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Week 1–Liberalism: Sources and Themes

What John Locke and Tom Paine reveal about the origins of an ideology that surrounds us like an ocean.

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Support Your Local Paper

Where local newspapers die, civic engagement and awareness suffer.

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Race Relations 50 Years After Selma

Half a century of government programs have not closed the gaps of racial inequalities.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. Dante

Masscult drives a wedge between grassroots and elite conservatives.

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Losing the Ability to “Lose Oneself”

Why reading is an increasingly self-conscious act

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Sociology as Class War

Progressive social scientists want to help poor people but won’t learn from them.

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Should We Make Fun of the Tragic?

The moral dilemma behind “The Interview” and Margaret Cho’s Golden Globes performance

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