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Radical hope in difficult times

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | December 12, 2016

Difficult times Whether we like it or not, we are the new minority, knocked off our blocks, trounced, but not — at least not yet — silenced. Nicolas Kristof (New York Times, December 11 2016) described universities echoing with “primal howls of discontent.” and classes cancelled so that students could weep about their fears of  … Continue reading »

Stop blaming ‘populism’ for everything

Bruce Newsome, Lecturer in International Relations | December 11, 2016

The word “populism” is being used to explain almost every trend or event of 2016, including Brexit, the election of Donald Trump as America’s next President, and shifts in French, German, Italian, Dutch and Austrian politics. The term “populism” has been used interchangeably with “right-wing politics” and “nationalism.” Now the magazine Foreign Affairs is blaming autocratization on … Continue reading »

Resistance and the rebirth of inclusion

john a. powell, director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | November 28, 2016

  My, our, disagreement with Trump is in fact rooted in his support for oppression against people that he and his supporters see as other, and against their denial for their humanity and their right to exist. According to systems scholar and political scientist Scott E. Page, diversity of experience and views can be a … Continue reading »

No church in the wild: the politics of the sanctuary campus

Joel Sati, PhD Student, Jurisprudence and Social Policy | November 23, 2016

“Lies on the lips of a priest/Thanksgiving disguised as a feast”   — Jay-Z and Kanye West, No Church in The Wild (from Watch the Throne) It has been two weeks since the election that saw Donald Trump elected president of the United States. And here at Berkeley, I and many undocumented scholars and activists … Continue reading »

Building a Western Union

Chris Kutz, professor of law | November 18, 2016

The voters of the West Coast spoke unequivocally on November 8th, giving Hillary Clinton 60% of the vote, with 7.5 million votes, to Donald Trump’s 4.5 million, or 35%. These voters had good reasons. A Trump presidency endangers a range of policies common to California, Oregon, and Washington. These three states are committed to ensuring … Continue reading »

Is empathy a luxury in the age of Trump?

Jeremy Adam Smith, Editor, Greater Good Magazine | November 15, 2016

The election of Barack Obama marked the emergence of the Tea Party, a radical right-wing movement that challenged the Republican establishment and ultimately fueled the rise of Donald Trump. Where did the Tea Party come from? That’s the question renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild set out to explore in her new book, Strangers in Their Own … Continue reading »

Undocumented and Unafraid: Accomplices Needed

Joel Sati, PhD Student, Jurisprudence and Social Policy | November 14, 2016

“And it is so easy to look away, to live with the fruits of our history and to ignore the great evil done in all of our names. But you and I have never truly had that luxury. I think you know.”— Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me. The aftermath of the election has … Continue reading »

Into the wasteland

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor |

The day after the election, Kroeber Hall was as silent and as desolate as a tomb. It felt like there had been an unanticipated and sudden death in the family but in this instance the family is our divided nation. We were stunned. It is far too early for normalization and reconciliation. First we, the non-elected elite … Continue reading »

Deciphering election polling, from algorithms and youth votes to the Electoral College

Laura Stoker, professor of political science | November 10, 2016

The outcome of the 2016 general election in the United States was momentous and surprising. Yet some commentaries seem to suggest that means we need to rethink our basic understandings of voters and elections. I disagree, albeit gently, with that kind of hyperbole. Here’s why. Let’s not exaggerate As in 2000, it appears the winner … Continue reading »

Season of the demagogue

Stephen Menendian, assistant director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society | November 8, 2016

Americans head to the polls today in what is likely the most important and consequential election in more than a generation, and certainly the most fraught since 1968, which followed the assassinations of Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson’s unexpected decision not to run for re-election. The 2016 presidential campaign has … Continue reading »

Talking with boys about Donald Trump and sexual assault

Jeremy Adam Smith, Editor, Greater Good Magazine | November 4, 2016

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has bragged about laying his hands on women without their permission, and numerous women have come forward to claim that he assaulted them. In the past and throughout the campaign, he has used raw and disrespectful language to describe women, including his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. When confronted about … Continue reading »

The real election hack fear

Betsy Cooper, Executive Director, UC Berkeley Center for Long-term Cybersecurity | November 3, 2016

By Steven Weber, faculty director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity and a professor, School of Information and political science, and Betsy Cooper: If you are expecting to feel relief from a long and tortuous election season on the morning of November 9, don’t. Expect instead to hear about a possible cyberattack on American democracy. … Continue reading »

The Donald and the Duce

Lawrence Rosenthal, executive director, Center for Right-Wing Studies | November 2, 2016

More than any time in over 50 years, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has provoked a serious discussion of the threat of fascism at the level of presidential politics. Martin O’Malley twice called Trump a fascist from the stage of the Democratic Party’s primary presidential debates. Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat began considering the … Continue reading »

Proposition 59, the Citizens United initiative, gets it wrong on corporate civil rights

Larry Rosenthal, adjunct professor, public policy | October 27, 2016

Over-simplification is one of the hallmark symptoms of our beleaguered Election 2016. A campaign by over-simplifiers, seemingly marketed only to distracted, easily manipulated voters. But don’t pretend that any single candidate or party holds a monopoly on over-simplification. California’s Proposition 59 (2016) shows that progressives aren’t immune to the condition. An entirely nonbinding, advisory measure, Prop. 59 … Continue reading »

Emma Goldman Papers sounds the alarm for Nasty Women – past and present – to unite

Candace Falk, Candace Falk | October 24, 2016

Among the most frightening aspects of the specter of a Trump presidency would be the arbitrary use of power, including his threat to “lock up” his “nasty woman” opponent, enact racist policies of massive deportations from, and restricted entry into, the United States, all while bypassing any semblance of the democratic process. This scenario was … Continue reading »

Michelle Obama: ‘It’s about basic human decency’

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | October 13, 2016

“It has shaken me to my core….” Yes. This resonates. Michelle Obama has just delivered the speech of her life — of the lives of many women who watched events in the presidential election since Friday with an increasing sense of disbelief. How could we possibly, in 2016, have a major party candidate for president who spoke … Continue reading »

On National Coming Out Day, I celebrate my birthday

Darren Arquero, Ethnic Studies Doctoral Candidate & Haas Institute Research Fellow | October 11, 2016

I was born 28 years ago today in Houston, Texas. I am the youngest of three siblings born to parents of Filipino descent. Also 28 years ago today, National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was established by Robert Eichsberg and Jean O’Leary to mark the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay … Continue reading »