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Old News Clings To Sandpoint (a reply to Kirk Johnson's article for the New York Times)

One day before independence day the New York Times posted an interesting article about Sandpoint. This paper has long been the United States’ most prominent source for news. 432 more words

Learning About The U.S.A.

All of the Bums and Other Para-Persons

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained… 1,542 more words

American Society

Henry A. Giroux: Orwell, Huxley and the Scourge of the Surveillance State

We must also be attentive to the ways in which being spied on has become not only normalized, but even enticing. …

Edward Snowden and other critics are correct about the dangers of the state’s infringement of privacy rights, but their analysis should be taken further by linking the issue of citizen surveillance with the rise of “networked societies,” global flows of power and the emergence of a totalitarian ethos that defies even state-based control. 

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Militarism

Shocked By How Many Poor Are Not Considered Poor

Something close to my heart ~ particularly as I have lived it ~ is the plight of the poor. Imagine how shocked I was to learn what the actual “poverty levels” are in the United States! 250 more words

Social/Cultural

Inequality 6.

Does economic inequality matter? Citing Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Neil Irwin argues that there is a “deepening consensus…that rising inequality of income and wealth is an important trend over the last two or three decades.” 550 more words

American Society

Welcome to a Very American Coup: A Debate on the Causes and Larger Meaning of the Iraq War

b. traven, W.J. Astore, and Stuart Lyle

We at The Contrary Perspective believe in freewheeling debate.  We recently had such a debate, largely behind the scenes, on the causes and larger meaning of America’s invasion of Iraq in 2003.  1,911 more words

US Politics

Celebrating One Year In The USA

Last Saturday I celebrated my one-year anniversary of arriving in the USA. It made me reflect on what my life looked like one solar cycle back, what has changed and what hasn’t. 894 more words