In rough order of worst to almost as worst: Mompreneur Tacopreneur Pizzapreneur Ecopreneur Teacherpreneur Petrepreneur E-preneur Pastorpreneur Intrapreneur, extrapreneur, etc. Freedompreneur Leaderpreneur [thanks reader Roger!] Artrepreneur [thanks reader Anne!] Yogapreneur
I was never much for the phrase "ruin porn" at its height between 2008-2011 (too moralistic, I think), and media criticism of coastal publications stumbling through the Rust Belt often seems pointless--but sometimes I can't help myself. Besides, in the case of Detroit, so much of the elite media narratives of "revival" have a way … Continue reading Ruin Porn, Meet Revival Porn
When the University of Chicago economist Theodore Schultz began developing the concept of “human capital,” he felt obliged to directly address something that no longer seems to trouble the concept or those who use it. On the first page of his 1961 article “Investment in Human Capital,” Schultz began by gingerly addressing the concept’s potentially … Continue reading Capitalism with a Human Face
The German critic Bertholt Brecht wrote that “One may say that tragedy deals with the sufferings of mankind in a less serious way than comedy.” In this class, we will test this thesis by exploring the use of humor to tell stories of personal or social trauma in modern U.S. literature. We will also see … Continue reading Syllabus: Good Grief: Humor and Tragedy in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature
I came across a 2013 article from the New York Times old Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, about the paper's use of the word "entitlements" to describe Social Security, Medicare, and other federal "outlays," to use the more technical language that once drove coverage of tax policy. Sullivan agreed with a reader that "entitlements" is a partisan, sneering term … Continue reading Entitlements
Keywords for the Age of Austerity will be published in good old fashioned book form sometime (hopefully) next year! I'm very excited that it will be published by Haymarket Books, one of my favorite publishers and the perfect place for it. In order to create an artificial scarcity of essays on the culture of austerity, … Continue reading Exciting announcement!
The New York Times has a fun little "national health care systems" bracket tournament in its print edition today, so you can compare how successfully or not various countries on the planet monetize their citizens' sickness and mortality. Or to put it another way, "which of these nations has the best health system?" (The winner, … Continue reading Defining “innovation”: sometimes it’s easy
TEAM, n.: A group of waged workers whose contractual obligation to their boss is dishonestly conflated with a moral duty to one another & themselves. From a Florida Pizza Hut during Hurricane Irma.
I finally saw Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow's film on the Algiers Motel killings, and I have to say I came out of the theater quite shaken by it--it's visually exhausting, thanks to the frenetic, riotous movement of Bigelow's camera throughout. And a viewer familiar with the Algiers Motel killings can only watch the unfolding drama with … Continue reading On Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit
The organized anti-academic right has claimed its first major legislative victory, with North Carolina's bill, HB 527, naturally called the ACT TO RESTORE AND PRESERVE FREE SPEECH ON THE CAMPUSES OF THE CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA. The bill is based on the Goldwater Institute's model bill, versions of which have been … Continue reading The scandal of “campus free speech” bills