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Scapegoating

The Social Immune System

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Socially, we're stuck in a system of profit (private prisons, for instance) and waste (human lives). We're stuck in a society with a defective immune system, and reaping the consequences.

Scapegoats in Ukraine All Over Again

Jane Cutler Yepez | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Jane Cutler Yepez

Jews are certainly not the world's only scapegoats. It becomes a sickening reality that when political unrest occurs, the people who pay the highest price are the historical scapegoats of past conflicts.

What's Wrong With Us? Three Names, One Place, a Company and a Substance

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Instead of the unending beauty pageant, my colleagues could all rally around the fundamentals of healthful eating, which are in fact well-established. But I guess the allure of fame and fortune is just too great.

Hate the Sin, Blame the Victim

James Peron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It seems that all their "responsibility" and damnation goes in one direction. It simultaneously justifies their own hatred and actions, while assuring everyone that the victim got what they deserved.

Management Isn't a Quest for Scapegoats

Edward Muzio | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
Edward Muzio

If you believe the most skeptical people (and statistics), there's a sizable population of employees out there who don't have much idea what's going on, and who get by largely by looking hectically busy and useful to others too overwhelmed to notice the deception.

Conservative Commentators Further "Racialize" Immigration Debate

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To stereotype and scapegoat all followers of Islam is as invalid as blaming all Christians for the despicable actions perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber who was a devout Christian.

Toil, or Tirade? Hard Truths About Hype

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Tirades are, by their very nature, apt to gain a lot of attention and "go viral." They are dramatic. They are extreme, provocative, and full of intrigue. Hype sells. Unfortunately, much of the time -- it is wrong.

Thank You for the Music

Katharine Quarmby | Posted 04.16.2012 | Arts
Katharine Quarmby

I was sent two rather lovely, seasonal gifts of music this week -- one by Pete Lawrence, the British ambient music promoter and producer (among other ...

Stigmata and Violence as Social Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We must not and cannot dismiss these incidents as simply the actions of a few individuals, for oppression exists on multiple levels in multiple forms.

When One Guilty Verdict Distracts Us From the Embedded Nature of Bullying as a Social and Cultural Phenomenon

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.17.2012 | Home
Carol Smaldino

Just yesterday, a New Jersey jury found the spying by Dharun Ravi of Tyler Clementi a hate crime. Many feel this will be a message to youth about how ...

Review of Jay Feldman's 'Manufacturing Hysteria'

Michael Roth | Posted 11.13.2011 | Books
Michael Roth

Manufacturing Hysteria is a political book, aimed at reminding those dedicated to civil liberties (especially the right to dissent) how fragile our freedoms are and how "close to a police state" we have come over the last century.

One Right-Wing Strategy Creates a Thousand Local Battles

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

While the strategy of scapegoating teachers, immigrants, or government employees has become popular in many Republican statehouses, it is more ridiculous today than ever.

Wisconsin Shows Need to Move Beyond Scapegoats

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

While political leaders try to find scapegoats to deflect blame for our problems, the American people are ultimately smarter than that. They want and are responsive to compelling solutions to unemployment and economic insecurity.

Free Speech, Dangerous Speech, and Scootergate (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Unfortunately, commentators have occasionally confused their anger and condemnation of some of the more overheated rhetoric in our political culture with an argument against free speech itself.

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Not long ago, a passing familiarity with Bible verses, a flair for rhetoric, and hunger for a following could be enough to land someone in a small-tow...

A Public Response to Public Sector Woes

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Over the past thirty years, Republicans have led a relentless assault on government, arguing that we needed to "starve the beast." Now we're in exactly the position they wanted us to be in.

Vast Conspiracy of Leftist Parasites and Traitors

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Berlet

With a wink and a nod, right-wing apparatchiks are networking with the apocalyptic Christian right and resurgent armed militias to hobble the work of the Obama Administration.

GOP Risks Alienating Latinos By Scapegoating Immigrants in Health Care Debate

The Washington Independent | DAPHNE EVIATAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a leading immigration restrictionist group today opens a conference highlighting the costs of immigrants to the nation's health care system, critic...

Bigotry, Demonizing Rhetoric and Right-Wing Violence

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Berlet

Since the inauguration of Barack Obama there have been nine murders by men and women who have intersected with ideologies of White Supremacy, xenophobia, and antisemitism.

Did Right-Wing Pundits Help Pull the Trigger on Tiller?

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Berlet

Scott Philip Roeder, charged in the shooting death of Dr. George Tiller, was a regular consumer of conservative talk radio, television, and websites. ...

El Chanclaso: No Scapegoating Allowed

El Chanclaso | Posted 12.17.2011 | Latino Voices
El Chanclaso

For many Latinos, a chancla is more than summer footwear. The flip flops on our mothers' feet were also impromptu and easily accessed weapons. Back talk, ignoring orders or fighting with your siblings could, without warning, result in a chancla on the rear end or, if distance was a factor, flying at you.