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Twenty-Two Pages of Corporate Education Advertising, Or, The Atlantic Monthly’s “Special Report”

Twenty-Two Pages of Corporate Education Advertising, Or, The Atlantic Monthly’s “Special Report”

[Cross-posted at Schools Matter.] This begins a series of readings concerned with the articles and images found in the October Atlantic Monthly which promote the “Reform Agenda” of both conservatives and liberals (as power has no pure politics). I will primarily be concerned with the conveyance of ideology. However, I have asked my Errant collaborator Doug Martin […]

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Derivative Dystopias, Or Versions of America

From “Fired for Wearing the Wrong Color Shirt: The Scary Truth About Our Lack of Workplace Protections,” On March 16, at least 14 employees of the Elizabeth R. Wellborn law firm, located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, wore orange shirts to work. For this style choice, they were marched into a conference room and summarily fired. […]

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Desertification, or Living Nowhere

Here are things I cannot change that make me angry and perhaps you might share a similar list: War; anything that is war dressed up under other terms; fraud; exclusionary self-interest; that same interest commended and encouraged as something natural; profit calculated via actuarial risks.  And so on.  In other words, American culture, American economy, […]

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Dissent and Disinterest: Cause IN Common

Cause IN Common: A Call to Action Storm for Governor A Foundational Antagonism: our first step dis·sent verb (used without object) 1. to differ in sentiment or opinion, especially from the majority; withhold assent; disagree (often followed by from ) 2. to disagree with the methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government; take […]

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Conservatives to Occupy Duty: Cities Must Heed Business Interests

In my local Sunday newspaper, the day of greatest readership (at least in terms of print circulation), a front page story discussing how one of our schools has adopted the “Artful Learning” curriculum continues onto page A-6 where it shares that page with the Police Beat and a large 4-color advertisement for an Ivy Tech […]

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Moments of Execution

It has been pointed out that the US economy is bogged down with corporatism’s replication of middle management.  We lay off actual workers and rescind public programs in order to find more ways to pay the managers with their upper level degrees.  (How wonderful that we want to make more of them, convincing all citizens […]

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Drowning in Bathtubs: (Dis)Trusting Public Officials

Before we start, recall that Grover Norquist (best friends with guys like felon Jack Abramoff and moral majority manipulator Ralph Reed, reprehensible thugs of the Machiavellian political underclass), chieftain of corrupt practices masquerading as “tax policy” positions and anti-tax pledges is a man of considerable influence in government and has been for decades.  (Who are […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]