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Joe Beef and the Unfortunate Appeal of Ignorance - HeadSpaceHeadSpace
“Business is business” may seem like a reasoned reply to the sometimes unfortunate consequences of daily commerce, but it’s really more sidestepping pleasantry than wise commercial aphorism. It neatly avoids the deeper questions and collateral damages of the capitalist model we all live in, allowing those directly involved to continue with their singular pursuit of More, while giving those on the outside permission to go blissfully on with their day-to-day, all parties very relieved to be free of any direct responsibility, clutching their believed free-passes as they drive on through the ruins.

The factory owner polluting waterways to save on operational costs, the oil company lobbying government so they can keep on drilling, the advertiser playing on our insecurities – all share the bond of trading something valuable in ways hard to measure for the chance at more.
capitalism  montreal  cafe  local  business  2015 
june 2015 by jju
The limits of the literary | Education | Universities | Mail & Guardian
The only viable defence of the university is one grounded in an idea of its role in society as a force contrary to power elites and dominant orthodoxies, and is expressed as an active rather than a static defence (to employ military metaphor), one that engages with the premises of the producers of blueprints and recipes in a radical and ideologically confrontational way.

Otherwise, we are going to follow a logic of change that will produce something that fits in beautifully with our corporate-capitalist view of the world and is there to service its strategic objectives, however narrowly they may be conceived and however alien they are to what we need to teach ourselves and our future generations about what it is to be human and what is important in our history (and histories), our art, our music and our literature.

We should not leave this to the writers of dystopian fiction and voices crying out in an ever-increasing wilderness.
2014  university  academia  library  capitalism 
february 2014 by jju
From the left: Is our education an indoctrination system?
To the new students, here is my message to you: do not be afraid to engage in revolutionary acts of sedition. Do not be afraid to challenge social and economic power structures that you have taken for granted your entire life. Be brave enough to question every professor, every moral, every social norm, everything that you have ever learned. Be and express yourself in a way that you choose, no matter what the system does to try and condition you to be otherwise. Question everything. Accept nothing.
education  capitalism  questions  criticalthinking  university  noamchomsky  2013 
september 2013 by jju
Vonnegut and Labor | Jacobin
Vonnegut imagines meaningful work as a creative act that imbues life with meaning. Vonnegut and Marx are both committed to restoring the unity of “species-being,” and this existential sympathy for the laborer impels Vonnegut’s ethics. Vonnegut, like Marx, marries a vicious critique against capitalism with a deep reverence for the oppressed human. Vonnegut’s desire for humans to live meaningful, unalienated lives echoes Marx’ famous formulation in The German Ideology that the unalienated human may “hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind.”

Vonnegut likens socialism to Christianity, which he argues are quite similar, though they are sometimes pitted against each other.
politics  kurtvonnegut  capitalism  socialism  labour  marx  2013 
september 2013 by jju
Steal This Article – The New Inquiry
But the head of Walmart is not your grandmother. Stealing from a corrupt class of corporate elites who would rather a thousand Bangladeshis die horrific deaths in burning sweatshops than see profits fall half a percent, for example, is not wrong at all. Indeed, taking from the unjustly rich and giving back to the undeservedly poor, even if that’s just you and your own, is the most morally upright thing one can do in an age of multinational robber barons exploiting and polluting the commons.
capitalism  politics  theft  society  culture  2013 
september 2013 by jju
Feminism’s Tipping Point: Who Wins from Leaning in? | Dissent Magazine
Sandberg has penned not so much a new Feminine Mystique as an updated Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
feminism  facebook  culture  gender  capitalism  leanin  work  business  2013 
august 2013 by jju
What Work Is Really For
True freedom requires that we take part in the market as fully formed agents, with life goals determined not by advertising campaigns but by our own experience of and reflection on the various possibilities of human fulfillment.  Such freedom in turn requires a liberating education, one centered not on indoctrination, social conditioning or technical training but on developing persons capable of informed and intelligent commitments to the values that guide their lives.

This is why, especially in our capitalist society, education must not be primarily for training workers or consumers (both tools of capitalism, as Marxists might say). Rather, schools should aim to produce self-determining agents who can see through the blandishments of the market and insist that the market provide what they themselves have decided they need to lead fulfilling lives.  Capitalism, with its devotion to profit, is not in itself evil.   But it becomes evil when it controls our choices for the sake of profit.
work  philosophy  life  leisure  capitalism  politics  2012 
september 2012 by jju
‘Time-wars’ by Mark Fisher
Only prisoners have time to read, and if you want to engage in a twenty-year long research project funded by the state, you will have to kill someone.
culture  economics  time  work  capitalism  2012  prison  reading 
august 2012 by jju
Deconstructing our future
Shorter version: a big chunk of the "accelerating change" meme actually emerges from our experience of the future shock induced by our Martian invaders — the corporatist liquidation or privatisation of human social structures not mediated by money, culminating ultimately in the experience of disaster capitalism.

Yes, there is rapid technological progress in some areas. It's not all bad. But the beneficiaries of that particular shift (a narrow technological elite, and their masters in the shape of the 0.1%, the financial/social engineers who direct the new hive-organism aristocracy) have made a fetish out of change, ignoring (for the most part) the uncomfortable fact that "creative destruction" is an oxymoron:
future  capitalism  2012  charlesstross  tech  singularity 
may 2012 by jju

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