sorrow, laughter, anger, joy, longing, and many more are feared when manifested outside the confines of a therapist’s office. Last time I criedContinue reading “Reticence: The Anglo-American Suppression of Emotion”

Should We Bring Period Fashion Back? Yes! And Other Things.

As an adult, I am saddened by the fact that preschoolers can dress like princesses and not be judged for it and even wear it to school but adults invariably wear normal clothing almost every day. I am not saying that people dress in Halloween-type costumes where they are a character but I am sayingContinue reading “Should We Bring Period Fashion Back? Yes! And Other Things.”