A Progressive Foreign Policy?

Bernie Sanders recently gave a speech on U.S. foreign policy at Westminster College in Missouri (same college that Churchill gave his Iron Curtain speech).  In it Sanders outlined his views for what might be called a progressive foreign policy.  As such it was great on vision but short on details.  This is a problem for […]

Cruelty in Action

According to the New York Times the Trump Administration is planning on setting the cap on refugee admissions into the U.S. at 45,000 for next year.  This, as the article points out, would be the lowest amount of refugees admitted into the U.S. since the United States Refugee Act was passed in 1980 allowing the […]

The Great Shame of Texas and the United States

This week in my American Politics class we are covering Civil Liberties, which means we cover the 8th Amendment, and that means that we talk about the death penalty.  Every semester I update these charts with the fresh new executions that have been carried out, and I think about something I heard at an ISA […]

Gas Shortages as a Common Pool Resource Problem

San Antonio is currently out of gas.  At this point something like 75% of all gas stations in town are out of fuel.  Fears that Hurricane Harvey would disrupt the refinement and shipping of gasoline combined with the travel demands of labor day weekend led people to start hoarding gasoline and filling up their vehicles […]

Not 2 Legit 2 Quit

Shortly after Donald Trump’s election, John Lewis the Civil Rights hero and Congressman from Georgia remarked that “I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate President.”  His comment was mostly due to the notion that Russian interference threw the election to Trump.  I had my own take on Trump’s (ill)legitimacy right after the election here, […]