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Disney's Class Warfare

Walt Disney World, and Disneyland, respectively, has long been heralded as the pilgrimage site of American culture, our own capitalist mecca, where dreams really do come true. 2,997 more words

Created Reality

The Three Muscats: Immigrant Poverty and Animal Welfare in Oman

I’m in Muscat, Oman, for a month. I’ve been here for a week and a half and it’s been an interesting experience.

My impression thus far is that there are two Muscats. 996 more words


What class are you?

Social class (or, simply, class), as in class society, is a set of concepts in the social sciences and political theory centred on models of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories, the most common being the upper, middle, and lower classes. 505 more words


Sociology of Gender Differences

As I stated in the previous blog post about sociologist’s study of gender, we – along with other social, behavioral, and biological sciences – attempt to explain the behavior and biology of men and women by distinguishing between the biological differences, social constraints (structure), and cultural practices that lead to the stark differences in their psychology, appearance, and performance. 360 more words

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What Was the Purpose of Native Son?

Native Son, a book by Richard Wright, tells a harrowing tale of a black man in 1930s Chicago. Though the story may focus on one specific individual, the existentialist concepts in the novel reflect the idea that some of the crimes committed by Bigger Thomas, the main character, were a result not of purely intrinsic motives, but also were caused by the constant societal forces he had faced from the moment he entered the world of Chicago. 484 more words


Emancipatory Education & Freire: Dr. Byron Crape

Guest lecture by Byron Crape, PhD, from the College of Public Policy. Discussion on Freire and education in war zones and within and beyond academia. 26 more words

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War Versus Direct Democracy

When We The People decide to go to war, it can be an excellent thing; to wit, many a revolution, including those which gave rise to the USA, the French Republic, the Republic of China (OK, OK… There were two…). 1,169 more words


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United States are a feudal society. There is little social mobility. Rich families can afford to send their kids to private schools, while everybody else has to rely on underfunded, low-quality public schools. This means that even people who may have the ability to do something, to climb social ladder, do not get to do so because they do not get the education. Starting conditions are inequal, and rich get all the advantages. This leads to social stratification and setup not dissimilar to social classes of feudalism - peasant could and can become a noble, but it happens extremely rarely. And because of this stratification, it is impossible for democracy to develop and function. Bush and Clinton dynasties are just some of the dynastic families that have huge influence in US economy and politics - Samuel Prescott Bush established the family fortune in 1908, and the family became politically prominent in 1918. His son, Prescott Sheldon Bush, was a friend of Nelson Rockefeller and financed Adolph Hitler. The Mellon family an Irish immigrant family from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are known for the Bank of New York Mellon, Chevron, Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), and New York Shipbuilding, among a number of other companies. The Murdoch family are media moguls, starting from early 1900s. The Rockefellers are a banking and industry superpower from 1870, when John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil. The Koch family are another oil-based dynasty, but with a shorter history, starting in early-to-mid 20th century. The Sulzberger family controls The New York Times at least since mid-1900s. The Kennedy family has been in US politics since late 1900s. These are just the most prominent examples, but such social immobility is normal for the US society as a whole, because rich get all the advantages in the start. It is these families that started the Iraqi War, which in turn indirectly caused the ongoing islamic invasion of Europe. Why? Because they - all of them - own businesses (oil and weapons) which directly profited from the war. Thus conspiracies are born, since the very rich elite comprised of very few people has both the ability and the opportunity to conspire behind the backs of the publica, and Res Publici thus becomes Res Secreti.