The Flawed Utopia of Consumerism: How Amazon is Delivering the Worst of a Nineteenth-Century Vision of the Future

Erstwhile editor Graeme Pente compares present visions of consumption to late-nineteenth-century predictions for the future and suggests troubling similarities. Early last week, online retail giant Amazon.com, Inc. released an advertisement for its projected Amazon Prime Air – “a future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small…

March Links Round-Up

Erstwhile blogger Caroline Grego compiles a short list of history-related news links from the past month, which may or may not be exactly from March. Trans Atlantic Slave Trade Visualization by Matthew Burdumy and Professor Adam Rothman This website is not an article, but it is a valuable teaching tool and, technically, a “link.”  Matt…

California’s Response to Historic Drought: Too Little Too Late?

Erstwhile’s Sara Porterfield gives her thoughts on California’s new water restrictions and the prescient historians who anticipated the West’s current drought.  This past Wednesday California Governor Jerry Brown announced the state’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions in response to the severe drought gripping the state. While snowpack throughout the American West is at a record low, snowpack in…

The Washington R-Words and The First Amendment

Erstwhile editor and long-suffering fan of the Washington NFL franchise, Beau Driver, discusses new developments in the ongoing controversy over the team’s nickname. In late January of 1988, I sat down to watch the football team I loved play in Super Bowl XXII. This was the heyday of the Washington Redskins. Coach Joe Gibbs had…

Foreign Policy in a Digital Age

Erstwhile’s Keith Aksel discusses the foreign policy significance of the 2015  State of the Union Address. This past January, the nation tuned in to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. His discussion of foreign policy, though unsurprising overall, included one specific note of historical relevance. Along with his overtures toward global “coalition building,”…

January Links Round-Up

Erstwhile blogger Caroline Grego compiles a short list of history-related news links from the past month, which may or may not be exactly from January. The Virtue of Scientific Thinking by Steven Shapin For those history of science folks out there, Shapin explores the roots of scientific thinking, tracing its meaning and how it has…