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The Sameness of Cass Sunstein | The New Republic
"HOW CHANGE HAPPENS by Cass R. Sunstein The MIT Press, 344 pp., $29.95"
book  review  change  technocracy  politics  rant 
june 2019 by tsuomela
In Defense of Facts - The Atlantic
A stinging review of 3 anthologies of "literary essays" by John D'Agata.
book  review  essays  post-truth  facts  fact-checking  rant 
december 2016 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: Roll over, Frank Miller: or why the Occupy Wall Street Kids are Better than the #$%! Spartans
Well, well. I've been fuming silently at Frank Miller for a years. The time's come, so get ready for steam! Because the screech that you just read - Miller's attack on young citizens, clumsily feeling their way ahead toward saving their country - is only the latest example of Frank's astonishing agenda. One that really needs exposure to light.

I'll do it by dissecting - calmly and devastatingly - his most famous and lucrative piece of modern propaganda. The comic book and movie tale about Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.
comics  movie  history  greek  ancient  rant  criticism  freedom 
november 2011 by tsuomela
Is America Giving Up on the Future? - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"There's a glum desperation in the air that's hard to escape: volatility, futility, and a McFuture ghoulishly wagging its skeletal finger at a lost generation."
economics  recession  depression  change  future  vision  hope  rant 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Chris Hedges: This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig
"This time when we go down it will be global. There are no new lands to pillage, no new peoples to exploit. Technology, which has obliterated the constraints of time and space, has turned our global village into a global death trap. The fate of Easter Island will be writ large across the broad expanse of planet Earth."
decline  declension-narrative  rant  future  global-warming  climate  change  decay 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Moloch
"But mostly what happens, what the Republicans expect to happen because they work to make it happen, is that people either don’t allow themselves to think about it or they scapegoat.

They don’t have to think about their kids, don’t have to worry about them. Their kids are going to be fine. Their kids and grandkids are going to be among the winners. It’s their kids who’ll suffer. Them. Those others. The losers."
rant  tea-party  conservatism  politics  economics  taxes  tax-cuts  ideology 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Egypt's Revolution: Coming to an Economy Near You - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
Now, I don't think Americans will take to the streets to oust their government. The challenge of the democratic, developed world is a quieter rebellion: against a bankruptcy not just of the pocketbook, but of meaning. It's not to take a stand against a dictator, but to take a stand against an unenlightened, nihilistic, hyperconsumerist, soul-suckingly unfulfilling, lethally short-termist ethos that inflicts real and relentless damage on people, society, the natural world, and future generations.
future  economics  growth  consumerism  rant 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Class « The Reality-Based Community
Real class is what the economic aristocracy of our country has almost entirely lost. The American rich are wallowing in a moral slough, grasping for more and more money they have no clue what to do with, and venting their frustration that climbing over each other to new heights of wretched excess brings no satisfaction by lashing out at every social institution, and at a government whose largesse is never enough for them.
class  wealth  money  rant 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Notional Slurry » What is your academic paper for?
This convention of unreadable, distant, self-effacing, four-page, two-column, Times Roman fact is not a bow to “reality”, you know. Reality doesn’t give a damn what you say about it, or how many words or pages you use.

It is, rather, the very mechanism by which your career makes you its prey. The sound of droning-but-succinct academic “prose” is the sound of your soul’s bones being chewed by your Institution.
academia  paper  writing  rant 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Who Is IOZ?: Leverage
"Skills" applied to workers, whatever color the collar, are a gatekeeping scam, a device of the technocratic, managerial elite to maintain their workforce in a state of utter dependence, to tether workers to the will of the bosses just as surely as non-portable health insurance and the expiration of unemployment benefits. They are part of a strategy whereby employers can anytime deprive workers of their jobs, but workers can never bargain with their own labor. Quit your job, take six months off, and try to find another. Just try. "Well, your resmume is very good, but there does appear to be a substantial period of unaccounted-for unemployment here. We're just a little concerned that your skill sets may not be fully current with what we're looking for . . ." The idea of rapidly sunsetting skills, of a worker's obsolescence in the face of six months or a year or two of less-than-fulltime employment, is a fraud. It has nothing to do with ability and everything to do with compliance.
economics  rant  skills  employment  business 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Dennis Perrin: New Century Smell
Perrin segues from terrorism and revenge to a comment on living life as a cleaner. Links to other essays on life as a cleaner.
essay  2000s  rant  politics  terrorism  labor  work  class 
december 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: The Iron Cheer of Empire
But you won't hear anyone complaining. America doesn't like whiners. A whiner or a cynic is about the worst thing you can be in the land of gunpoint optimism. Foreigners often remark on the upbeat American personality. I assure them that our American corpocracy has its ways of pistol whipping or sedating its human assets into the appropriate level of cheeriness.
american  culture  work  labor  attitude  capitalism  money  cynicism  rant 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The M-Shaped Recovery - Umair Haque -
Under the rules of financial capitalism, corporations have become experts at extracting value — but not at creating it. Prosperity wasn't shared because 20th century organizations weren't built to share it. 20th century organizations were built to create value for shareholders, by acting "strategically" at anyone and everyone else's expense, by any means necessary: through lobbying, monopoly power, cost-shifting and hiding, or, most recently, trillions in bailouts.
recession  rant  economics  capitalism  business  recovery  meaning  crisis 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: On replacing voters with clients and citizens with customers
The business of America is business. We don't make anything anymore. We don't build much of anything and we barely bother to keep what our grandparents built in repair. We grow less and less. We create fewer and fewer better mousetraps. And the only reason we make, build, repair, grow, and create the little that we do is to sell it at the highest possible price. Our economy is based on everybody doing business with one another. It's based on buying and selling. It's based on all of us looking at each other as potential customers, which is to say that it's based on all of us looking to take advantage of each other to make a profit of some kind.
rant  business  economics  ethics  community  human 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: The Entertainment Value of Snuffing Grandma
Consequently, they are incapable of asking themselves a simple question: If insurance corporation profits are one third of the cost of healthcare, and all insurance corporations do is deliver our money to healthcare providers for us (or actually, do everything in their power to keep the money for themselves), why do we need insurance companies at all? Answer: Because Wall Street gets a big piece of the action.
rant  health-care  gloom-and-doom  reform  illusion  american  class  wall-street 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: Corporations Are Now After Our Very Beings
Cognitive capitalism -- just when we thought there were no new ways to get screwed
rant  capitalism  politics  system  consumerism 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: The Bastards Never Die
A short history of why we eat oil, can't smoke pot, and why assault weapons are so expensive in our hour of need
rant  politics  money  wealth  power 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Matt Taibbi - Taibblog - The real price of Goldman’s giganto-profits - True/Slant
Taibbi gives a good rant on the subsidies that boosted Goldman Sachs profits to record levels.
business  business-as-usual  economics  regulatory-capture  banking  finance  profit  subsidy  rant 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Who Is IOZ?: Ejaculatio Praecox, Once More
a rant on the last 30 years of supposed prosperity
economics  politics  rant  wealth 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Economists are the forgotten guilty men | Anatole Kaletsky - Times Online
"On those two dubious adjectives “rational” and “efficient” an enormous theoretical superstructure of models, regulatory prescriptions and computer simulations was built. And without this intellectual framework, the bankers and politicians would never have built the towers of bad debt and bad policy that have come crashing down."
economics  academic  theory  gloom-and-doom  you-need-a-good-scolding  commentary  rant  failure  regulation  government 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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