If you’re not from America, the Confederate memorial controversy must seem really confusing. The Confederacy was the losing side of our Civil War. They were the traitors. The bad guys. They were the ones defending slavery. They’re pretty indefensible. And yet we’ve got monuments to them all over the US and military bases named after them and parks dedicated to them – there’s this heroic narrative about the traitors who lost the Civil War that you just don’t have in other countries. [Read More]
If you are one of our international listeners (we’re pretty clearly based in the U.S.) you may have looked at what’s been going on in America for the last few weeks and wondered “What the actual hell?” We cannot seem to get our crap together. We completely screwed up our response to the coronavirus leading to unparalleled death and contagion, our economy collapsed in the face of our delayed and poorly executed and planned response, and now we find ourselves in a state of civil unrest in response to years of racial tension and police brutality with our leadership calling the military on its own citizens and evidence of state violence against its own people pouring in from EVERYWHERE. This is not our finest hour. [Read More]
It is interesting to note that the two presidents in the modern era that have been most invested in the rhetoric of “law and order” have been the most lawless and corrupt Presidents. Nixon and Trump were both elected on “law & order” platforms, but both struggled with ethics and legal violations throughout their presidencies. This just emphasizes that “law and order” rhetoric has little to do with maintaining any kind of organization and is really coded rhetoric for oppressing marginalized communities. “Law and order” has long been recognized as “dog whistle” politics that is really a message to supporters that a candidate will engage in as many suppressive tactics and policies as possible. [Read More]
Today we’re going to have a little fun and talk about some things that are kind of wild – we’re going to talk about post-modernity, conservatism, and the President of the United States. It may not be immediately apparent how all those things go together, but I’m hoping to weave a little tale for you that helps make sense of these things. This is the most political episode so far, and it’s bound to ruffle some feathers. [Read More]
Today we’re tackling what I think is one of the most important topics facing us as a society today – education. Now, I’m probably biased because I work in education and I come from a family of educators.
But let’s think about what education does for us for a minute. [Read More]