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al jazeera talks social movements

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I was lucky to be invited. Feature: writer/activist LA Kaufman and political sociologist Paolo Gerbaudo.  Check it out if you like social movement research.

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October 17, 2019 at 3:49 pm

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open borders conference update!

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The Open Borders conference is coming up this Saturday! It will be all day on October 19th at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. Here is the program and you can register here. If you can’t make, you can help out with a donation to the Free Migration Project.

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And you what is even cooler? Zach Weinersmith is offering a SIGNED copy of his new graphic novel on open borders on eBay. Bid today!

Keep checking the blog and social media for updates. We’ll tell you about the speakers and live streaming. I hope to see you this weekend.

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October 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm

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social movements on al jazeera

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Barring technical difficulties, I will be on “The Stream” in order to discuss protest. It will air on Tuesday, October 15 at 3:30pm EST. Check it out!

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October 15, 2019 at 12:51 am

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more tali rubinstein, ima(anat cohen)

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October 13, 2019 at 12:48 am

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creationism and dinosaurs

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This past weekend, I decided to visit the Creation Museum in Boone County, Kentucky. I had heard about it for years and a grad student at IU even decided to write a whole book on it (due in 2020 from NYU press). So I took a few hours and checked it out.

Even though I think the science presented in the museum is deeply in error, I did enjoy my visit. The botanical garden is nice, facilities are very pleasant and the staff was nice. The museum is a nice two story building. It is mainly oriented toward the Old Testament but with a lot of explanations of how biological observations need to be conformed with scripture. It also has an unexpected racial egalitarianism. For example, at multiple times, I was reminded that God made one type of man, not many, and for that reason racism was evil.

Perhaps the most interesting thing was the heavy emphasis on dinosaurs. Part of this is likely commercial. Dinosaurs sell, a lot. But it is also epistemology. If there is one glaring piece of popular culture that directly undermine creationism, it is the popular belief in giant reptiles that lived millions of years ago. So they need to face it head on.

How? First, they attack evolution, which they define as the theory that all living creatures on earth evolved from single cell organisms via natural selection. See the left hand image above. Then, they argue that there is natural selection but employ an “orchard model.” See the right hand image above. In that model, biological variation occurs because the Lord made differ types of animals initially. Most variation we see comes from post-Flood speciation.

The second big step is a complete reinterpretation of the fossil record through an admittedly clever theory. According to catastrophic plate tectonic theory, the earth pre-Flood was essentially a single continent. It broke, and thus were created ruptures and valleys. Ecosystems near the edge fell first. Then, other ecosystems piled on. That is why it only looks as if the fossil record is really old, when it is not. But what about dinosaurs? The exhibit states that Noah took dinosaurs because scripture says he took pairs of all creatures. So where are they today? A video offers a simple explanation – they were preyed upon by other animals and humans.

I could further delve into where I think the science is off (e.g., at multiple points, exhibits claim that mutation reduces genetic variation) but I’d rather focus on how the organizational form of the educational museum, religious institution, heterodox science, and outreach program all come together. And this is especially clear in the treatment of dinosaurs. This is where pop culture meets new social movements and, frankly, it is fascinating.

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October 8, 2019 at 6:36 pm

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three republican parties: which will emerge post-Trump?

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I think it is unlikely that Trump will be convicted in an impeachment trial. Until the GOP base signals to Republican senators that they’ve moved on, the GOP will not provide the 66 votes. But sooner or later, Trump will be gone. Maybe he’ll lose the general election, maybe he’ll fall to a criminal investigation. Maybe health will claim him or he’ll just serve until 2014. But it will happen.

Which party will emerge? It’s an interesting question because the establishment wing of the party never bought into Trump. They’re cowed by primary challenges, not true loyalty to his cause. So who will emerge post-Trump? I see three options.

  1. The New Establishment: I’ve argued before that the GOP in the 20th was dominated by Nixonite politics – hawkish foreign policy, anti-communism, co-opting social conservatives, and the network of people around Nixon. Jeb Bush, whose dad worked for Nixon, was the last of this breed. Even though the Nixon network is now in the dustbin of history, a new “2.0” version could pop up. It would essentially absorb what’s left of the neo-conservative movement of the 2000s, bundle in what people call “national security” conservatives, folks who like military spending, and peddle tax cuts and soft market liberalism.
  2. Trumpist nationalism: In contrast, you have a version of the GOP that is openly anti-immigrant, willing to engage in trade wars, and is isolationist in a really bad way. Think of a “grown up” version of birthers and Tea Party people. Without a destabilizing figure like Trump, bellicose nationalism could emerge as a permanent and dominant stream of the GOP. Already, a large constituency in the GOP, evangelicals, have moved in this direction.
  3. Libertarian republicanism: For a brief moment in 2008, you saw the candidacy of Ron Paul pop up and grab the spotlight. In this version of the GOP, you see pro-life arguments married to socially liberal programs, like drug legalization and migration reform, and economically liberal programs, like lower tax rates. Occasionally, you see GOP politicians push this, like Justin Amash. But as far as I can tell, there are few buyers.

Libertarian republicanism is pretty much a niche idea and will most certainly be of modest impact. The real conflict will be between New Establishment types and Trumpist nationalist. I think a lot will depend on Mike Pence. If he does become president, then he will have a very rare chance to bring a lot of incredibly socially conservative people into positions of influence and this create a new cohort of party leaders. If not, the New Establishment types may push for a restoration.

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October 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm

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learning the boss nova

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October 6, 2019 at 12:32 am

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