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Bradley Koch
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Power, Persecution, and Peril
I was listening to segment on a podcast episode about the mythology of Chanukah. Specifically, it pointed out that the story gave an important framing and narrative to right-wing Zionists in Israel.[1] "We are-- and have always --been a people under attack!...
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Me in Media on Cultural Appropriation
A reporter with our student paper here on campus recently invited me to answer some questions about cultural appropriation via email. Here is the article . It's not bad. As is typical, though, very little of what I wrote ended up in the piece so here are my...
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The Birth of "Celebration of Life"
I got curious after my post yesterday and decided to look at the usage of some of these phrases and terms over time. Here are some Ngrams : "Celebration of life" does indeed seem to be a neologism, showing up just before 1960 and increasing fairly dramatica...
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Don't Celebrate My Life
My best friend from childhood killed himself this summer. We hadn't kept in touch really, but we would occasionally run into each other when I visited my parents in my hometown over the years. Regardless, his shadow casts very, very large over my formative ...
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Exclusive vs. Inclusive Solidarities
Solidarity is a necessary part of healthy human existence. We are animals and need food, water, etc., but what defines us is our radically social nature so we also need to be connected to other individuals. When that belonging is tribal, it insists on a kin...
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The Board Race: Gender and Cooperation
My wife shared this video with me from Facebook: Her analysis was spot-on sociologically so I wanted to share that as well. The women are much more successful at this game than the men are, but it might not be immediately obvious why. My wife pointed out th...
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A Problem of Scale: Why Civility, Kindness, and Politeness Can Never Save the World
There is a lot of talk these days about the state of civil and political discourse in the United States. The basic claim of many in varying ways is that we must return to civility, that kindness will save us all. It's generally a centerist claim. These are ...
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More "Dirty" Words That Soil Identities
I posted previously about how we often stigmatize labels like "Jew" and "Puerto Rican" when we confuse the structural racism and implicit bias (as well as lingering bigotry) that befalls these groups for the supposed derogatory nature of the terms associate...
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It's 10:20 at night [1/5/2014], and for the first time in many, many years, I felt obligated to write a poem. So, I did. My high school creative writing teacher, Dan Holt, taught me that a poem is not a poem until it is shared with others. I was resistant t...
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