Shane Ralston

Shane Ralston

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Shane Ralston is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University Hazleton. You can read many of his other articles at his academia.edu page.

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Harvard Poll Finds that Millennials Basically Live in Bubbles

A new poll from Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP) reveals that millennials, or people aged 18 to 29, are enclosed in ideological bubbles.  Their social and professionals circles are largely segregated along partisan lines:...

Should the Government Stop Using Taxes to Promote 'Virtue'?

Having just submitted our federal tax returns, it’s probably as good a time as any to reflect on the broader purposes of taxation. As you may know, the federal tax code is not just for generating revenue. It’s also intended to achieve certain...

10 Ways to Know You’re Being Gaslighted

You feel small, stifled and burdened by life events. Maybe you’re experiencing neurosis, hyper-sensitivity and alienation. Deep down you think you’re going insane. It’s possible that you’re not. Instead, you’ve been gaslighted. Gaslighting is a...

Tuition-Free College isn’t Free—But it Does Have Some of the Makings of a Pyramid Scheme

Proposals to make public university and college attendance tuition free were floated by Democratic candidates during the 2016 presidential election primaries. Bernie Sanders was and still is one of its most ardent supporters. Hilary Clinton...

How Adjunct College Teaching is Like Slave Labor

The Hollywood image of the university professor as a tweed blazer, button-up wearing young urban professional with plenty of disposable income is an enduring one. If only it were true. The image defies reality, at least for the vast majority of...

5 Attributes of Thought Leaders

Have you ever asked yourself, what makes someone an entrepreneur of ideas, a so-called thought leader?  The ability to invent and spread the word about newfangled concepts? A master of the TED Talk? A magnetic Steve Jobs-like personality?...

Does Trump Have the Authority to Attack Syria?

Recently President Donald Trump authorized a missile attack on a Syrian air force base in retaliation for the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in the ongoing Syrian civil war. Republican Senator Rand Paul was quick to criticize the leader of...

Social Isolation is Dangerous to Democracy

How many times have you attended a city council meeting? A school board meeting? Participated in a regional commission to address a social problem? Run for public office?  Some of us are politically engaged. But most of us are not. Is a vibrant...

College 'Diversity Council’ Posts Fake Racist Flyers, Stoking Fear and Sparking Outrage

At Gustavus Adolphus College, the Diversity Leadership Council (DLC), with the help of several student-led social justice groups, decided to try a social experiment. They posted fake flyers with racially provocative messages on the theory that they...

College Prof Says he was Fired for not Dumbing Down his Course

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently released a report about a community college professor who was terminated for maintaining high academic standards for his students. The higher ed institution was the Community College...

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