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Surfing and the Politics of Sovereignty and Identity

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People who know me know the diversity of my interests. On one hand, I am firmly entrenched in my identity as a person of American Indian heritage. On the other, I am also deeply influenced by my upbringing in Southern California and my attachment to surfing as a sport and a lifestyle. For better or [&hellip... more →

Changes in Language Over Time: Self-Determination

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Language is always changing because as society changes, so must the language we use to describe it. Consider how our present day lexicon compares to a generation ago: back then, we wouldn’t have understood terms like “text me,” “log on,” “let’s skype,” etc. Conversely, words that were common in 1968 have fallen out of popular [&hellip... more →

Gates vs. Democracy

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Gates Foundation, founded on proceeds from Microsoft, is understandably oriented toward pursuing privatization worldwide. It is, after all, what made Gates wealthy and influential. Privatization of global agriculture, like health and education, is a major project of Gates Foundation. Partnered with other corporations like Monsanto, Microsoft uses the monopoly model to eliminate competition, as well [&hellip... more →

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Land Reform in Vanuatu

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In Vanuatu, in the South Pacific’s Melanesia, land ownership is based on a traditional land tenure system. 80% of the land is held by extended families, but land laws and corrupt politics have favored international interests, making Vanuatu a tax haven and investment opportunity for the tourist industry. The result has been that 56% of [&hellip... more →

Smooth Talkers: Marketing Imperial Civil Society

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After the Vietnam War, big dogs in the Democratic Party transitioned from belligerent blowhards to smooth talkers. The party of cold warriors became hot stuff. Capitalizing on the popular subculture of peace and love, the Democrats under President Clinton initiated the era of “humanitarian” war. As such, American hegemony could be repackaged as philanthropic. Ironically, [&hellip... more →

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