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The Voice in My Head Is Populist. And White.

Today, almost unmistakably, people in my tradition—people who have an ancestral distrust of government—find themselves susceptible to populist lines of argument. “They want to take away your freedoms” is a lightning rod in my community. It’s also a go-to populist line: “The elites are coming and they are going to…
Howard Schaap
March 7, 2021
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Music and Politics: U2 and the Country of Adolescence

At the end of spring semester, I know it's coming. It's most often an honest question from both colleagues and non-teachers alike, though sometimes the latter's fascination with "summers off" borders on an obsession. Still, in whatever form, the question still comes: "What do you have planned for the summer?"…
Howard Schaap
June 1, 2011
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The Bakery Conversation

I got sandwiched in a conversation on my Saturday morning bakery run. In the back of the Edgerton Bakery, rolls and loaves of fresh bread were coming out of the oven and needed to be sliced. That left one high school girl to work the counter up front for a…
Howard Schaap
April 1, 2011