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Michael Shank

Republican Reasoning: Why 2008 Was the Year for Occupying and Protesting Wall Street

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

I am surprised that they did not happen in 2008 at the height of the financial collapse. We've known the root of this discontent for years, if not decades. It has to do with America's growing poverty and income inequality rates.

Why 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests? America's High Rates of Poverty & Income Inequality

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Reduce income inequality and you reduce the rates of every kind of social malaise that are draining our federal, state and local budgets and services. Eradicate both and you have a certain moneymaker for America.

To Super Committee: Pentagon Corruption in the Millions, Time to Cut Defense Contracting

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With $3.7 trillion already spent by the US on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is painfully apparent that this money is not being spent wisely; in some cases, it is simply being stolen.

Republican Presidential Candidates' Anti-EPA Extremism & Rep Darrell Issa's Effort to Enable Car Emissions

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Since "climategate" first broke the news two years ago, American efforts to enact effective climate policy at the federal level have been significantly undermined by a confluence of events.

On 10th Anniversary of Afghan War, Time to Exit Militarized US Foreign Policy

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

October 7 marks the tenth anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan. After expending $4 trillion and thousands of lives, the US needs an exit from the depressing impasse of its militarized foreign policy.

Islamophobia Network Targets Top Performing American Schools

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

While I recognize that there are legitimate concerns regarding the use of public funds for these charter schools... it seems that at the heart of this is an undercurrent of phobia about Islamic teaching in America.

How the Arab Spring Sprung From a Nonviolent Source

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The propensity in the U.S. to conflate Islam with violence precludes the possibility of nonviolent Muslim protest motivated by an internal incentive, be it secular or religious. However, the concept of nonviolence is not foreign or new to Muslims.

On 9/21/11 (UN Day of Peace): How Peaceful Is the World?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

That the economics of peace have had such a hard time prevailing in policy conversations is, in part, because the dominant language, lobbies, and learning environments are all geared toward the mechanics of war.