Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis Editorial 25_03.
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Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis Editorial 25_03.
We trade in the responsibilities of democratic citizenship for the pleasure of a superfan’s enthusiasm by simply backing whatever is being pushed by the political Michael Jordan we like.
here we go again…
That’s why our favorite new word is “agnotology.” According to the website WordSpy, it means “the study of culturally-induced ignorance or doubt,” a concept developed in recent years by two historians of science at Stanford University, Robert Proctor and his wife, Londa Schiebinger.Believing that global climate change is a myth is one example of the kind of ignorance agnotologists investigate. Or the insistence by the tobacco industry that the harm caused by smoking is still in dispute. Or the conviction that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim, and a radical one at that, who may not even be from America.Those first two illusions have been induced by big business in a cynical attempt to keep pumping profits from deadly pollutants, whether fossil fuels or nicotine. The third, dreamed up by fantasists of the right wing fringe, is in its own way just as toxic and has been tacitly, sometimes audibly, encouraged by certain opponents of President Obama who would perpetuate any prevarication to further blockade his agenda and deny him and fellow Democrats reelection.None of them is true; rather, they fly in the face of those of us who belong to what an aide to George W. Bush famously called “the reality-based community [who] believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'” He told journalist Ron Suskind, ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”
Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.Revolution is a phase, a mood, like spring, and just as spring has its buds and showers, so revolution has its ebullience, its bravery, its hope, and its solidarity.
Chris Hedges: Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig. I want to be Chris Hedges when I grow up.
‘Just War’ Is Just Words | CommonDreams.org. Ralph Nader
The Land Mines Obama Won’t Touch | CommonDreams.org. Bill Moyers
Now WE Must Earn Obama’s Nobel | CommonDreams.org. Harvey Wasserman
[so far the top.10.reads has a lot of heavy hitting men…]
and speaking of heavy hitters: Kucinich, Hedges, Nader Rally at the White House – Truthdig.
Now bring on the women:
Furloughs Balance State Budgets—on Backs of Critical Workers//In These Times Story of my life…really this is my life right now.
Obama Banking Too Much On Banks//Mother Jones author was on Democracy Now today.
Business Goes To School//Truthdig for Liz.
The Bailouts: An Accounting an interactive graphic from the NYTimes that breaks down all the bailouts.
from our classrooms and the screen culture of reality television to the barrage of violent video games and the bloodletting in sports such as popular wrestling – endlessly at work in developing modes of masculinity that celebrate toughness, violence, cruelty, moral indifference and misogyny. All of these forces, whose educational influence should never be underestimated, constitute a new type of illiteracy, a kind of civic illiteracy in which it becomes increasingly impossible to connect the everyday problems that people face with larger social forces – thus depoliticizing their own sense of agency and making politics itself an empty gesture. Is it any wonder that politics is now mediated through a spectacle of anger, violence, humiliation and rage that mimics the likes of the Jerry Springer Show? It is not that we have become a society of the spectacle – though that is partly true – but that we have fallen prey to a new kind of illiteracy in which the distinction between illusion and reality is lost, just as the ability to experience our feelings of discontent and our fears of uncertainty are reduced to private troubles, paralyzing us in a sea of resentment, waiting to be manipulated by extremists extending from religious fanatics to right-wing radio hosts. This is a prescription for a kind of rage that looks for easy answers, demands a heightened emotional release and resents any attempts to think through the connection between our individual woes and any number of larger social forces, including an unchecked system of finance, the anti-democratic power of the corporate state, the rise of multinationals and the destruction of the manufacturing base or the privatization of public schooling along with its devaluing of education as a public good. As the public collapses into the personal, the personal becomes “the only politics there is, the only politics with a tangible referent or emotional valence”; the formative educational and political conditions that make a democracy possible begin to disappear.
Change We Still Need//Common Dreams//PEER where is Obama on the green promises he made?
Questions for Seth MacFarlane::Family Man//NYTimes “Question: You’re A Dick. What Are Your Thoughts On That?”
“Lettuce With A Side Of Batshit” Less Lucrative Than Actual Food I was obviously attracted to this Jezebel article because the title contains “batshit”
The Narcissism Epidemic Article Epidemic is Getting Annoying again via Jezebel.
Could I pull this off:
Full text of President Obama’s address last night to Congress and links to other information.
Who’s Really Behind the Van Jones Attack//Mother Jones [it was fed to Beck]
Less Spocky, More Rocky//NYTimes//Maureen Dowd Obama will have his Jed Bartlet moment, Maureen, slow your roll.
A Perfect Storm of Idiocy//Truthdig “How did America surrender its political discourse—not to mention the news cycle—to the most unreasonable and unstable elements of the far right?”
Bad Movies Make Bad Law//Mother Jones The Supreme Court moves closer to allowing corporations to flood campaigns with cash.
Labor Unions, Students Collaborate//TruthOut Go union power!
I love that I can make this a Labor Day special, and it is especially special to me who now labors for labor. It is like Earth Day for the unions!
Labor Unions’ Green Efforts Are Cause For Celebration This Labor Day | CommonDreams.org. [as if they are not everyday?]
Pace of Change Under Obama Frustrates Unions – NYTimes.com. [wow, people know what unions are today!]
Words Matter | CommonDreams.org. By Ralph Nader
Side with the Living | Derrick Jensen | Orion Magazine. Dear DJ, can we run away together?
By Any Means Necessary. By the Editors at The Nation.
Truthdig – Ear to the Ground – Should Hitler Be the New Face of AIDS?. This makes me want to throw up, that someone out there thinks this is okay!?!?!?!