Keywords for the Age of Austerity 18.5: “Peaceful Protest”

An addendum to "protests descending into violence."  Last week on CNN, well-known failed Jeopardy contestant and professional journalist impersonator Wolf Blitzer imported activist Deray McKesson to stick to the script on respectable activism: “I just want to hear you say,” he nervously insisted, “that there should be peaceful protests, not violent protests, in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 18.5: “Peaceful Protest”

Keywords for the Age of Austerity 15.5: “Wellness” and the Anti-Vaxxers

In my post on “wellness,” I wrote about the concept’s origins in the countercultural currents of post-war California. Like the “maker” culture that caught on around the same time, and the Arts and Crafts movement even further back, “wellness” offered a broad social critique—in the case of US-based wellness, of the for-profit health care system—ungrounded in a … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 15.5: “Wellness” and the Anti-Vaxxers