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Jeremiah, American-Style | New Republic
"Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch By Eric Miller"
book  review  biography  culture  critique  conservative  liberalism  populism  democracy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The Radical Lasch | The American Conservative
"The Marxian social historian saw past the limits of liberalism to a true middle-class populism."
culture  critique  conservative  liberalism  populism  democracy 
july 2017 by tsuomela
The PC Debate, Sullied | Chris Lehmann
Responding to Charles Murray Middlebury protest and the reaction of Andrew Sullivan in NYMag.
political-correctness  intersectionality  race  theory  libertarian  critique 
march 2017 by tsuomela
The Power of Market Fundamentalism — Fred Block, Margaret R. Somers | Harvard University Press
"What is it about free-market ideas that give them tenacious staying power in the face of such manifest failures as persistent unemployment, widening inequality, and the severe financial crises that have stressed Western economies over the past forty years? Fred Block and Margaret Somers extend the work of the great political economist Karl Polanyi to explain why these ideas have revived from disrepute in the wake of the Great Depression and World War II, to become the dominant economic ideology of our time. Polanyi contends that the free market championed by market liberals never actually existed. While markets are essential to enable individual choice, they cannot be self-regulating because they require ongoing state action. Furthermore, they cannot by themselves provide such necessities of social existence as education, health care, social and personal security, and the right to earn a livelihood. When these public goods are subjected to market principles, social life is threatened and major crises ensue. Despite these theoretical flaws, market principles are powerfully seductive because they promise to diminish the role of politics in civic and social life. Because politics entails coercion and unsatisfying compromises among groups with deep conflicts, the wish to narrow its scope is understandable. But like Marx’s theory that communism will lead to a “withering away of the State,” the ideology that free markets can replace government is just as utopian and dangerous."
book  publisher  economics  free-markets  markets  markets-uber-alles  critique 
september 2016 by tsuomela
No Crisis: A LARB Special Series - The Los Angeles Review of Books
"“No Crisis” is a Los Angeles Review of Books special series considering the state of critical thinking and writing — literary interpretation, art history, and cultural studies — in the 21st century. A new installment to the series will be released at the beginning of each month through the fall of 2015. Our aim, as our introductory essay explains, is to "show that the art of criticism is flourishing, rich with intellectual power and sustaining beauty, in hard times.""
criticism  critique  2015  literature  series 
april 2015 by tsuomela
The American Scholar: Instant Gratification - Paul Roberts
"Paul Roberts is the author of The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification, from which this essay has been adapted."
society  impulse  psychology  culture  narcissism  critique  capitalism 
september 2014 by tsuomela
We need to talk about TED | Benjamin Bratton | Comment is free | theguardian.com
"TED of course stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and I'll talk a bit about all three. I Think TED actually stands for: middlebrow megachurch infotainment."
popularize  technology  futurism  futures  critique  innovation 
january 2014 by tsuomela
There Are More Things on Heaven and Earth Than Dreamt of in Your Critique | Easily Distracted
"overall frustrations I have with large strains and tendencies in work that I want to like more than I do, including issues I sometimes see in the writing of my students. So here are six tendencies that I have a problem with:"
criticism  critique  culture  academia  style  argument 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Prolapsarian A Letter to Goldsmiths art students on capitalism, art and pseudo-critique
"The pseudo-critical stance of these artworks makes a mistake in terms of the object of its critique: again and again, what is called into question is “capitalism”, which is taken to be some conceptual whole, plucked from the heaven of ideas, and imported directly into the artwork as an object of ridicule. The type of capitalism that is the object of critique is seemingly a wholly abstract thing. Capitalism exists for these artworks not as an historical process, a dynamic governing relations between people, and between people and nature, but instead merely as a critical concept, pristine from the theory tool-box. It is not the capitalism that might be known from the experience of exploitation, the submission of humans to the laws of value. It isn’t a capitalism that holds within it technical determinations, not one that leaves historical traces of the destruction it wrought, not one that weighs more heavily on us with that every life it crushed. Instead, it is a “capitalism” borrowed from the pages of the latest offerings of Semiotext(e) or ZeroBooks. "
art  conceptual  modern-art  critique  capitalism  from instapaper
july 2013 by tsuomela
The Meme Hustler | Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler
"The enduring emptiness of our technology debates has one main cause, and his name is Tim O’Reilly. The founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, a seemingly omnipotent publisher of technology books and a tireless organizer of trendy conferences, O’Reilly is one of the most influential thinkers in Silicon Valley. Entire fields of thought—from computing to management theory to public administration—have already surrendered to his buzzwordophilia, but O’Reilly keeps pressing on. Over the past fifteen years, he has given us such gems of analytical precision as “open source,” “Web 2.0,” “government as a platform,” and “architecture of participation.” O’Reilly doesn’t coin all of his favorite expressions, but he promotes them with religious zeal and enviable perseverance. While Washington prides itself on Frank Luntz, the Republican strategist who rebranded “global warming” as “climate change” and turned “estate tax” into “death tax,” Silicon Valley has found its own Frank Luntz in Tim O’Reilly. "
silicon-valley  personality  influence  memes  technology  criticism  critique  open-source  from instapaper
april 2013 by tsuomela
Visions of Barbie | ROUGH TYPE
"What we see today is a much truer version of a “democratized” information economy, which turns out to be bland, homogenized, and infused with a consumerist ethic. The contested Barbie has been pushed back into “feminist-criticism symposia and undergraduate courses” — back to the offline and online margins. Slee was not quite right when he said that the more recent Google searches for Barbie are “owned by Mattel.” They’re not. They’re owned by us. The distinction, though, is trivial."
internet  culture  history  critique  consumerism  midcult  business  search  search-engine 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Philosopher of Love | The American Conservative
"To live well, Schindler argues, is to live in a way that is proper to our being. Conversely, when a misapprehension of being structures our thinking and actions, we experience unhappiness, brokenness, and poverty in its deepest sense—the absence of meaning. He believes that the modern liberal project from Descartes to Rawls is based on a radical misunderstanding of the nature of reality. Specifically, liberalism fails to apprehend that “love is the basic act and order of things.” Love brings all there is into existence, it is through love that all there is continues in existence, and it is for love that all things exist. Reality is in this sense triadic: all things are in, through, and for love. Being might therefore be said to be an order or “logic” of love."
philosophy  theology  love  belief  metaphysics  liberalism  critique  conservative 
february 2013 by tsuomela
To the Precinct Station: How theory met practice ...and drove it absolutely crazy | Thomas Frank | The Baffler
"The reason Occupy and the Tea Party were such uncanny replicas of one another is because they both drew on the lazy, reflexive libertarianism that suffuses our idea of protest these days, all the way from Disney Channel teens longing to be themselves to punk rock teens vandalizing a Starbucks. From Chris Hedges to Paul Ryan, every dissenter imagines that they are rising up against “the state.” It’s in the cultural DNA of our times, it seems; our rock ‘n’ roll rebels, our Hollywood heroes, even our FBI agents. They all hate the state—protesters in Zuccotti Park as well as the Zegna-wearing traders those protesters think they’re frightening. But here’s the rub: only the Right manages to profit from it."
occupy  2011  history  critique  politics  leftism  ideology  academic  theory 
february 2013 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Veblen on universities
"In 1918 Thorstein Veblen wrote a surprising short book about the administration and governance of American universities, The Higher Learning In America.  What is most surprising about the book is its date of publication. The critique he offers might have seemed familiar in 1968, whereas it seems precocious in 1918."
education  college  university  academia  critique  1910s  history 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Wheaton College, C.S. Lewis
"When someone defensively prefers the nightmare to the evidence, then we know — we know — that he enjoys the nightmare. We know that it serves some emotional or political need for him — a need so great that reality itself cannot stop him from trying to meet it." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/07/23/wheaton-college-c-s-lewis-bad-jackie-on-preferring-the-nightmare-to-reality/
evangelical  religion  critique  belief  evil  other  evidence  rationality  fear  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
What if Interactivity is the New Passivity? Jonathan Sterne / McGill University | Flow
"What if all the bad things that media critics have been said about passivity for the past century or two are now equally applicable to all the demands to interact, to participate? What if interactivity is now one of the central hinges through which power works? In many moments today, the most compliant gesture we can make is to consent to interact on the terms presented to us by our software and machines. "
media  critique  criticism  passivity  interaction  interactive  television  social-media  critical-theory  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
anti-internet texts from the 1990s - Vacuum
"A collection of anti-Internet texts from the mid-1990s. Each of these were written at the point just as the net was unquestionably entering its stage of hyper-growth, absorbing more and more personal time as well as gobbling up independent networks into its own."
1990s  internet  technology  critique  online 
july 2011 by tsuomela
It's Not the Technology, Stupid! Response to NYT "Twitter Trap" | HASTAC

