There is a lot of noise about impeachment in the news and the among the commentariat and pundit class, and suddenly everyone in the US is scrambling to recall what they learned in 7th grade civics class about the branches of government. I have mostly followed this, though I have found it far too easy … Continue reading Why impeachment now?
I have not written much here lately. The end of the fall semester and beginning of the winter semester have, in short, been kicking my ass. This is fine, I think; I have been busy but productive and, unlike those people I know who work in the US federal government, I have still been getting … Continue reading Don’t worry about the government
Last December I wrote a long, convoluted piece about the university classroom as a space of respect, responsibility, and, possibly, late capitalist hegemony. I want to briefly revisit some of this as I come once again to the close of the fall semester and with another iteration of my first-year introductory human geography course, 45-120 … Continue reading The classroom, redux
On October 8, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report detailing the urgent need to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit anthropogenic global warming to 1.5ºC, with immediate and dramatic action necessary by 2030. You would never know this from the report's official title, which straddles the line between the nomenclature … Continue reading Ecological dystopia
Over the past few days, the Senate confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court has dominated news coverage in the US, and made its way to international news outlets and discussion. A lot of digital ink has been spilled in discussing the process, the nominee, the multiple allegations of sexual assault … Continue reading Elite spaces and bodies
It should have come as no surprise that when Senator John McCain died on August 25, media coverage would be replete with paeans to his legacy, his statesmanship, his status as a war hero. Reading these, one would think that instead of the fiery and often unpredictable 'maverick' of the Senate, the man who repeatedly … Continue reading Trumpland 3