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Scapegoating

The Poisoning of the American Presidential Debates

Bernard Rowan | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Bernard Rowan

I don't know about anyone else, but I suspect many a viewing audience member, to say nothing of the studio audience, felt appalled by the display of ad hominem attacks in Sunday's presidential debate. There was some discussion of policy issues, but the ninety minutes felt like watching a domestic argument, a dysfunctional argument, and to say the least not a presidential debate.

What Khizr Khan Teaches Us About America

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

Humayun Khan was an American hero, but his story is not an exception to a rule. His family's story is far more representative of Muslim American aspirations than the phantasmagorical stereotypes so often used to portray Muslims.

The Ongoing Battle Over Transgender Bathroom Access: The 'Problem' in Lieu of the Problem

Anastasia Walker | Posted 05.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Anastasia Walker

Two bookending clashes between the Obama administration and conservatives over bathroom and facilities access made the week just ended a momentous one for transgender Americans.

North Carolina and the Specter of the Predatory 'Other'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh - erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to t...

Current Politics and the "McCrory"

Harold Lloyd | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

North Carolina's governor Pat McCrory has repeatedly used a form of political dishonesty that lacks a well-recognized label. Lacking such a label, this tactic often goes unnoticed and unaddressed. To remedy this, I suggest a precise and well-earned label: a "McCrory."

The Importance and Value of Memory in Advancing Human Rights

Noam Schimmel | Posted 04.07.2016 | Home
Noam Schimmel

The problem is not memory, it is its hijacking by those who use it in a tendentious way that seeks to sustain hatred and conflict rather than foster cooperation and coexistence and by those who lack compassion and empathy.

Diagnostic & Statistical Manual as Political Guidebook

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am deeply concerned about our country's ability to attract new and fresh talent, whom I believe may be the only ones who can rescue our nation from the political cynicism and malaise, and heal the political scars and deep divisions. Possibly the current crisis has had the effect of motivating some to do exactly that.

Recovering From Militarism

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The American military is an unceasing hemorrhage of cash and aggression, committed -- perhaps only at the unconscious level -- to nothing more than its own perpetuation, which is to say, endless war.

Immigrant Small Businesses Victims to Double Standards

Ron Kim | Posted 02.24.2017 | New York
Ron Kim

Almost 1,000 small business owners and workers, mostly of Chinese and Korean descent, are traveling to Albany for the first time on February 29, 2016....

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

Claiming Power, Creating the Future

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.26.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Terrorism has grown exponentially, all thanks to our efforts, while the military-industrial politicians of America still call for more of the same, more bombs, more drone strikes, more killing of insurgents -- some force has to emerge that can seriously challenge the war consensus.

Mr. Trump, Placing Blame Is Not A Proper Response To Crisis

Virginia Buckingham | Posted 10.27.2016 | New York
Virginia Buckingham

As one of the first people to be blamed for 9/11 by a politician, I have some thoughts on the implications of Donald Trump playing the same blame game to fuel his presidential ambitions. Blaming Bush for the attacks may play well in the media and appeal to some in the public, but it's not leadership.

Anti-Jewish Oppression and Theme of Powerful Manipulators

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.26.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Today we still live in a society that attempts to define and perpetuate lies about the real lives of Jewish people and of all minoritized peoples, and even proclaims that we do not have a right to exist. But exist we do, everywhere, in all walks of life.

What's So Bad About Wheat

Celia Kaye | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Celia Kaye

As I assessed my friend's claim, I noticed three things about the way our society functions that I suspected might contribute to the perplexing way my friend thinks about wheat.

The Right's Urge to Kick Down: Doing Unto Others as Has Been Done Unto You

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It is not at all surprising that it is in those parts of America that conceive of moral requirements in the most harsh and absolutist terms that we find the strongest impulse to deal with those below them not with compassion but with punitive demands.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 ...