Any time a thinker or citizen starts to ponder certain topics, all kinds of sticky issues come up. Basically, these areas are the ones in which opinions are likely to diverge. Such problematic types of analysis include stories about workers, about women, about immigrants, about human rights, anything that deals with intense conflicts or other matters on which polarized points of view are likely.
This website originates with a bunch of progressive writers. Its creators are likely to be ‘liberal’ or ‘left’ or leaning toward interpretations that favor working people and common folk. At the same time, we are also pro-logic and pro-honesty. Thus, the material that follows is mainly scholarship, social science, and rational opinion. By rational opinion, we mean arguments that have evidence and reasoning to back them up, not just prejudice and self-interest.
That said, the links here lead to data and analysis with a decidedly bottom-up perspective. The works cited will generally examine social history, and especially U.S. social history, through a lens that looks favorably on democracy and social justice and social equality. In a sense, this shouldn’t even be necessary to mention—after all, the primary point of both the U. S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is to support democratic governance, ‘of, by, and for the people.’ On the other hand, in the United States of America in 2016, some people believe that supposed ‘security’ is more important than hoped-for democracy, that anyone inclined to think differently should just shut up and do as they’re told.
Citizens who wonder about such things might find the material here interesting, instructive, useful, empowering. Folks should also contact us with their own stories and citations. As a group of writers, we’re hopeful that we can help to preserve and expand the realm of the real in relation to grassroots stories that tell the world’s tales from the perspectives of individuals and communities too often overlooked or otherwise marginalized.’