Op-Ed: ‘Not my president’

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By Dr. Paul Kellogg On Friday, January 20, former Reality Television star Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. He is not the first person to ride a career in entertainment to high office in the United States. Jesse “the Body” Ventura went from professional wrestling (which is not a sport) to being the 38th governor of Minnesota. Arnold … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #12: ‘A sort of public and psychological wage’

January 15, 1975 – Reverend Jesse Jackson (centre) in a march for jobs around the White House (Thomas J. O’Halloran, Wikimedia Commons). Psychological Public

In the twelfth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca professor Paul Kellogg reminds us of a great insight from W.E.B. Du Bois. In the tenth of the, Paul Kellogg examined arguments which equate the Democratic and Republican Parties. Populist voices It is not uncommon to see working class populist anger as the key to the 2016 election campaign, fuelling both Bernie … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #11: Not a dime’s worth of difference?

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In the eleventh of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca professor Paul Kellogg examines arguments which equate the Democratic and Republican Parties. In the tenth blog, he explored Michelle Alexander’s important reframing of contemporary U.S. politics. Two party system? There is a well-worn path taken by critical thinkers, equating the Republican Party with the … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #10: The New Jim Crow

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In the tenth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg explores Michelle Alexander’s important reframing of contemporary U.S. politics. In the ninth in the series, Kellogg looked at mass incarceration and its implications for U.S. electoral politics. Trigger warning – article discusses racialized and sexualized violence. Michelle … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #9: Locking up the vote

June 8, 2012 – “A typical cell” (Ken Piorkowski, Wikimedia Commons)

In Glass ceilings and backlash, Athabasca University  Professor Paul Kellogg examined the shocking sexism frequently directed against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In our ninth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Kellogg looks at mass incarceration and its implications for U.S. electoral politics. Trends Donald Trump’s support amongst African-Americans is at … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #7: Glass ceilings & backlash

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In the seventh of the U.S. Election Notebook series entitled Glass ceilings and backlash, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg examines the shocking sexism frequently directed against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In the sixth blog,  Kellogg looked behind the numbers, to see just who likes and dislikes the two main U.S. presidential candidates. In crisis Donald … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #6: The Colour Line

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Athabasca University, Paul Kellogg

In the sixth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg looks behind the numbers, to see just who likes and dislikes the two main U.S. presidential candidates – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In the fifth of the series, professor Paul Kellogg sees the shadow of the anti-civil rights figure George Wallace in the current U.S. … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #5: Memories of George Wallace

June 11, 1963 – Then Governor George Wallace (third from left), tries to block integration at the University of Alabama (Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report Magazine, Wikimedia Commons).

In the fifth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg sees the shadow of the anti-civil rights figure George Wallace in the current U.S. presidential election. In the fourth of the series, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg looked at the ‘birther’ roots of Donald Trump’s political career. Struck a chord Trump’s rhetoric has … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #2: Memories of Goldwater

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In the second of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg asks if there is a comparison between the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump, and the 1964 campaign of Barry Goldwater. Read the first in the series, which discusses the late summer crises of Donald Trump’s campaign for president of the United States. Trump’s early August … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #1: Grief of the Parents

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In the first of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg focuses on the late summer crises of Donald Trump’s campaign for president of the United States. Humayun Khan was a US soldier, one of the thousands who died during George W. Bush’s ill-considered war on Iraq. Khan served with the 1st Infantry Division, until killed in a car bomb … [Read more...]