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How the Rich Seized Control of New York | New Republic
what happened to NYC in the years between my dad leaving for war and me moving here.. just an excerpt but
newrepublic.com  nyc  wealth  poverty  city  2010s  1970s  kim_phillips-fein  book  politics  austerity  fear_city  ronald_reagan  crisis  money  real_estate 
may 2017 by cluebucket
We Are All Very Anxious | We are Plan C
"When misery stopped working as a control strategy, capitalism switched to boredom."
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"There has been a partial recuperation of the struggle against boredom. Capitalism pursued the exodus into spaces beyond work, creating the social factory – a field in which the whole society is organised like a workplace. Precarity is used to force people back to work within an expanded field of labour now including the whole of the social factory."
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"Today’s public secret is that everyone is anxious. Anxiety has spread from its previous localised locations (such as sexuality) to the whole of the social field. All forms of intensity, self-expression, emotional connection, immediacy, and enjoyment are now laced with anxiety. It has become the linchpin of subordination."
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"Our success in this performance in turn affects everything from our ability to access human warmth to our ability to access means of subsistence, not just in the form of the wage but also in the form of credit. Outsides to the field of mediatised surveillance are increasingly closed off, as public space is bureaucratised and privatised, and a widening range of human activity is criminalised on the grounds of risk, security, nuisance, quality of life, or anti-social behaviour.

"In this increasingly securitised and visible field, we are commanded to communicate. The incommunicable is excluded."
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"We’ve noticed a certain tendency for insurrectionists to refuse to take seriously the existence of psychological barriers to militant action. Their response tends to be, 'Just do it!' But anxiety is a real, material force – not simply a spook. To be sure, its sources are often rooted in spooks, but the question of overcoming the grip of a spook is rarely as simple as consciously rejecting it."
weareplanc.org  plan_c  capitalism  anxiety  system  control  misery  boredom  19th_century  20th_century  history  organization  strategy  secret  society  social_change  resist  1960s  protest  culture  work  employment  surveillance  consumerism  social_media  japan  u.k.  repression  regulation  war  parenting  poverty  theory  public  punishment  fear  compliance  situationist  action  activism  anger  power  revolution  tip  psychology  depression  apathy  BenCarson 
april 2017 by cluebucket
Noahpinion: I get what you get in ten years, in two days
"The usual economist case for income redistribution is based on utilitarianism; the idea is that $1000 matters more to a poor person than to a rich person. Mankiw wants to ditch this idea in favor of a value system based on 'just deserts':
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"In 10 years, Mike gets $250,000. That is about what Brad gets in three days (not two; sorry, Chris Brown).
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"'OK,' Mike says. 'But why, then, is Brad CEO so much more produtive than I am? Where does his $30 million productivity come from?' ... 'So let me get this straight,' Mike says. 'Brad deserves to be so much richer than me because of ability he was born with? People who are lucky enough to be born with high skills deserve to be able to get a Civic in half a day, while people who were born with fewer skills deserve to have to slave away for years if they want a Civic?'
"Anyway, Dr. Mankiw's answer is not forthcoming, and Mike cannot leave a comment on Mankiw's blog, due to the no-comments policy. So our story continues."
2013  2010s  noahpinionblog  blogspot  economics  comparison  wealth  poverty  greg_mankiw  income  chris_brown  america  ceo  wal-mart  car  noah_smith  life  work  disability  entitlement  hypocrisy  takedown  economy  charles_dickens 
march 2017 by cluebucket
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
Revenge of the Lunch Lady - The Huffington Post
"In 2014, now-House Speaker Paul Ryan said that public assistance, including school lunch, offered a “full stomach and an empty soul” because it made kids reliant on government handouts. With the party now in control of Congress and the White House—and with Michelle Obama, the program’s greatest defender, gone—school lunch is as vulnerable as it’s ever been."

