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Month: August 2019

Questioning You Is Not The Same As Silencing You

Questioning You Is Not The Same As Silencing You

Perhaps you saw the recent Pew Research study that was released earlier this week. If you teach at a college or are interested in higher education in the United States, I hope you will take a look. The results are troubling. According to the data, the percentage of Republicans who see value in a college education fell from 53% in 2012 to just 23% in the most recent survey. Nearly 80% of Republicans believe higher education is headed in the…

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What You Need To Read, September 2019

What You Need To Read, September 2019

The latest installment of the quarterly bibliography. This is aspirational–I am way behind in my reading–but this is what strikes me as the most interesting stuff to come out over the course of the past few months. If I am missing something you think is important, or you would like me to include something of yours that I may have missed, feel free to drop me a line. Arnott, Sigrid and David L. Maki. “Forts on Burial Mounds: Interlocked Landscapes…

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Historical Amnesia Can Kill Your Kids

Historical Amnesia Can Kill Your Kids

Peter Beinart has a piece in the August issue of The Atlantic in which he views the return of measles, once declared eliminated in the United States, as a metaphor “offering insights into the country’s psychic and civic condition.” A small but not insignificant minority of parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. Why are they doing this? It is hard to say for sure, Beinart writes, but “one answer is that contemporary America suffers from a dangerous lack…

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This Is Not A Manifesto

This Is Not A Manifesto

There was a period several years back when I can remember feeling deeply unhappy. I was living in Houston’s soulless suburbs, on the margins of a city I did not yet know, having a relocated for a job that I was beginning to think was not quite right for me.  I went for a walk, and I saw above me a bird that I later learned was a swallow-tailed kite.  I had never seen a bird fly like that before….

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Liz Cheney and the Long History of Anti-Indian Racism

Liz Cheney and the Long History of Anti-Indian Racism

Wyoming gets one representative in Congress, and apparently Liz Cheney is the best the state’s hard Republican majority could find. The daughter of the man who lied the United States into its Forever War, and the woman who did more than anyone else to encourage assaults on the teaching of a truly diverse history in the name of rampant “political correctness,” Liz Cheney is a reactionary to the core and ranks with Louis Gohmert of Texas and Matt Gaetz of…

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