Author Archives: David S. Meyer

About David S. Meyer

Author and professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine

Young people lead

It felt good to see this new picture, posted on Twitter by both Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg. Malala,  now  23,  has  been  a crusader  for  human rights, particularly educating  girls  in  Pakistan.  She’s paid a severe price for her … Continue reading

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Loyalty

Donald Trump is trying to destroy Mitt Romney. It starts with snarky side comments in front of reporters and on Twitter, continues through allies–and other Trumps–disparaging disloyalty and demanding that Romney be ousted from the Republican caucus, and will escalate … Continue reading

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Sixtieth anniversary of the Greensboro sit-in

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the start of the sit-in campaign in Greensboro, North Carolina. I’m always moved and encouraged by the audacity of those young men, and there’s a special reason to repost this year. As the stilted impeachment … Continue reading

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Trump speaks for himself at the March for Life

  Donald Trump became the first president to address the annual anti-abortion March for Life this week and he made this year’s event about about himself. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” he bragged … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Day, 2020

January 20, Martin Luther King Day, falls five days after what would have been King’s 90th birthday, a reminder of how young he was during his ministry. Here I repost a slightly edited version of last year’s post on the … Continue reading

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#NoHateNoFear march: Who gets to oppose anti-Semitism?

Tens of thousands of people marched across the East River today to protest anti-Semitism. When the river didn’t part the demonstrators hiked across the Brooklyn Bridge, the lines extending far beyond both sides of the bridge. The march and rally … Continue reading

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A global explosion of people power?

Last year, 2019, the editors of The Big Q, a very cool blog sponsored by the University of Auckland, asked me to write about the seeming explosion of protest movements globally. This is what I thought, reposted below (non-American spelling … Continue reading

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