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Fun with Political Theory: Fascism

If I hear one more person call someone a fascist, I am going to scream. I am going to scream because fascism means something very specific. It doesn’t mean I don’t like your politics. It especially doesn’t mean you dislike universal healthcare or libertarian policies. When the word fascism is applied willy-nilly, it leaves aside […]

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Fun With Political Theory: Socialism

Socialism. It’s a word that gets many a Tea Partier’s panties in a twist, but what does it really mean? Let’s untangle the complexities of this bull of a word.

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Fun with Political Theory: Conservatism

The word conservative gets bandied about a lot in U.S. politics, but as I mentioned last week, there are few individuals in this country whose conservatism is not partly influenced by liberalism, which is decidedly not a conservative ideology. It’s worthwhile to understand where this word comes from and how it is used politically.

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Your Political Theory Starter Kit

Maybe your before-bed reading has dried up and that copy of Plato’s Republic that you’ve been using as a coaster is looking tempting, or maybe you’re curious but intimidated. Whatever your motivation, political theory can be accessible, and dare I say it, fun.

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Three Cheers for Intersectionality From a Feminist Vegan Lesbian

After spending most of my activist energy promoting animal rights issues as a teen and into my early twenties, I was ready for some new perspectives.  I looked to expand my knowledge of broader political theory including Marxist, feminist and queer theories.  As a feminist schooled this generation, intersectionality now plays a big part in […]