It is just so hard to believe how many reputable intellectuals, writers, scientists, social scientists, and even educators are willing to indulge in a specious logic that they would never allow on another topic. They like to say that the Internet makes us shallow, stupid, distracted, lonely, or, in the case of this piece by the executive editor of the New York Times, that it somehow compromises us morally and spiritually: "My own anxiety," Keller writes, "is less about the cerebrum than about the soul." I can only imagine an executive of his stature snickering with derision remembering how so-called "primitive people" said exactly the same thing about photography. "
social-media  criticism  critique  online  behavior  psychology  technology-critique  technology-effects 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Against catastrophism « LBO News from Doug Henwood
"since the historical evidence mostly shows that crises are good for the right, not the left. Crises make people want to retreat to the familiar, not strike out in new directions. So here and in many other places around the world, we’re seeing an upsurge in nativism and xenophobia, not solidarity. The 1930s were an exception, but that’s because things got really really awful then, with the unemployment rate maxing out at 25%. Times have been bad here lately, but nothing like that. Do we really want to see the unemployment rate more than double because it might be good for politics?"
politics  catastrophe  crisis  progressive  capitalism  critique  economics  ideology 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Notional Slurry » Richard Rorty, Voltairine de Cleyre, Peter Drucker and Clay Shirky walk into a bar…
The risk these social forces pose is that the increased potential for general and popular success of smart people draws our local unsung luminaries up and away. So they can talk amongst themselves.

