"President Obama’s Mere Liberalism, Part 2: A Changing Social Fabric" by Bert Clere
"In spite of pursuing color-blind economic uplift in Appalachia and the South, Obama has faced almost total opposition from white voters in these areas. A cynic might argue that this is proof Obama’s conciliatory stances just don’t work. But Obama has always played the long game ... ." (Image by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.)
"3D Printers: The Next Disruptive Technology" by Jerry Mooney
"Before we all panic and get our torches and pitchforks out to skewer Frankenstein’s monster, let’s remember that all of the great innovations in history have been disruptive at first. Democracy disrupted monarchy. The car disrupted horse breeders. Email disrupted the postal service and the envelope manufacturers." (Image by Jonathan Juursema.)
"President Obama’s Mere Liberalism, Part 1: A New Economy and Foreign Policy" by Bert Clere
"Yet Obama’s presidency, in spite of his critics, has actually been a powerful case for the efficacy of liberal governance in the US. On the economy, on foreign policy, and on social issues, Obama has doggedly held to pragmatic liberal principles and has achieved a surprising number of successes while doing so." (Image by Gage Skidmore.)
"Disrupting the Establishment" by Jerry Mooney
"What people are tapping into, though, is that the issues each candidate represents are more important than the identity of the politician. It’s more important among the swelling anti-establishment crowd that a candidate fight for them, regardless of their age, sex or religion." (Image by Gage Skidmore.)
"Feel-Good Movies About the End of the (Natural) World?" by Anil Narine
"In the context of impending catastrophe, the role of the superheroes is interesting. Their strengths highlight our weaknesses. In the midst of the mayhem of this baffling, seemingly anti-intellectual film, we as viewers may find ourselves pondering something a little deeper: our fragility and the precariousness of the earth." (Image by Sushil Kumar.)
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