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”

Urban Planning in Space Colonies

In the next few years our species is going to build its first cities in space and one of my great fears is that when they do, the cities will grow organically based on the utilitarian needs of the first settlers. Building cities from scratch comes with the wonderful opportunity to create something beautiful andContinue reading “Urban Planning in Space Colonies”

Kanye’s Presidential Run: The Precedent for Crazy is Fully Set

As Taylor Swift is in the front picture of this website, it is incumbent upon me to comment on the presidential campaign of Kanye West. A part of me absolutely finds his presidential ambitions to be thoroughly pleasurable on the level of Fentanyl. For the same reason, in 2013, John Oliver begged Donald Trump toContinue reading “Kanye’s Presidential Run: The Precedent for Crazy is Fully Set”

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”

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”

Losing a Pity Contest: The Shamelessness of Glamorized Tragedy

            Whenever I talk about my past, I don’t feel sorry for myself and I try to not sell myself as a sob story. Which is a lot of the reason I try to use humor when talking about it. Alas, in a capitalistic society where pity can get many forms of capital, I haveContinue reading “Losing a Pity Contest: The Shamelessness of Glamorized Tragedy”

The Religious Left: Christian versus Buddhist Socialism

                Religion and politics are inseparable because religion is the underlying foundation behind everyone’s ethical philosophy and within the definition of religion I include secular religions like secular humanism which is often practiced through Unitarian or Quaker services. For this piece, I will focus on two religions as they are the two theistic religions withContinue reading “The Religious Left: Christian versus Buddhist Socialism”

Myths Versus Men: Options for Replacing Statues

            Recently, there has been controversy about statues remaining up. Not only confederate statues but also statues like Winston Churchill, Cecil Rhodes, and many others. These statues have had their strident defenders, as well. Yet, from my perspective the purpose of statues is aesthetic more than commemorative. Instead of focusing the bulk of our statuesContinue reading “Myths Versus Men: Options for Replacing Statues”

John Rawls & Early Childhood Development

Having spent a lot of time in Special Ed and currently working on disability issues and also having done lots of sociology and political science, I spent a lot of time thinking about how those fields intersect. One of the places they intersect is in the area of childhood neglect which has serious negative consequencesContinue reading “John Rawls & Early Childhood Development”