NPR Poll on #MeToo Is a Red Herring

by Anthony Signorelli Here is a story about an NPR poll supposedly reflecting opinions on #MeToo behaviors. The problem with this poll, as I see it, is twofold. First, it focuses on office behaviors, thereby missing the places where women are disadvantaged and suffer harassment the most—like fast food restaurants and cleaning jobs, for example.…

#MeToo and the Disruption of the Patriarchy

The #MeToo phenomenon is a cultural movement like no other. A few weeks ago, I sat in a circle with about seventeen men to talk about #MeToo. The responses were varied, but the overall tone was consistent. These men sensed the gravity of this moment. Voices were low. The energy introspective. There was little in…

The Trumpian Imagination

Although many people remain fixated on Trump’s bad policy, corruption, self-dealing, or isolationism—or even in his bury-your-head-in-the-sand approach to climate change—the real danger of this administration lies in how it has unleashed a new, powerful imagination of what it means to be American. The constant denials of reality uttered by Trump and his administration, their…

A Contemporary Encounter with Hannah Arendt

“Understanding and Politics” was an essay published in 1954 by Hannah Arendt, and it points to a key distinction that citizens today must consider. The rise of social media has made it easy, and even fashionable, to post knowledge of the latest outrage—refugee ban, environmental catastrophe, reorganization of the national security council. These things are…

Notes on Four Futures by Peter Frase, Note 3

Frase’s first solution is communism, which he says fits into the abundant and equality quadrant. However, it doesn’t take very long to expose the core problem of communism, and to demonstrate that this cannot work. Frase quotes Marx: “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.” (p.48). As social theories go,…