Contributing Scholars

Uninformed Public is Danger to Democracy

The economy continues to struggle, the educational system underperforms and tensions exist at just about every point on the international landscape. And there is...

Freedom of Association and Right-to-Work Laws

This post originally appeared on October 20, 2015. In March 2015, Wisconsin became the 25th state to adopt “right-to-work” laws. Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico,...

Women’s Resilience and Post-Feminist Sexism

This post originally appeared November 10, 2015. In 1977, punk pioneer Poly Styrene used loud, screamed, overdriven vocals to revolt against the stereotype that “little...

The Nonsense of Beating Sense into Kids: Corporal Punishment in Public...

This piece originally appeared on September 9, 2015. The start of another academic year is cause to reflect on the aims of education and the...

Freedom and the 2016 Electoral Season

‘Tis the season for politics, once again, in the United States of America. And while some surprising new topics, like the size of candidates’...

So I am a racist. What do I do now?

This post originally appeared on October 27, 2015. Like most human beings, I grew up imbibing racist stereotypes. Since I am Italian, those stereotypes were...

Too Much TV and Nothing to Watch

This post originally appeared in The Indy Star on February 26, 2016. The critically acclaimed television drama of the early 1960s, “Naked City,” concluded each...

Chicago Protests and Social Movement Arrogance

"And these children that you spit on, as they try to change their world" The observation goes back at least to Bertrand Russell of an inverse...

Pleasure (and Happiness and Good Lives)

Philosophers known as hedonists, and probably some slightly more normal people as well, have held that pleasure is the only thing we desire in...

Can Someone’s Dignity Be Taken Away?

This post originally appeared November 3, 2015 “Dignity” was invoked no fewer than 10 times by the supporters of gay marriage during the proceedings of...