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Discourse and Democracy: the Exercise of Social Power Exploitation

Democracy is eroding across the globe – at least being transformed in such a way that we have to rethink what it means and how it works. How would one measure democratic backsliding in a country? Many believe the best … Continue reading

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Globalization and Individualism: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discovered the natural laws of motion, which provided the final piece to the puzzle, establishing the Copernican theory of the Earth revolving around the sun, introducing the spirit of individualism and the idea the study of human … Continue reading

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A Social Constructivist Approach to Change

With the increasing socioeconomic inequality, we recognize the need for change. An interpretative framework for analysis is social constructivist thought – knowledge is not passively accumulated, but rather, is the result of active learning by the individual. In attempting to … Continue reading

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On the Ethics of Poverty Reduction

Poverty doesn’t have one cause or one basic response. Poverty isn’t just about the lack of income or basic necessities – it involves social isolation, an erosion of the sense of dignity and spiritual vitality. Poverty doesn’t just involve life … Continue reading

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How the Political Right Harnesses Victimhood

Privilege is the sin that must be checked so that the marginalized can continue their long march to freedom. In an empathetic society, victimhood and powerlessness becomes its own kind of power. A large part of understanding these processes lies … Continue reading

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The Unintended Consequences of Schism

For centuries conspiracy theorists have used religious terms and symbolism to transform fear into political activism. And from the earliest days of Christianity, when followers discerned divine significance in the smallest details of scripture and current events, conspiracy helped Christians … Continue reading

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How Populists Hijacked the Inequity Agenda

Inequities were accentuated by the financial debacle of 2008; neoliberalism is still in crisis. The right does not believe in neoliberal economics, however, they still use core tenets of it to run government and society. Populist economic policy claims to … Continue reading

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The End of History: Creating the Good Society

Both Hegel and Marx believed that the evolution of human societies was not open-ended, but would end when mankind had achieved a form of society that satisfied its deepest and most fundamental longings. Both thinkers thus posited an “end of … Continue reading

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Economic Failure Legitimizes Alternatives to the Status Quo

The Great Recession was a global economic failure that devastated world financial markets as well as the banking and real estate industries. This economic failure led to increases in home mortgage foreclosures and caused millions of people to lose their … Continue reading

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Do Not Fear to Promote New Values for Society

Fear is what you feel when you face something that is unknown or a perceived threat to you. But fear goes beyond that. Fear is also related to the need to understand, in that if you don’t understand why something … Continue reading

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