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Peter Bolland

Peter Bolland is the philosophy and humanities department chair at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California where he teaches world religions, Asian philosophy, world mythology, and ethics. Bolland is also a columnist for both Unity Magazine and the San Diego Troubadour. An award winning singer-songwriter and poet, Bolland draws on the world’s wisdom traditions as a frequent lecturer and performer throughout the San Diego region.

November 22nd, 2017

Peter Bolland

What the End of Net Neutrality Means

They wanted a pro-business President they said. Well they sure got one, and boy are they gonna pay for it. As Trump’s FCC prepares to end net neutrality, at the request of the big ISPs (internet service providers), or “telecoms,” prepare for sweeping changes across all of your internet usage and all of your devices, …

November 6th, 2017

Peter Bolland

What “Don’t Politicize It” Really Means

It happens every time. Within minutes after news breaks of yet another American mass shooting; when people start raising legitimate questions about the gaping holes in American gun regulations, gun proponents solemnly chastise the inquiry with the scold “Don’t politicize it.” People who say that think that they’re taking the high road, that they’re respecting …

November 6th, 2017

Peter Bolland

“Gun Laws Don’t Work”

Gun laws don’t work because criminals ignore them. Rape laws don’t work because rapists ignore them. Murder laws don’t work because murderers ignore them. Anti-fraud laws don’t work because con men ignore them. Speed limits don’t work because speeders ignore them. Laws protecting private property from theft don’t work because criminals ignore them. The concept …

October 16th, 2017

Peter Bolland

Zeus, Harvey Weinstein, and Me

Maybe you’ve seen it. All over social media, ever since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, victims of sexual assault have been posting the phrase “Me too.” It’s a chilling reminder that sexual assault, abuse, and harassment is far more common than we are comfortably willing to admit. Yeah, well, fuck comfort. I’ll take truth over …

October 4th, 2017

Peter Bolland

Our Best Allies in the Gun Battle Ahead

When the first bullets ripped into the crowd in Las Vegas last Sunday night, country music superstar Jason Aldean and his band were wowing their fans with their stalwart brand of down and dirty country pop rock. When the initial confusion and disbelief gave way to abject terror Jason and his band-mates fled the stage. …

October 2nd, 2017

Peter Bolland

It’s Time to Rewrite the 2nd Amendment

On the morning after the Las Vegas Massacre, by all counts the deadliest mass-shooting in modern American history, social media is abuzz with death counts, shock, grief, thoughts, prayers, and the bone-wearying gun debate. Those in favor of even the most moderate gun law reforms timidly make their case, and are blown back by enemy …

September 23rd, 2017

Peter Bolland

The Right to Take a Knee

Controversy continues to swirl around a handful of NFL players who take a knee during the National Anthem, a peaceful, silent, and non-violent protest initiated last year by quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In interviews, Kaepernick and others say that the aim of these very visible demonstrations of non-compliance is to draw attention to racial inequities throughout …

September 8th, 2017

Peter Bolland

The High Cost of Press Neutrality

A free and vigorous press is an essential feature of any vibrant democracy. Everybody knows that. But with liberty comes responsibility. In an attempt to navigate the maelstrom of conflicting perspectives that constitute the modern media landscape, many traditional media outlets stick to the tired trope of “fair and balanced.” But is neutrality even a …

September 4th, 2017

Peter Bolland

D-Day for DACA

DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), is on the chopping block. All indications are that Trump will bow to anti-immigrant pressure and suspend DACA tomorrow even though 80% of Republicans favor DACA, including 75% of Trump’s base. It’s time for a little review. Just what is DACA anyway? DACA was an executive order signed by …

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