Imagine a company out of the dystopian fiction of William Gibson (Neuromancer) or the films of the Matrix series. Think of a company that manages to disrupt and eventually capture the traditional retail businesses built around selling books, appliances, electronic devices, cosmetics, pet food, clothing, and groceries. …

Today’s Washington Post (7/27/19; link) makes explicit what has been evident for a very long time: Donald Trump is deliberately and perniciously using racist attacks on various individuals (including especially members of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Elijah Cummings, etc.) as a deliberate political strategy to…

The president of the United States has demonstrated many of the qualities of a third world tyrant — impulsiveness, personal vendettas, and a willingness to use the power of his office against his enemies. His unhinged attacks on Andrew McCabe, apparently leading to McCabe’s dismissal, and Trump’s current attacks on…

How many hundreds of millions of Americans will be harmed because of Donald Trump’s reckless, petulant, and unreasoned abrogation of the United States’ commitment to the Paris climate accord today? How many billions of human beings are harmed worldwide? The answers are perfectly clear if you have the slightest regard…

An assault against democracy

Donald Trump declares that the press is not just his personal enemy – it is the enemy of the American people. And his chief of staff chimes in – take the President seriously when he says this.

Priebus is right. We must take these words seriously, because this statement and…

What is needed for a community of diverse people and groups to maintain its resilience in the face of hateful attacks?

This question is particularly important for universities, which commonly seek to create a climate of welcome and respect for the various groups of students who make them up, and…

Daniel Little

Philosophy of social science; social and racial justice in the United States; China; higher education. Blogs at www.understandingsociety.blogspot.com

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