I have respect for Republicans. They know how to play the game and they are consistently not afraid to get covered in mud in the process. They are unabashedly loyal, and they are thoroughly convinced of their beliefs. It's only all too evident in the recent special election in Georgia's sixth district.
This phenomenon of label obsession can happen within political groups on either side of the spectrum. This fanatical devotion to broad labels is a product of identity politics, which in it of itself isn't necessarily a bad thing. Forming politically cultural alliances can be a useful tool in empowering historically vulnerable groups of people. Strength in numbers is an age-old tactic; thus, people who look, act, or believe alike tend to stick together under one banner.
There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding when it comes to this phrase. I’m here, as a straight white man, to address the situation. I honestly think I am uniquely qualified to address this situation. So here it goes…
This is a textbook example of dog whistling. America has done this for centuries with the “war on crime” and the “war on crime:part 2” and the “war on drugs”. It’s the natural evolution of outright racism.
I am writing to you today about the environment. I hail from sunny Florida, a state that is one of the most at-risk areas when it comes to negative environmental factors. I beg you to calibrate your policy with the protection of the environment in all its forms at the forefront of your mind. I ask you what humanity truly has if the earth is turned into unlivable rubble?
Everything currently viewed as culture is only a product of the environment where certain clumps of humans reside. No matter where I live and no matter the daily influences in my life, there is something that essentially exists underneath all of that, which makes each and everyone of us human. It is colloquially known as human nature.
The allegations contained within are at this point unverified. This means that they haven't been proven true or false. Currently, they are just out there. If proven true, these allegations are incredibly damning of Trump and several members of his team. If proven false, these allegations are one of the biggest slights against a president-elect probably ever.
"We assess Moscow will apply lessons learned from its campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts in the United States and worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes. We assess the Russian intelligence services would have seen their election influence campaign as at least a qualified success because of their perceived ability to impact public discussion."
In an effort to criticize my liberal view of government, I recently had someone try to convince me that the government is like a family unit. The parents are the government and the kids are the people. Setting aside the fact that neither of the kids pay taxes to this "government", this person's logic went that, in order to level the playing field, the parents can only subsidize both kids an equal amount. Disregarding the fact that their situations are completely different and their needs are completely different, each kid would only receive the same amount of money per month.
It is often said by people of other religions that belief in rebirth -the law of Karma- tends to make people accept inequalities of fortune - perhaps accept them too readily. This is only partly true. A poor Tibetan peasant was less inclined to envy his rich Tibetan landlord, because he knew that each of them was reaping the seed he had sown in his previous life. But on the other hand, there is nothing whatever in the law of Karma to discourage a man from trying to improve his own life in the present life. And of course our religion encourages every attempt to improve the lot of others. All true charity has a double benefit - to the receiver in his present life and to the giver in his present life or in his life to come. In this light, Tibetans accepted our social system without any question.
This theory took form in the 1980s with R. Edward Freeman's book, Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach. Freeman argued that the economic theories that were prevalent in the 70s, (e.g. shareholder primacy), were outdated and in desperate need of restructuring. The general idea has come a long way since then, but aspects of the theory are still being debated today as it becomes more and more prevalent in literature and corporate governance.
One of the tragedies of this past election is the potential effect that Donald Trump will have on the environment during his presidency. The President-elect consistently made promises during his campaign to pull the U.S. out of The Paris Agreement and stop all US payments to UN programs aimed at fighting climate change. Now, it seems that reality is soon approaching.
I'm sure the irony of the protests at Standing Rock is not lost on many of us. Standing Rock Sioux are once again fighting for the protection of their lands against a hyper-militarized mercenary force that has sprouted up around the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site. This past Sunday resulted in one of the most traumatic conflicts in the history of this organized protest so far.