Introduction Before I get into any detail, I wish to state that I’ve been a registered Republican since I turned 18, about 10 years ago. On Election Day 2016, I cast my vote… for former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate who did not know or remember the significance of Aleppo. Governor Johnson […]Read more "Factional Discontent & Electoral Confusion"
In the wake of Election Day I, like many or even most Americans, have struggled to make sense of the country, of others, of myself. I have struggled to understand what has happened and why, and what may or may not happen in the future. Perhaps what I have struggled with most is the absolutely […]Read more "Election Day, 2016: A Clinical Social Work Perspective"
This is long, but worth reading to the bottom if you need some hope right now. When I saw Pennsylvania go to Trump last night, that’s when I knew it was over and I actually spontaneously vomited from the anxiety of all of this. It caught me off guard and grossed me out, but it […]Read more "And Yet We Rise"
Our readings this week disrupted the chronological approach to great books that we have used so far. Last week, we read Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904–05). This week, we read Immanuel Wallerstein’s World-Systems Analysis (2004) and Kenneth Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence (2000). These two books reflect a century’s worth of […]Read more "The History of History 11: The Great Divergence"
This week, we began class by returning to Albert Soboul’s essay “Classes and Class Struggles During the French Revolution.” Using Marx’s framework of historical transitions, Soboul writes about the French transition from feudalism to capitalism. At the start of the revolution (1789–92), guilds were banned and land was divided up, allowing for smaller landowners. In […]Read more "The History of History 10: More Words about Weber and Protestants"
Note: My professor reminded me that Max Weber’s writing, while reminiscent of modernization theory, was published before that theory was a thing. Still, here’s my raw take on reading “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”: Before I read the Penguin Classics edition of Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism […]Read more "The History of History 9: Max Weber and the Protestants!"
My papers for the first three weeks of this course fell into a clear pattern. The first weekly entry probed the readings, while the second weekly entry tied them to public history or current affairs. Last week, in the wake of Herder and Hegel, I really had nothing else to add regarding their ideas, so […]Read more "The History of History 8: Marx & Engels, A Closer Look"