What Should We Call Ourselves?

What Should We Call Ourselves?

Mariachi music, Spanish language music and the Spanish channels playing on my abuelita’s TV were how I connected to a culture and language that I only knew about from my parents’ memories. Sure, it was common in Texas with Tejano radio stations, but to know that...
The Tragedy of Poverty in a Rich Land

The Tragedy of Poverty in a Rich Land

Poverty is not a natural phenomenon. It’s not like a tornado or an earthquake. Poverty is not a necessary state. Nor is it something that falls from the sky. “In the U.S., grim poverty is a tragedy, that great wealth makes a sin,” William Sloan Coffin once declared. I...
Why It Matters if Ethics are Agenda- or Need-Based

Why It Matters if Ethics are Agenda- or Need-Based

Can you explain the distinction between a philosophy and an ideology? A political science professor 50 years ago helped me clarify my thinking around these terms. He suggested that a philosophy is an open-ended search for, and refinement of, an understanding of truth...