paul ryan needs to have food taken away from him
west_virginia  school  food  education  government  rhonda_mccoy  jamie_oliver  poverty  agriculture  USDA  america  pizza  jane_black  20th_century  congress  hunger  welfare  ronald_reagan  republican  history  health  2017  2010  1980  1968  1946  regulation  budget  michelle_obama  paul_ryan  todd_rokita  conservative  free  CEP  change  money  organic  work  potato  soda  nutrition  success 
february 2017 by cluebucket
Critics of New York City's Zoning History Sound Off - CityLab
"A few years ago, I was asked by a group of activists in Sunset Park in Brooklyn to look at an area that was proposed for upzoning. The city planning department was claiming that on certain streets, the land was “underutilized.” I went there to look, and I saw these occupied buildings. It looked like a pretty normal street to me. But to the planners, they were “underutilized.” ... These are buzzwords that conceal."
citylab.com  city  nyc  brooklyn  housing  real_estate  legal  book  author  interview  2017  2010s  urban_planning  segregation  racism  policy  tanvi_misra  tom_angotti  sylvia_morse  poverty  wealth  history 
january 2017 by cluebucket
My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise – Athena Talks – Medium
"multiple people on this here internet thought that the words I put out there, fighting precisely these notions, were fair game to try and make money while sparing not a single afterthought to the realities of the woman who wrote those words."
medium.com  flavia_dzodan  slogan  writer  writing  feminism  capitalism  merch  appropriation  work  2010s  2000s  finance  poverty  money  public  2017 
january 2017 by cluebucket
The Third Rail
"'History furnishes ... no record of a successful intermingling between the great divisions of mankind,' warned the Baltimore Sun, the organ of city establishment, in 1865. Two decades later, the Sun suggested the best course might be just to 'let the colored people dissipate away.'"

"That was Baltimore mass rail, two decades after the system was proposed: two lines that did not connect, far short of what one needed for the network effect of a true system. Inevitably, the inadequacies of public rail left many Baltimoreans ever more reliant upon the buses — a bewildering scattering of lines that typically followed the old streetcar routes, comprehensible only to those with no alternative but to rely on them."

and Larry Hogan being awful, and more...
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march 2016 by cluebucket
universalequalityisinevitable: Peter Joseph on... - ZainaZahirah
"The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms. You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented."
zainazahira  tumblr  gif  speech  peter_joseph  poverty  death  violence  government  legal  video  screengrab  2016  2013  2010s 
march 2016 by cluebucket
Tent City, America | MetaFilter
"On a related note, a homeless man in Virginia was found to have dug a hole in the ground to sleep in in the woods behind the Fairfax Police Department..."

> "Along with sleeping gear and digging tools were educational books and writings on religion, the English language and the United States criminal justice system."
metafilter  homeless  virginia  comment  2015  2010s  fairfax  police  economy  poverty  house  home  tent_city  america  cnn.com  dirtyoldtown  yosue_joel_rios  hole  chris_herring  placesjournal.org  life  money  underground  education  wealth  camping  tent  shantytown  housing  slum  metafilter.com 
december 2015 by cluebucket
Why trying to help poor countries might actually hurt them - The Washington Post
"The United States gave aid to Ethiopia for decades under then-President Meles Zenawi Asres, because he opposed Islamic fundamentalism and Ethiopia was so poor. Never mind that Asres was 'one of the most repressive and autocratic dictators in Africa'"
angus_deaton  nobel_prize  economics  aid  charity  poverty  development  princeton  study  professor  government  corruption  health  colonialism  controversy  skepticism  criticism  ana_swanson  2015  2010s  1980s  1970s  africa  zaire  rwanda  ethiopia  somalia  biafra  khmer_rouge  cambodia  thailand  asia  war  humanitarian  the_great_escape  wealth  inequality  dictatorship  power  data  chart  growth 
october 2015 by cluebucket
Becoming Bernie
really nice read... really glad this/he exists