And not with us.

We should be linked to one another by conversations that look back and forward and down, and most of all sideways at one another. Not just “up” at our luminous colleagues, our canon, but across at the friend we never suspected knew so much about that thing we were working on together.

I’ve come to detest the consensus of shared culture and its keepers, and our canon, and the news we’re told. I’m trying to rely more on the people in my presence, and the people they know personally.
We’re all of us always wrong. I pity the famous, the canon-makers, the revealers of truth, my professor friends because they’ve sacrificed their right to be wrong at the altar of Progress.

And as far as I can tell, that means they’re stuck; they’re not allowed to make mistakes in public.
community  pragmatism  anarchism  critique  business  success  professionalization  meritocracy  thinking 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Democracy & the left
The thing is, the left should be ambivalent about democracy, at least in its current forms, for two reasons.
First, in prioritizing stated preferences over justice, it gives too much weight to the interests of the noisy but wrongly discontented privileged and not enough weight to those of the silent poor who have resigned themselves to their fate.
Secondly, cognitive biases research has shown that Marx was wholly correct on an important point. There are mechanisms which generate false beliefs, and these beliefs tend to support the existing order and hostility to the worst-off.
democracy  leftism  liberal  critique  poverty  utility  economics  justice  fairness 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: AdBusters: Questioning Economics In The Wake Of Crisis
Paul Rosenberg on ..current issue of AdBusters, "Thought Control in Economics". While some of the pieces are little more than comments, and could have been written decades ago, others help put together a picture of possibilities beyond the conventional thinking in economics, which still seems incapable of really coming to grips with the financial crisis we're still struggling to get out of.
economics  post-autistic  critique  heterodoxy  review 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Strange Death of Ordinary Language Philosophy
Words and Things by the Czech anthropologist Ernest Gellner (1925–1995), a book that caused a heated worldwide controversy on its first publication in 1959, but is practically forgotten nowadays. Words and Things is a vehement attack on the style of philosophizing known as "linguistic philosophy," "Oxford analysis" or, most often, "ordinary language philosophy" — I will henceforth call it OLP for short. OLP was identified mainly with British analytic philosophers of the last mid-century and more specifically those at the University of Oxford.
philosophy  history  language  critique  ordinary-language 
august 2009 by tsuomela
infinite thØught: marazzi on the violence of financial capitalism
What is a financial market? Textbooks tell you that it is a way of financing the economy. Only 1% of capital accumulated in financial markets is used for investment, the rest is self-financing. Finance is not a way of financing the real economy but of increasing profits beyond the real economy.
finance  financial-services  banking  money  economics  profit  critique 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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