Author Archives: authorbengarrido

An Open Letter to Journalists, Activists and Academics

Dear colleagues in the academy, dear former colleagues in the media and to my friends in activism, we need to talk. What We Just Saw On May 25th, four police officers in Minneapolis murdered George Floyd. One of them, Derek Chauvin, acted as executioner, pressing Mr. Floyd’s neck with his knee for nearly 6 minutes […]

Trump and Putin, Bromance for the Ages

What, exactly, are these two getting out of each other?

Japan and Korea Hate Each Other

The only two rich democracies in East Asia, both of which are threatened by China’s expansion, would much rather undermine each other than cooperate. Why?

Brazil, WTF? The Homely Gangsters, Season 2, Episode 1.

The president of Brazil wants you to know that burning the Amazon is awesome and remind you that putting the fires out is imperialism. Beyond the obvious WTF factor, what’s going on? https://www.buzzsprout.com/255212/1946880-brazil-wtf

The Homely Gangsters, Episode 11

Immigrants are good for the economy, slightly good for unemployment rates, they commit way fewer crimes and their kids are better students and more upwardly mobile than similar SES natives. And this is all a problem. You see, most people would rather have social status than a slightly more efficient economy or a safer neighborhood […]

The Homely Gangsters, Episode 10

Like a lot of things people are passionate about, the stuff we say about abortion and the stuff we seem to mean are very different. 

The Homely Gangsters Episode 9

This isn’t the first time in history we’ve had celebrity scientists. It’s not the first time these celebrities have used their expertise to tell us how we should live, what values we should have, and how we ought to interpret the world. That history is surprisingly dark.  Are we heading down the same dark path […]

The Homely Gangsters Episode 8

In the most serious episode to date, we tackle the Eastern and Western zodiac/horoscope. Also, if you don’t share our zodiac signs, you suck.  https://www.buzzsprout.com/255212/1093208-the-horoscope-is-about-zodiac-your-world?fbclid=IwAR0dJofnPT-MajE5SIdHGzxJfxglgjdoEB4rqkoFmO-S_TNpgyk0JrnLuhA

The Homely Gangsters Episode 7

Are men just women with dangly bits? Why is there more pressure on women to make families and more pressure on men to succeed in their careers? Can we blame it all on the white man? Is it the work of the Illuminati? Would the world explode if we talked about gender politics without foaming […]

The Homely Gangsters Episode 6

Do you spend all day watching the news, terrified of gun violence and involuntarily urinating at the thought of armed neighbors? Is your front room filled with assault rifles, NRA posters and shrines to John Rambo? Check out the latest episode for a balanced examination of exactly what the whole gun thing is about. https://www.buzzsprout.com/255212/1093037-guns