Monthly Archives: January 2013

Strong and weak theories in the social sciences

There is something funny about how the word “theory” is used in the social sciences, and especially the humanities. One hears of attempts to “theorize” gender, or power, or postcoloniality, or the erotic, and anything else one can think of. … Continue reading

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The US is a bigger terrorist than Bin Laden

Is this a true statement? How is terrorism defined? The normal definition is that terrorism is killing, harming, or threatening civilians for political purposes. So, in a classic example, during the Franco-Algerian War, both the FLN and the French army … Continue reading

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Common replacements for intelligent thought in the social sciences and humanities

How to make your ideas sound intimidating, complex, impressive, and fashionable–or, how to talk in the humanities 1. Find a more vague way to express your idea. 2. Use faux-technical language — inventing jargon –borrowing technical language from another field … Continue reading

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US Marines at work, Part II: Winter Soldier, 1971

1971 Winter Soldier Testimony from Vietnam war participants MODERATOR. Okay, Mr. Olimpieri, I wish you could… there’s some testimony here…you witnessed a 70-year-old man wounded about 20 miles southwest of Da Nang. Could you elaborate on this, please? ¬†OLIMPIERI. Yeah. … Continue reading

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US Marines, in action–Winter Soldier, 2008

“The reason I am doing this today is not only for myself and the rest of society to hear, but for all those who cannot be here to talk about the things we went through, to talk about the things … Continue reading

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