Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010 Michael S. Wilson Among liberal intellectuals in the North, there is a commonly held view of tribal and indigenous peoples as victims of the international political economy and the neoliberal model of resource extraction. A less common perspective—despite its condemnation of ongoing colonialism and its refusal to accept the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial, by Richard Price"
How does a social movement grow, succeed, or fizz? June 28, 2013 In response to more than month of protests that have attracted at least one million people across dozens of Brazilian cities, and to solidarity demonstrations in other cities around the world, President Dilma Rousseff has announced a set of concessions to protestors’ demands: a […]Read more "Brazil in 2013: Case Study in the Process of Social Change"
July 2, 2012 MICHAEL WILSON On the night of July 1, Enrique Peña Nieto shouted before cameras, “this Sunday, Mexico won!” The presidential candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Peña used the speech to declare himself the winner, promising an “honest” and “democratic presidency.” Peña believes he has defeated both the conservative incumbent Partido Acción […]Read more "Mexico’s Return to “Perfect Dictatorship”"
“The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato We want to contribute, to make the world a better place. We get an education, develop interests and seek new answers—all because we wish to positively affect the world during our lifetimes. “You can’t be neutral […]Read more "So you want to change the world…"
“One of the most persistent and unusual aspects of human behavior, observable in all cultures and through all of history, is man’s dissatisfaction with his ordinary state of consciousness and the consequent development of innumerable methods for altering it,” according to Charles T. Tart, professor emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Students […]Read more "Drug use at UWSP: student survey provides insights"
January 23, 2012 Most of us in the U.S. have spent our patience for electoral politics on the escalating gaffes by the Republican Party presidential contenders who, in their own ways, have demonstrated to the public how unsuitable they are to run the country. But our southern neighbors have a more clearly decisive election at hand […]Read more "Why Mexico’s elections will matter"
“Policies don’t change, interests don’t change, institutional sources of these don’t change, but conditions do. And the most important condition is the domestic population. And that changes because of dedicated activism, sometimes inspired by great tragedies.” – Noam Chomsky, Kent State University, May 2000. The Kent State and Jackson State shootings became emblematic of the […]Read more "Changing Conditions Under the Power Structure"