Without belief-systems, societies are bland; without theory, they are shallow. Ideology is what frames human civilization, but disagreement is what enriches it.
The United States was not the first country to fight for independence, and it certainly will not be the last. It did not provide the world with the great gift of democracy; we have the ancient Greeks to thank for that. And due to centuries of imperialism, it is not the first global superpower. So what is it about America that makes so many people regard it as exceptional?
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges conducts studies on federal funding committed to research for different branches of science. The data shows that not only do the psychological and social sciences receive the least amount of funding, but also that the overall amount has dropped in the past decade.
The guerilla tactics of the Afghan Mujahideen in the 70s are simply no match for the complex online financing and international recruitment operations used by ISIS today. While new groups are constantly improving their combat and outreach strategies, older groups that haven’t adapted as readily are quick to fade into obscurity. The result is a world where terrorist groups are stronger, more sophisticated, and more threatening than ever before.
The American people’s continued adherence to mendacious structures and policies that promote the suffering of citizens is duplicitous to the very rights this country esteems ...It is grossly hypocritical for a society that stands by the words “Give me liberty or give me death” to deny an individual's liberty to choose death.
When quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the treatment of African-Americans and other minority groups in the US by kneeling for the National Anthem, he was met with condemnation. Such reactions force us to reconsider which political displays are “acceptable” in sports and which are not. They also lead us to contemplate whether politics ought to have a presence in the field, in the stands, or in the locker room.
Public perception of Indigenous people is regulated to aid the American cultural narrative. The result is a strategically fashioned idea of the United States as existing in an untainted present state. This produces a notion of endless growth and opportunity, leaving behind stories of past genocide that nonetheless continue to burden Indigenous groups.
The Hollywood Industrial Complex produces deceptive cultural products that glorify war and lure the American public into supporting their government’s imperialist agenda. Films funded by the DOD not only anesthetize violence, but create a narrative that justifies it through plot lines, characters, and scenes that alienate American “enemies” and offer single-sided reasoning for military presence abroad
Recent revelations of pervasive surveillance, sharp rises in cyberattacks, and non-disclosure of vulnerabilities in consumer products render former policy insufficient. They also compel us to question what steps to take towards a better internet – one that is secure, sensitive to privacy, and accessible to all.
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The Iranian Revolution of 1979 defies reductive categorization. Third Worldist, Islamic Marxist and radical Shi’i ideologies converged and proliferated throughout Iranian society during the movement to end the autocracy of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. These factions developed and disseminated radical political ideas reflecting socio-economic and cultural grievances that emphasized themes of anti-Americanism in visual media.
My Facebook newsfeed was ablaze as I scrolled through countless posts ending in #Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, and #HandsUpDontShoot. Moments earlier, a Missouri court had ruled not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man. Friends of mine had swiftly taken to the internet to voice their outrage, disgust, and demands for action. Within minutes of the decision, millions of similar posts had already surged across the Internet -- but the public outcry didn’t stop there.