the least important fact (but one that sticks out in my mind) is that his older brother is "Larry Sanders."
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october 2015 by cluebucket
Growing Up Poor With Three Parents — Medium
"I'm very lucky: my parents are remarkable people who care deeply for me and did an admirable job of raising. But, it certainly didn't hurt that there were three of them."
raindrift  ian_baker  class  privilege  poverty  society  polyamory  monogamy  economics  family  relationship  benefit  childhood  medium.com  support  2015  2010s  1980s  parenting 
september 2015 by cluebucket
The heartbreaking reason four Chinese siblings drank poison and died - The Washington Post
"Popular outrage has been checked, however, by how widespread the practice is in China of parents leaving their children at home while working in distant cities."
washingtonpost  china  poverty  parenting  children  suicide  tragedy  2015  2012  2010s  welfare  michael_e_miller  responsibility  violence  loneliness  depression  left-behind  death  bijie  rural  growing_up  school  wei_lu  william?wan  guizhou  cizhu  abandonment  ren_xifen  zhang_fangqi 
july 2015 by cluebucket
The Appalling Stance of Rand Paul - NYTimes.com
"We have gone from a war on poverty in this country to a war on the poor, in which poor people are routinely demonized and scapegoated and attacked, and conservatives have led the charge.
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"To buy into this destructive lie about the character of the poor means you've either had no experience being poor, or have no capacity to empathize with their plight.
"Being poor is a job unto itself."
charles_m._blow  nytimes  op-ed  rand_paul  conservative  poor  poverty  wealth  welfare  government  politics  politician  arrogant  takedown  society  2013  2010s  america  scapegoat  effort  wage  work 
december 2013 by cluebucket
Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts
"I am not asking for sympathy. I am just trying to explain, on a human level, how it is that people make what look from the outside like awful decisions."
killermartinis  kinja.com  gawker.com  linda_tirado  writing  life  poverty  decision  class  wage  classism  work  empathy  2013  2010s  hope  defeat  lack 
december 2013 by cluebucket
Why Do Poor People 'Waste' Money On Luxury Goods?
"You have no idea what you would do if you were poor until you are poor. And not intermittently poor or formerly not-poor, but born poor, expected to be poor and treated by bureaucracies, gatekeepers and well-meaning respectability authorities as inherently poor. Then, and only then, will you understand the relative value of a ridiculous status symbol to someone who intuits that they cannot afford to not have it."
tressie_mcmillan_cottom  talkingpointsmemo  writing  poverty  status  society  culture  america  justice  bureaucracy  policy  feminism  clothing  fashion  appearance  symbol  wealth  2013  2010s  luxury 
november 2013 by cluebucket
The homeless man and the NYPD cop's boots: how a warm tale turns cold | Jonathan Jones | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"It makes poverty look simple and kindness seem a substitute for larger social change. Worst of all, the instant online fame of the image has inspired a backlash that gets nastier by the day."
guardian  jonathan_jones  op-ed  2012  nyc  nypd  lawrence_deprimo  jeffrey_hillman  homeless  poverty  charity  viral  internet  photo  public  attention  response  backlash  social_change  society  2010s  shoe 
december 2012 by cluebucket
Reporting Poverty, Emily Brennan interviews Katherine Boo - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics
"The hope is for the reader to engage with them as individuals and see how these people really do get around social obstacles, when there is a limited distribution of opportunities, when there are institutional problems, be it police corruption or poor public hospitals and schools. I don’t think readers will get invested in what potential is being squandered if they don’t engage with the people in the story as individuals. When you have a kid who is killed, I want the reader to feel what I felt and what the people of Annawadi felt, and because of that, get involved in the problems of criminal or social justice."

"Often the people who have the most verbal dexterity have had some amount of education in their lives, and you don’t want to limit your reporting to just those people. You take a kid like Sunil, the young scavenger, he’s been raising himself, so conducting long interviews and eliciting illustrative anecdotes was out of the question. When I started spending time with him, it became clear that Sunil had an extremely strong aesthetic sense that helped him through life. Moments of natural beauty were very important to him."
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"We take stories and purvey them to people with money. And in the conventions of my profession, which I try to adhere to, we can’t pay people for stories. Anyone with a conscience who does this work grapples with that reality, and if they don’t, I’d worry... But if writing about people who are not yourself is illegitimate, then the only legitimate work is autobiography; and as a reader and a citizen, I don’t want to live in that world. Because if you take a kid like Sunil, who’s been denied the possibility of an education that allows him to write his own story, and all of the people who lack the means and access to do so, they go down the memory hole. They’re lost. What it comes down to is, the only thing worse than being a poverty reporter is if no one ever wrote about it at all."
guernicamag  emily_brennan  katherine_boo  india  mumbai  annawadi  slum  poverty  reporter  writer  reporting  story  globalization  society  interview  long-term  book  behind_the_beautiful_flowers  2012  2010s  21st_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
Does anything say so much about the times we live in... - more than 95 theses
"...as the fact that the word sharing has almost everything to do with personal information and almost nothing to do with personal wealth?"
garret_keizer  writing  privacy  wealth  inequality  poverty  sharing  loss  economics  society  alan_jacobs  2000s  technology  information  book  excerpt 
august 2012 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
David Byrne's Journal: 12.13.11: Odyshape
"They too believe that what they are seeing is 'real,' despite intellectually knowing that a picture has been doctored or an actress, reality star or celebrity wife surgically enhanced. These visual buttons and triggers that are being pressed are deeply ingrained in us as a species—mere rational thinking is powerless as a way of discounting them."

"We instinctively want to believe that a merit-based world exists—that with some hard work, focus, time, effort and perseverance, you too will be rewarded with the body you see on the billboard. The same also applies to our notions of economic well-being. As a result, you have Bill O’Reilly and Newt Gingrich (among many others) implying that poor people are poor simply because they aren’t trying hard enough (note the clever segue from Barbie to politics and economics). The implication is that poor people, or anyone who isn’t successful, just aren’t applying themselves or trying hard enough. Also, that less than fabulously attractive people similarly aren’t going to the gym enough. The corollary is that Bill and Newt are as wealthy as they are because they worked hard. This, excuse me, is bullshit."
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january 2012 by cluebucket

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