One Word Away from Nuclear War

The confrontation finally came down to two basic issues: (1) Would Kennedy pledge that the US would not invade Cuba? And (2) would he make a public announcement that the US would withdraw its Jupiter nuclear missiles from Turkey, on the border of Russia and aimed at its heartland? On both issues, Kennedy ultimately refused. … Continue reading One Word Away from Nuclear War

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New Babylon: The Export of Production

"The unoccupied zone of Mexico, just south of the artificial [U.S.] border, provides a clear example [of the growing integration of the entire Third World into the U.S. economy is increasing national dislocation and misery]. There, in 1982, some 128,000 Mexicano women labored in the maquilas, the factories set up by U.S. corporations to assemble … Continue reading New Babylon: The Export of Production

“They just don’t get it.”

“One of the ways in which these dualities affect people’s lives is through the (often unconscious) ideology, imagery, and associations that mediate our perceptions of and relations with each other. Let me provide a concrete, contemporary example here. The fall and winter of 1991-92 brought several dramatic and controversial rape and sexual-harassment cases to the … Continue reading “They just don’t get it.”

The Missing Feminist Revolution in Sociology: Functionalist Co-optation

"In the United States the sociological study of gender originated in functionalist family sociology and has been deeply shaped by the concepts developed by Talcott Parsons. [...] Early on, contemporary feminists recognized the influence and limitations of functionalism as a framework for understanding gender. Several of the founding works of the contemporary women's movement criticized Parsons … Continue reading The Missing Feminist Revolution in Sociology: Functionalist Co-optation

How the Vietnam War Created America’s Modern “White Power” Movement

Sean Illing: The core claim of this book is that the modern “white power” movement really began as a response to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. What happened? Kathleen Belew: It helps to explain how I came to this project. I was researching truth and reconciliation commissions and came upon one in the aftermath … Continue reading How the Vietnam War Created America’s Modern “White Power” Movement

The American Revolution and the revelation of an embarrassing truth

"The self-styled champions of liberty branded taxation imposed without their explicit consent as synonymous with despotism and slavery. But they had no scruples about exercising the most absolute and arbitrary power over their slaves. This was a paradox: ‘How is it’, Samuel Johnson asked, ‘that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty from the drivers … Continue reading The American Revolution and the revelation of an embarrassing truth

25 Common Dangerous Mistakes Caused by Failing to Use Current [Domestic Violence] Research

25 Common Dangerous Mistakes Caused by Failing to Use Current [Domestic Violence] Research: Asking abuse victims to just “get over it.” Minimizing the full harm caused by domestic violence and child abuse. Assuming the end of a relationship ends the risk from an abuser. Assuming abuse that is not recent has little impact on children. … Continue reading 25 Common Dangerous Mistakes Caused by Failing to Use Current [Domestic Violence] Research