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Trump’s attack on American “democracy” by Keith Hart – Part 1

Neil Turner , March 1st, 2021


Donald Trump and the Republican Party Donald Trump may not have expected to win the 2016 presidential election. Once he … More


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Pandemics: agents of global change

Neil Turner , April 1st, 2020


It was the early 1990s, while working at the American College of Physicians in Philadelphia, I became interested in epidemiology. With all the doctors around (there were twelve…


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Cultural Critique: Anthropological – by Keith Hart

Neil Turner , March 1st, 2020


Cultural Critique Cultural critique, the use of anthropology to draw critical attention to institutions that readers take for granted, is as old as the origins of the modern…


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Religious Colonizing in Brazil

Neil Turner , January 1st, 2020


After Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil, I sort of lost the desire to write anything more about the country. As a gringo living in Brazil for more…


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Agriculture in Human Evolution – by Keith Hart

Neil Turner , November 1st, 2019


In his Discourse on the Origins and Foundations of Inequality among Men (1754) Jean-Jacques Rousseau was concerned, not with individual variations in natural endowments, but with…


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The Political Economy of Food in an Unequal World-by Keith Hart

Neil Turner , October 1st, 2019


Food in a New Economic Order What is ‘new’ about neo-liberalism? It is a world economic order based on selective freedom, on the freedom of money…


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Filtered Realities

Neil Turner , September 1st, 2019


In order to proceed, we must first acknowledge the more than three decades of work by a man who has been sounding the alarm concerning the…


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The Mueller Report: Highlights

Neil Turner , August 1st, 2019


The Mueller Report is probably one of the most extensive legal investigations in the history of the United States. Certainly, the circumstances necessitating it are historic…


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The Horror of War – Part 3

Neil Turner , July 1st, 2019


Sometime in June 1971, an incident occurred that completely changed my attitude toward the US Army. In fact, I was never the same again. It all…


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The Real Race Problem – Part 2

Neil Turner , January 1st, 2019


On the eve of the one-hundred and eighth anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ newspaper The Crisis, we are presenting, in its entirety, a lecture from the distinguished anthropologist,…


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The Culture of Corruption

Neil Turner , November 1st, 2018


Many of us know that political corruption is not new to the world. It is an unsavory, human practice with a history that extends far back into ancient…


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Anthropology and the New Human Universal

Neil Turner , June 1st, 2018


World society today resembles nothing so much as the eighteenth century ancient régime that Kant had every reason to believe had been abolished by revolution. Now a rich,…


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Gun Violence in American Schools

Neil Turner , May 1st, 2018


There is something terribly wrong going on in American schools today. A silent epidemic is spreading throughout the country like a cancer. What does it say about a…


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THE OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY COOPERATIVE: Towards an Online Public Anthropology

Neil Turner , November 1st, 2017


  We attempt here to explore the relationship between anthropology, social media and public engagement through a web-based network that we helped to found and manage. We argue…


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Mess in the Middle East

Neil Turner , August 1st, 2017


Many people throughout the Western world do not understand what is happening in the Middle East. Much of the confusion stems from a misunderstanding of the complicated relations…


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Brexit: Where once was an empire

Neil Turner , March 1st, 2017


Separation from Europe has opened up the real possibility that the United Kingdom will break up. Scotland is already bent on secession and the two Irelands may resolve…


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Why do Leaders Fail?

Neil Turner , January 1st, 2017


This is an opinion piece that some might say loosely fits within the realm of anthropology. And yet, if one could say that anthropology is the genealogy and…


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Perennial Narratives in Anthropology

Neil Turner , December 1st, 2016


Since the 1960s, there has not been any new, innovative or groundbreaking advances in the field of anthropology. Although some good work has been done, most of it…


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World’s Most Vital Resource

Neil Turner , November 1st, 2016


  It is not necessary to explain the process by which algae through millions of years of geological time and chemical reactions become fossil fuels such as oil,…


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The War Against Privacy

Neil Turner , October 1st, 2016


In the May-June 1993 issue of Wired Magazine, an article on a group of mathematicians advocating a radical, libertarian, cryptographic philosophy appeared on the front cover. The group…


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