Culture, Ideology and Religion

Democracy and the Emergence of the Investor-State

Michael Rizzotti Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters. President Grover Cleveland, State of the Union Address, December 3, 1888 We live in a...

The Olympic Games: Consecrating Globalization

Michel A Rizzotti We have come a long way since the first Olympic Games were held in ancient Greece. The original Olympiads were essentially a religious ceremony created in honor of Zeus, the dominant god of the Greek pantheon. Today the Olympics have become an...

Thank You Librarians

Michael A Rizzotti When Michael Moore’s publisher wanted him to re-write nearly 50% of his book entitled Stupid White Men or they would not publish the book, the author balked. This was only a few days after 9/11 and the nation was still reeling from the chock the...

Mythical Process in Ideology, Culture and Religion

Michael A Rizzotti The underlying influence of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit can be seen in the way we interpret the human thought process. In his book Hegel introduced the idea of “the Spirit”. A life-force that is constantly regenerating itself through dialectics...

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Michael A Rizzotti February 4th 2006 marks the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A remarkable German theologian. Bonhoeffer was involved in several clandestine missions to help Jewish people escape Nazi Germany. He also participated in failed...

Significant Other

Michael A Rizzotti Significant other refers to a gender blind way to name the Other partner in a relationship. The attribute significant implies having a meaningful and influential effect on the Other and onto oneself. Especially if it relates to a deep and liberating...