C. Wright Mills would be ashamed

My sociological imagination is at an all-time low right now. In fact, tonight I chose to catch up on homework rather than watch the presidential debate. It feels like I have no time for society anymore. Ever since I got to college, I’ve watched less sports than ever before, which really shows how truly disconnected I am. I guess I got used to watching tv once in a while through hulu.com, and catching up on articles through twitter. Continue reading

From Confusion to Clarity

So, I’m liberal. Coming from the Bay Area to Bucknell has taught me that. In fact, at home before college, I hadn’t really realized that I was as liberal-minded a gal as I am – possibly because the idea of tree-hugging hippies in Bezerkly scared me. Plus, both of my parents consider themselves Republicans – or they did. My dad used to call himself a “Blue Dog Republican” (a play on Blue Dog Democrats, which I can’t say I really understand beyond what’s on Wikipedia), but got to a point where he felt so unaligned with the Republican Party that he reregistered as an Independent. I, too, was and still am frustrated with the polarization of the two big political parties. When I turned 18, I registered as an Independent. But then I came to college, where I’ve been confronted with much more political diversity. Somewhere along the way, I narrowed down my views on the political sphere.

After taking the Pew political quiz, I was deemed a “solid liberal.” Well, no surprise there. What I didn’t like about the quiz, though, was that between the two responses you could choose from for each question, it was totally obvious which response would swing me liberal or conservative, and I felt obligated to choose the one I knew applied to a liberal mindset. Why? I’m not really sure, but I’m beginning to think the polarization of the two parties has rubbed off on me a bit, which doesn’t make me feel so good. Continue reading

Let’s Get Quizzical….

Sing my title to the tune of…

A lot of people in our generation (especially at prominent private universities) have a common phrase to describe their political affiliation. I think we all have heard someone say that they are “fiscally conservative, but socially liberal.” There are people who honestly believe that it is possible to support liberal social programs and maintain them without a certain level of taxes. I personally have viewed myself in this light without ever taking the time to recognize how implausible that belief really is. Continue reading