Category Archives: Cultural Studies

Pithy and perceptive comments on American culture and on others. Pop-Ethnography.

Authoritarianism in Tiny Steps

  All the power in both the County and the City of Santa Cruz (where I live) now resides in the hands of a County health official. Yesterday, she just closed all parks and all beaches in the county for … Continue reading

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Master’s in Welding

I am kind of absent from my blog these days for two reasons. First, the shortest days of the year make me uneasy, even at the fairly southern latitude of central California. I respond by hibernating, spending long nights in … Continue reading

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Madness Entitlement

Most American undergraduates in four-year colleges want to study abroad for a while. (I think this is probably true. I would bet 75/25 for.) In 2019 (or 2018, not clear) 20% of American students were diagnosed with or treated for … Continue reading

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Muslim Gangs: A Facebook Exchange

Once in a while I try to communicate to my conservative friends the complexity of the situation created by the existence of many Muslims in western Europe. Here is another vignette. This is transcript of a Facebook exchange over two … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 35): Merit-Based Immigration and Other Solutions

Note: here is Part 34. The long-established numerical prominence of immigration into the US via family relations makes it difficult to distinguish conceptually between legal immigration responding to matters of the heart and immigration that corresponds to hard economic, and … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 32): Immigration and Politics

Note: here is Part 31. Left-Wing Immigrants Immigration is seldom politically neutral. Large-scale immigration as experienced by the wealthy Western countries changes the balance of power between domestic parties.  Immigrants seem to never divide their loyalties evenly between existing parties. … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 31): The California Hourglass Class Figure

Note: here is Part 30. Discussions of the impact of immigration on native labor often have a 19th century, quasi-Marxist flavor. Implicitly, they seem to posit a large undifferentiated working class, on top of which sits a small middle, or professional … Continue reading

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