Republicans Do Still Buy Sneakers The Left - “And so, in an age of divisive politics, Nike had suddenly found a way to embrace and commodify protest; they would have a free marketing base like no other…” Al Binns and Chris Cawkwell 6/3/2020
Liberals Are Not Immune from the Pull of Authority The Right - “My two cents is that respect for authority is neither a particularly conservative nor liberal trait. Rather, conservatives and liberals hold reverence for different categories of authority and the actors that operate within those spheres.” Eddie Ferrara 6/2/2020
Amid Widespread Unrest, Conservatives Must Respond Correctly The Center - “When criticizing this violent upheaval, will [conservatives] go for the low-hanging fruit and come up with absurd, cheap explanations for what is going on? Or, will they engage in serious reflection to prevent this from happening again?” Gabriel Andrade 6/2/2020
Will Words Win the Day: Jargon and the Pandemic The Center - “So, how do doctors, scientists, and everyday people traverse the COVID-19 landscape, where each passing day seems to provide new information and new “theories” about our current predicament?” Cameron Joseph 5/26/2020
Joe Biden’s “You Ain’t Black” Comment Is Deeply Concerning The Center - “I can only hope that in this election African American voters cast their ballots on the basis of what each candidate proposes—and not on the basis of what they think their racial essence ought to be. That is what real liberation is all about.” Gabriel Andrade 5/22/2020
How Feasible Is Mexico’s Re-Opening Plan? The Left - “According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCDE), Mexico is the country within the organization that has the lowest levels of testing: at 0.4 tests per thousand inhabitants.” María José Vallejo 5/21/2020
To “The Last Dance’s” Critics, At Least Michael Jordan Isn’t a Hypocrite The Center - “Basketball fans endlessly discuss whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of all time. The jury may still be out on that one, but in my book, off-court James is definitely the lesser man.” Gabriel Andrade 5/20/2020
Is the Recent Coup Attempt in Venezuela Just the Beginning? The Center - “So, it may seem as if the recent failed expedition against Maduro is a major blunder. However, I would like to think that this is only the beginning, and that those Rambo wannabes may have actually sparked a greater desire for liberation among Venezuelans.” Gabriel Andrade 5/13/2020
Understanding Belarus’ Upcoming Presidential Election The Left - “Belarusian independence would become, however, a package of unfulfilled promises.  Luz Paola García 5/9/2020
The Coronavirus Must Alter Our “Normal Way of Life” Going Forward The Left - “If the global social discourse continues to be one where we ignore what does not directly affect us, then when the next global emergency occurs, governments will fail people again.” Sandra Wong 5/8/2020
Given Tara Reade’s Allegation, the Left Should Reconsider Support for Biden The Left - “It should be deeply disturbing for voters on the Left of the Democratic Party to vote for a candidate who, not only is likely to have sexually assaulted a woman—but who used a position of power to do it and get away with it for years.” Néstor de Buen 5/7/2020
America’s Pastime in the Age of Coronavirus The Left - “Embodying much of the American spirit, baseball once again finds itself on the frontline, being utilized for political gains, with any rebuke of the MLB’s return likely to be chalked up as un-American or—worse still—shouted down as a commie act.” Al Binns 5/7/2020
Applying Coronavirus-style Problem Solving to Climate Change The Right - “It’s by some cruel twist of fate that both the virus and climate change appear to be treatable by the deceleration of society.” Tom Hyde 5/6/2020
Why China Is Unlikely to Dominate the Globe The Center - “While the United States offers a conception of universal human rights and democracy—and while the Soviet Union offered the idea of achieving global communism—China lacks a universalist narrative or imperial mission.” Tomislav Kardum 5/2/2020
Higher Education Was Already in Trouble Before the Coronavirus The Right - “The pandemic, while it has undeniably worsened the outlook for many institutions, has only exacerbated and brought into sharper relief some of the extant forces threatening to pop the higher education bubble.” Eddie Ferrara 5/1/2020
Herodotus and Long-Standing Problems in Anthropology The Center - “Regrettably, in more recent times, anthropology (and the humanities in general) has placed excessive, imbalanced value on emic.” Gabriel Andrade 4/27/2020
Older posts