Define Politically

Define Politically

While listing UC Berkley as the most politically active, and Columbia as second are obvious choices, other schools seem to have been selected for the famous politicians and power moguls they produced, and not because of a history of student activism. American University and George Washington University were listed as third and fifth, but they are known…

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Etymology of politics

Etymology of politics

What do “political” and “politics” mean to you? Can you identify yourself with one of these two common statements? “I don’t get involved in politics. What could I do, anyway? Politics are the job of politicians. That’s what we vote and pay them for.” Even people who’ve never been “interested in politics” their whole life have lately joined the discussion…

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Religious Liberalism

Religious Liberalism

Stereotyping is a two-way street: as religious persons are often stereotyped for their beliefs, so anti-religious individuals are often stereotyped as having simplistic views. Those who genuinely believe there is conflict between religion and science may be seen as close-minded, particularly in an environment like StFX which is sympathetic to its Catholic…

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American political spectrum

American political spectrum

This’s week’s lecture for my class on the history and geography of current global events focused on the crisis in Venezuela, the slides from which are available at the link posted below. I framed this situation in terms of Latin America’s “democratic revolution” of the late 20th century followed by its electoral turn to the left (the so-called pink…

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