Kraig Archer, a professor of sociology here at SC4, has written a book that he believes has timely application to our current political state and that he hopes will motivate readers to pursue alternatives to the current two-party system.
“I would like my book to lead to a new political movement,” Archer said.
Insightful and refreshingly free of party bias, Archer’s book, Democrats, Republicans: None of the Above, offers perspective to our polarized political climate, asserting that as presidential elections draw near it is critical for voters to reassess national issues beyond the labels and conflicts of the Republican and Democratic parties.
Archer’s book examines an extensive range of much-debated governmental issues, covering topics such as the nation’s educational system, immigration, environmental concerns and international relations. In discussing these issues, Archer gives a judicious assessment of the national challenges that he feels the contentious government system is not properly addressing and suggests several practical solutions to national issues, both political and social.
“We all have a future in this country…these type of issues affect the type of future our kids are going to have,” Archer said.
Weighing in at 51 pages, None of the Above is, however, short for its densely packed subject matter, failing to fully clarify several key concepts.
This lack of explanation could lessen the book’s impact for some readers; at times readers would need specialized political and sociological knowledge to fully understand the subject matter.
When, for example, Archer presents his views on flaws in the structure of the Supreme Court, he cites several cases in order to demonstrate a trend of decisions that he thinks lack foundation in proper constitutional interpretation. The problem here is a lack of elaboration; while Archer’s reasoning is very sound, he does not mention the issues under discussion in each case, slightly undercutting his argument for readers without a knowledge of judicial history.
Nevertheless, these structural imperfections are not entirely negative in their effects, making None of the Above a brief, accessible read, particularly for students and others whose busy schedules make finding time for political study difficult. This brevity makes the book a good entry point into a political education exploring a more balanced, better-informed political worldview.
Archer hopes that after readers finish None of the Above they will be inspired to take action by establishing a third political party to combat the problem of divisions in our present system.
The third political party that Archer proposes would be called the Faith Reform Party and would be founded both on Christian moral principles and on a desire to uphold America as an ever-improving nation.
Ultimately, None of the Above, while lacking in length and definition of terms, is a well-reasoned, skillfully argued and easily read a book that can serve as a stepping stone into a style of independent, intelligent political thought that is unencumbered by excess party polarization.
Archer’s book is available through Amazon.com in both print and e-book format.
Why you should join the Erie Square Gazette next semester
The Erie Square Gazette wants you!
Do you have an interest in writing? Would you like to be an editor and save money on tuition? Have you ever thought it would be fun to try being a journalist? Do you just want to improve your writing skills?
If so, then the ESG may be exactly what you need.
This past semester the ESG has been woefully understaffed with only five of us doing all the writing, editing, and formatting. Luckily for you, our shortage of staff is an excellent opportunity for you to join next semester and make your own impact on the paper.
Don’t worry if you think writing isn’t your greatest strength. If you have an opinion that might benefit others, if you want to help inform the student body, or if you just want to share why your favorite team is a disaster this season, your voice has a place with us.
Even if you find grammar and writing intimidating, you should still contribute. Because that’s where I come in.
As copy editor, my job is to make sure that everything the ESG publishes is free of grammar and spelling errors. So, even if you are doubtful about commas or get a rash when thinking of semicolons, just take the plunge. It’s my job to fix your grammar mistakes so that you can write without fear. By the time your article goes to press, it will be spotless.
Writing, like any skill, improves with practice and if you would like to polish your writing skills, newswriting is an excellent place to start. Newswriting is one of the easier forms of writing, with a simple format and low word count demands. The minimum number of words the ESG requires for any article is only 250.
If you want to write for the ESG, you have three options.
Option one is to submit articles as a guest writer. This is likely the best choice for those of you who have busy schedules, as you are not required to make any sort of time commitment. Just email your article to us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to print it.
Option two is to join the paper as a staff writer. This choice requires a certain amount of commitment because it involves actually registering for the newswriting class that accompanies the paper. Staff writers are required to attend meetings in the ESG office every Thursday and are also expected to meet deadlines. Staff writers may also be assigned fixed topics to write about and will be graded on their performance in the class.
Students interested in joining us as part of the ESG staff should register for CM-110-01 Journalism Practicum I.
Option three is to become an editor at for the ESG. Editorial positions have the most responsibility; in addition to attending meetings and keeping deadlines, editors must perform specific duties such as managing funds or maintaining the ESG website. The ESG currently has several editorial positions open, including Advertising/Business Manager and Managing Editor.
These positions offer scholarships ranging from one-quarter to one-half. The Advertising/Business Manager also earns a commission based on new, paid ads acquired for the paper.
Those who want to wield editorial power next semester and reduce their tuition should submit a letter of interest and a resume to the ESG’s faculty advisor John Lusk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about joining the Erie Square Gazette, please contact us via Facebook, Twitter or our email, email@example.com.
We hope to see you next semester!
Local companies looking for new workforce members
That message came through loud and clear to the job-seeking throngs who answered the call to come out to SC4’s annual Career Fair on April 20, held at SC4’s College Center. Over 60 companies and public service organizations, representing career fields as varied as manufacturing, health care, finance and law enforcement, made a showing at the Fair.
“Employers are seeking potential employees that are a good ‘fit’ for their workplace and team,” said Julie Ruiz, a Career and Employment Specialist at SC4.
“They are looking for candidates that are flexible and open to learning and change, and also a willingness to take on additional responsibilities as the workplace gets leaner,” said Ruiz. “Manufacturing and health care continue to have strong recruitment, as well as business,” she added.
A steady stream of almost 300 determined job-seekers, many with updated resumes in hand, testified to the growing popularity of this annual SC4 event sponsored by SC4’s Career and Employment Services.
As to who comprised the list of job-seekers who attended the Fair, Ruiz commented, “Graduates looking for professional opportunities, students looking for seasonal positions or part-time work while they are in school, retirees looking for supplemental income or a second career with meaning and purpose for them, career changers due to labor market trends, and more.”
Scott Worden of Worden Insurance expressed a sentiment shared by a number of employers at this year’s Career Fair, “We’re here to cultivate a relationship with SC4. We’re local and we’re looking a way to open opportunities for SC4 students and alumni.”
For those SC4 students and alumni not able to attend the Career Fair, Career and Employment Services at SC4 provides free employment assistance which includes such services as resume and cover letter development, job search strategies, portfolio creation, as well as an up-to-date list of job postings.
For more information, go online at www.sc4.edu/jobconnect or call (810) 989-5515 to speak with an SC4 Career and Employment Services specialist.