Long ago, my parents told me one day I could grow up to be the President of the United States of America. Looks to me as if only the most heinous of persons would want the job now. Amirite? by Caitlin Johnstone edited by O Society October 24, 2019 Due to a very painful and … Continue reading We Created a System in Which Whoever Wants to Be President is Crazy
by David Johnson edited by O Society August 29, 2019 After the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris nearly burned down in April, the French luxury-goods magnate François-Henri Pinault was celebrated for committing €100 million to reconstruct what he called ‘this jewel of our heritage’ and ushering in a flood of donations from other benefactors and companies. Though an … Continue reading In Praise of Famous People
The Trump Era as an Occasion for Truth Telling by Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch edited by O Society April 13, 2019 Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation -- these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an … Continue reading Can We Stop Pretending Now?
by William Deresiewicz American Scholar edited by O Society April 8, 2019 It didn’t dawn on me there might be a few holes in my education until I was about 35. I’d just bought a house, the pipes needed fixing, and the plumber was standing in my kitchen. There he was, a short, beefy guy with a … Continue reading The Disadvantages of an Elite Education
https://youtu.be/meiU6TxysCg What happens when you pay two monkeys unequally? by Ron Unz American Conservative (PDF) edited by O Society Mar 21, 2019 Just before the Labor Day weekend, a front page New York Timesstory broke the news of the largest cheating scandal in Harvard University history, in which nearly half the students taking a … Continue reading The Myth of America Meritocracy
by Clifton Mark Aeon edited by O Society Mar 13, 2019 ‘We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …’ ~ Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013 ‘We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.’ … Continue reading A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you
Chuck Mertz interviews Julie Wilson This is Hell! Listen to audio of the whole interview: Transcript of the interview follows: The theory of individualism within neoliberalism is not about abstract rights or even having property. It’s that you are human capital that has to compete and must constantly be self-appreciating. The self is capital that … Continue reading The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.