Critiques of Smug White Progressives? How DARE they!

Saturday, August 20, 2016




...lately I have seen my party take a turn that makes me uncomfortable. Somewhere along the way we stopped fighting for the little guy and became the party of the smug, educated elites who look down on those with less education and deem them unable or unworthy...

                        READ IT HERE


...I have never lived in a city as an adult that was run by Conservatives or Republicans, but I live in the biggest poor city in the country, Philadelphia. A city, for decades, run by liberal insiders.

The truth is that Liberalism is about making elites feel better about themselves and their lives without requiring the underlying action of significantly improving the lives of African-Americans.





One question that never came up was “Why do some people still want to fly the confederate flag?” Generally, if you’re trying to convince a person or group of people to change their behavior, it’s a pretty solid plan to understand why they’re acting the way that is upsetting you. However, actually convincing anyone to change their behavior was clearly not a high priority of ours

people basically act like allies to get social status (aka cookies) but aren’t willing to do helpful behaviors that they won’t get any recognition for... At the heart of it, real change isn’t really the point of these types of actions. Social acceptance is.



https://medium.com/@emmalindsay/how-white-liberal-culture-perpetuates-racism-3f60a7b75703#.cyrnof1qn

Animation of Atlantic Slave Trade

Friday, August 12, 2016

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/06/animated_interactive_of_the_history_of_the_atlantic_slave_trade.html

Simulation & Game Index (from Active Learning in PoliSci)

Saturday, July 30, 2016



Simulation and Game Index

taken from

Active Learning in Political Science ©

A relatively up-to-date index of posts about simulations and games as well as class exercises and activities; some items appear in more than one category:
Theory 
General
Economics
American Government
Comparative / International / Global
Game Design, Typology, and Mechanics
Methods
Online Games

Why Digital Reading Is No Substitute for Print

Saturday, July 23, 2016

while short-and-to-the-point may be a good fit for digital consumption, it’s not the sort of reading likely to nurture the critical thinking we still talk about as a hallmark of university education.

https://newrepublic.com/article/135326/digital-reading-no-substitute-print

I teach them all the good I can, and recommend them to others from whom I think they will get some moral benefit. And the treasures that the wise men of old have left us in their writings I open and explore with my friends. If we come on any good thing, we extract it, and we set much store on being useful to one another. - Socrates, Memorabilia
 
 
 
What we maintain is that in none of the problems of life can men afford to lose sight of the storehouse bequeathed to them by the ancients. In the complexus of everything which differentiates man from the brute creation, the voice of antiquity must be heard...

-H. Browne, quoted in "Classics and Citizenship" The Classical Quarterly, 1920