I’m not sure how useful this post is going to be. Consider it capturing a time, a place and a sentiment. We’re five days past the US federal election of November 8th, 2016. Being a bit pedantic about including dates as you may be reading this well after the date. Donald J. Trump is the president-elect. He won the majority… Read more →
The Machine in Alabama politics
“The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.” — Tyler Durden, in the 1999 film, Fight Club. The same rule applies to The Machine. The Machine consists of representatives from 28 white fraternities and sororities (out of 65) at the University of… Read more →
Is Alabama Ready for Its Next Century?
This entry is based on a paper I wrote in the spring of 2011 for my political science class on state and civic government. Any errors or omissions are my own. As of early 2011, Birmingham has been through some tough years. As part of banking reforms put in place after the 2008 stock market crash, available credit across the… Read more →