Inequality and Unions

Ever wonder why income inequality in the U.S. is so extreme? This graphic examines the relationship between the share of income that goes to the top 10% and the portion of workers who belong to unions. Note how the rich take a larger portion of all income when unionization rates …

Renewing Democracy in Trumpland

Less than an hour before it began, I posted a last-minute announcement on Facebook to alert my local friends about a rally …

Hairstyles of the Rich and Not So Famous: Peeking into the World of the Wealthy

Few of us in the bottom 90 percent get to see, much less interact with, the 3 million members of the top …

Remembering the Losses of 9/11

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 when 2,977  Americans lost their lives.  As we pause …

Drinking the Kool-Aid

On a recent trip to the grocery store my daughter spotted a colorful Kool-Aid display, strategically placed at the eye level of …

The Secret to Happiness…and Good Grades

  Awhile back I was listening to the Ted Radio Hour.  The guest was a Harvard psychologist, Dan Gilbert, an expert on …

What is the Purpose of a College Education?

Here is a statement lifted from the Harvard University website which beautifully captures the larger goal of a college education — and …

Labor Dazed

On Labor Day I took my daughter to the parade.  It’s an event full of meaning but for her it was mainly …

This is How Power Works: A Primer and Illustration

To my students who are inspiring me, Summarizing power in 1000 words is nearly impossible; to apply this analysis in the same …

The half-million dollar question

Here is a link to a guest column I wrote for our campus newspaper.  It deals with, among other things, the way …

Let Them Eat Peppers!

I recently had a chance to visit an old friend who moved to Scotland several years ago.  He and his wife now …

Ten Things You Should Know About College

I’m currently writing a book that examines the disconnect between popular beliefs about what a four-year college education is all about and …

Guns Save Lives

I live in a part of the country where it’s common to see billboards and bumper stickers proclaiming that: “Guns Save Lives!”.  …

Paying the Price: How the High Cost of College Impacts Students and Families

Here’s an episode from the “No Jargon” podcast that discusses the difficulty many students are having paying for their college education and …

Why Do Men Catcall?

Here is a link to an episode of “This American Life” I heard recently that explores the phenomenon of guys catcalling women.  …

America’s Never-Ending War on Drugs

One of the most valuable sources of news and analysis I’ve found in recent years is a program called “On The Media”.  …

Philosopher Saw Trump Coming 20 Years Ago

We hear a lot these days that the study of philosophy has little of value to offer.  College students who choose it …

Is There a Bernie Bias?

Underdog political candidates often claim they are ignored by the mainstream media; and the Bernie Sanders’ campaign is no exception.  His supporters …

Why we don’t eat our young…

I’m reminded again why humans don’t eat their young: my 6 year old daughter makes her dad breakfast in bed…and it’s not …

My daughter’s elf, Jingles, seems to be questioning the meaning of life. I suppose that makes sense for a guy who spends … → December 9, 2015