Differences in fundamental values or norms do not have to get in the way of communication, which means the creation of social systems. In the
There have been three great eras of social reform/protest in the United States—the 1830s (temperance movement, abolitionism, 1st wave feminist movement), the Progressive Era (1890s-1900s),
Normality is the distinction between normal and deviant (Luhmann, Risk: A Sociological Theory). It is a difference not a thing-in-itself. This distinction serves as an
It is clear that Donald Trump is not a republican and his followers are not republicans, though many republicans have tagged along hoping for some benefit.
June 12, 2016 I like reading and listening to David Brooks. I don’t agree with everything he says, but at least he has common sense
I’ve been listening to a lecture by Luhmann titled “Systems Theory and Postmodernism.” Early in the lecture, Luhmann mentions a conversation he had with Jean-François Lyotard in