The Greediest Generation

Stuart Lyle.  Introduction by William Astore. Ah, the Smart Phone generation.  I see my students gazing into them, texting with them, flipping through photos, watching videos, taking photos, you name it.  Smart phones promise to link us together, but they paradoxically encourage selfish and anti-social behavior as well.  People are more atomistic and narcissistic as…

Everywhere is War

Andy Piascik Summer approaches and the stench of war is all around. Or, as the great Bob Marley put it, Everywhere is War. Start with the commemorations over a five-week span of Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, all presented varyingly as celebrations of our war dead, symbols of our greatness, the freedoms we…

When Principle and Politics Collide: Obama’s New Coal Emissions Standards

By Don Rose I wonder how much thought the White House gave to the political implications of releasing the Environmental Protections Agency’s new coal emissions standards at this time—five months before the mid-term elections? I’m not concerned about the usual rhetorical attacks from climate-change deniers or even lambasting from the coal industry and its economic…

Reification and Patriotism, Part II

Richard Sahn Recently, I came across a post on Facebook that reminded me of the Cold War era in the 1960s. The caption read: “Biggest question I ask people who say bad things about this country. Why are you still living here?” I dare say there are millions of Americans who share this FB “friend’s”…