I say this respectfully and not with intent to draw ire but just to poke at your logic a bit…the problem is simply “want”. What I mean by that is that we currently live in an economic system in which workers in the jobs you reference are basically compelled to sell their labor to corporations in order to just have the basic means to survival-food, shelter, etc Labor is viewed and treated as a commodity just as a television or an xbox 360. The market is a disciplining force. It is a compelling force. It’s maxim is maximization of profit at whatever cost. And one of those costs is labor. So if every company in these sectors is offering shitty wages for long hours then the fact is workers have no where else to go. If the exploitation existed with just a few companies then those companies would quickly go out of business because no one would want to work under their conditions when they have the freedom to choose better conditions. The problem is there is a monopoly on exploitation in the sectors you reference, and so the conditions are set for the labor market to act as a compelling force. People need to have access to the basic means of survival. This is the reality of wage labor. Continue reading →
Should a high school students, college student, or even an adult who has long since graduated from formal schooling be expected to value what is termed the Western literary canon just because it is held in such high regard by the individuals who first dubbed it the Western literary canon?
I pose this question after reading what I consider to be a semi-polemical work by University of Virginia English Professor, Mark Edmundson, entitled Why Teach, in which he claims in the chapter headed “Narcissus Regards His Book/ The Common Reader Now” that the devaluation of so-called Western Culture and the Western literary canon is caused by a growing “culture industry” in the United States in which the main standard by which society judges a work of literature is its ability to elicit feelings of pleasure and satisfaction from readers, Continue reading →
No, some white people, you are not, never have been, and never will be victims of Black oppression in this country.
No, some white people, some of you still do not fully understand the nature of the oppressor/ oppressed relationship. Evidence? You read James Baldwin, and you feel insulted. Evidence? You didn’t really read and think about the implications and assumptions embedded in your comments to this post before writing them Why don’t you read James Baldwin and actually THINK about what he’s saying? Why don’t you read James Baldwin and try as hard as you can to put yourself in the shoes of James Baldwin? Because if you haven’t, you haven’t really read James Baldwin. Why don’t you read over your comments to this post and really THINK about the implications and assumptions of your comments? Or perhaps I’ll do it, since there is very little chance you will.
Let’s start with this one.
1) “I don’t normally reply to these articles, but I have to speak up. Just because an outfit is in poor taste, doesn’t mean that they can’t wear it. Flip the roles if you will. Are you offended when a minority dresses as Hitler? or George Bush? By the rationale you propose “Western-Europeans” should be. Your article is at the very heart is racist and segregationist at the same time. The fact that people feel more comfortable today expressing themselves across cultures and ethnicity is the true statement of their lack of racism and their willingness to express themselves as they see fit. You have a right to be offended, true. But I still have a right to express myself. Also, if you look at the actual history of Halloween you will see that it is all about ACTUAL dead people. Get your facts straight please. Stop perpetuating your racism and let human nature and humor live on.” Continue reading →
Every October people around the world get dressed up and attend various costumed parties or functions, usually in some connection to Halloween. Inevitably stories and pictures emerge of white people dressing up in racial or cultural costumes that some find racist and offensive.
People of many different cultures have been addressing this issue for some time.
The NSA does not protect the American people. The NSA does not help catch terrorists. The NSA does not stop terrorist attacks.
The NSA does protect the American government from the American people. The NSA does threaten the freedom and liberty of the American people. The actions of the NSA do display the ongoing moral degradation of the American government. The NSA does work to extend and ensure U.S. imperial hegemony across the globe. Continue reading →
So I intend to start my own podcast, and this is the introduction I devised. Tell me what you think. Too long? I definitely know it’s not too short. Too combative? To be totally honest, I like that aspect. This is serious business and I’m not going to coddle anyone’s right/left bias. But that doesn’t mean I’m a centrist either, in respect to the way the term is used to describe someone who combines elements of both parties. I’m intending to use some variation of this introduction for every show, but just for this first one I want to use the Juan Cole quote. Obviously, that’s not going to be part of every intro. Just to be sure, there are some radio programs that give a broad slightly drawn out introduction of what the general gist of the show is, on every show. One example is the Progressive Commentary Hour starring Gary Null. Since I obviously won’t start off with many listeners and there will always be new listeners, I think that’s the best road to take. Input is very much appreciated. Continue reading →