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Fairfax County, USA | Jacobin
"The Clinton campaign carried this brand of liberalism faithfully forward. It represented the apotheosis of a Democratic Party leadership that primarily envisions the working class as a downtrodden group in need of help, rather than a sleeping giant in need of organization. A leadership that views politics as a room where clever experts hash out benevolent policies for the neediest, rather than a field of mass struggle in which everybody’s basic welfare is at stake. A leadership that may be genuinely tolerant, inclusive, and compassionate, but whose own class blinders make it almost impossible for them to think about progressive politics in terms of collective self-interest."
politics  jacobinmag.com  2016  2010s  election  hillary_clinton  campaign  strategy  failure  work  class  poverty  wealth  statistic  matt_karp  donald_trump  race  income  state  suburb  democrat  vote 
march 2017 by cluebucket
The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems
social entrepreneurship abroad / reductive "solutions"

"Some delopment workers even have an acronym that they use to describe these initiatives: SWEDOW (stuff we don't want)."

"don't go because you've fallen in love with solvability. Go because you've fallen in love with complexity."
thedevelopmentset.com  courtney_martin  health  activism  essay  problem  social_change  privilege  poverty  kickstarter  failure  world  risk  development  manufacturing  aidwatch  altruism  government  zambia  industry  delusion  uganda  nonprofit  david_bornstein  2000s  energy  product  question  tinder  c.z._nnaemeka  glamour  neglect  america  molly_melching  senegal  technology  culture 
march 2017 by cluebucket
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
"The big mistake in this pattern of [the authoritarian high-modernist recipe for] failure is projecting your subjective lack of comprehension onto the object you are looking at, as 'irrationality.' We make this mistake because we are tempted by a desire for legibility."
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"the all-seeing statist eye in the sky"
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"The reason the formula is generally dangerous... is that it does not operate by a thoughtful consideration of local/global tradeoffs, but through the imposition of a singular view as 'best for all' in a pseudo-scientific sense."
venkatesh_rao  ribbonfarm.com  2010  2010s  james_c_scott  blog  organization  failure  reality  society  philosophy  order  utopia  power  nature  control  government  nomad  gypsy  mainstream  map  structure  germany  metaphor  simple  eye  psychology  anxiety  steven_johnson  brain  pattern  name  philippines  vision  reform  city  urban_planning  book  review  caste  architecture 
march 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @StigAbell
"Amazing Guardian comment on the poisoned chalice of . "

'... he is also finished. Boris Johnson knows all this. When he acts like the dumb blond it is just that: an act.'
brexit  stig_abell  twitter.com  guardian  comment  u.k.  boris_johnson  david_cameron  leadership  failure  2016  2010s  politics  politician  from twitter_favs
june 2016 by cluebucket
Great white nope case file #45: Kreayshawn’s Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay · My World Of Flops · The A.V. Club
"In hindsight, it’s a little odd that a Kreayshawn album exists at all. She’s a consummate YouTube phenomenon, and there is a huge gulf between the level of commitment required to press a button and watch a music video for free and the level required to spend actual money on an artist’s album. There were lots of folks willing to press a button to watch 'Gucci Gucci' on YouTube—and almost none willing to actually buy her album."
avclub  nathan_rabin  culture  kreayshawn  album  flop  2015  2010s  2011  2012  youth  record_label  video  writing  tacky  somethin_bout_kreay  failure  success  music  pop  icon 
september 2015 by cluebucket
Why I Stopped Trying to Be a Supermom and Started Being Myself Again
Good Enough Parenting etc

"I was a feed bag that sang nursery rhymes to a mute lump of perfection, and the whole thing was melting my brain. Worst of all, it seemed like no one noticed."
jezebel.com  jane_marie  mother  parenting  supermom  life  perfection  perfectionist  time  therapy  failure  self-esteem  2015  2010s 
april 2015 by cluebucket
New Dawn Coaching and Training – Do you have Baby Elephant Syndrome?
"Early in life, a baby elephant is tied to a tree with a strong rope. Since the elephant naturally wants to roam, it pulls and tugs in an attempt to free itself from confinement. But since it is still small and relatively weak, such efforts yield no results. The baby elephant learns quite early in life that it will have no success in releasing itself from the rope; it then stops trying to escape.

"Later on, when the elephant has grown into a creature of tremendous size and strength, it could undoubtedly now take the rope AND the tree with it in an easy stab at freedom. Yet, the massive elephant remains tied to the tree via a simple rope. Since its mind has been conditioned by previous attempts – and failures – at success, the elephant won’t even try to break free anymore."
2013  2010s  new_dawn  newdawncoachingandtraining.com  elephant  animal  allegory  emotion  choice  will  action  trauma  conditioning  limit  failure  escape  strength 
november 2014 by cluebucket
Suicide and the Economy - Elizabeth MacBride - The Atlantic
"My family had not only refused to speak of Roy, they rewrote the story of his death. Within hours, they closed ranks. A second cousin, a local policeman, told the newspaper Roy was subject to fainting spells. His mother said he died of a heart attack in a parking garage; according to another family story, he’d fallen in front of a train. Eventually, the lie became the truth. I flipped through the journals his mother wrote in 1950s. She mentioned Roy once, when a passerby reminded her of him. Then she went back later and whited out his name."
suicide  theatlantic  depression  economy  1920s  1930s  america  family  2013  2010s  death  memory  mental_health  crisis  psychology  employment  failure  life  library  news  roy_humphrey  nyc  new_jersey  elizabeth_macbride  stigma  society  survival  denial  guilt  shame  emotion 
september 2013 by cluebucket
The Failure of 'Failing Schools' Transcript - On The Media
"No Child Left Behind sets up a whole high stakes testing regime and holds schools to various standards, one of which enables politicians, school boards, etc., to declare schools “failing.” But the phrase has been made generic, and the term is, importantly, politicized. Politicians run on the basis of fixing the failing schools."
paul_farhi  onthemedia  interview  radio  education  america  failure  school  no_child_left_behind  teacher  politics  poverty  bias  journalism  2012  2010s  21st_century 
may 2012 by cluebucket
Siri Failures, Illustrated | Amadi Talks
"Is this the most terrible programming failure ever? No. Is this worth a boycott of Apple? I don’t think so. What it is, however, is a demonstration of a problem. Especially when certain topics seem to be behind a black wall where information that’s readily available online is not being 'found' or presented. This is something that Apple and/or Wolfram Alpha need to address and rectify."
screengrab  smartphone  apple  wolfram_alpha  amaditalks  siri  iphone  technology  abuse  rape  resource  help  information  search  hospital  failure  birth_control  ec  assault  emergency  2011  2010s  21st_century 
december 2011 by cluebucket

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