In Defense of the Human, For the Destruction of Capitalism

Destroy Uber


 

We’ve been checking the news a lot, and we learned that a new phenomenon has emerged thanks to ride-sharing companies like Uber. Drunken bar crawlers are now entering random people’s cars, believing them to be their Uber pick-up. Several of our friends began to see this phenomenon in the nightlife hot spots of central Seattle, mainly Capitol Hill and Belltown. Delirious bar patrons in groups of four would crowd around a car stopped at the curb and begin yanking on its door handles. In some cases, single individuals would engage in arguments with their alleged drivers, unable to comprehend their realities. Without the button on their smartphone screen, these poor souls would do what others like them have always done: pass out on the sidewalk, stagger home, or maybe learn a lesson and stop putting themselves in such awful positions.

Given that this was the case, we thought…

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Now I Understand Why Bill Gates Didn’t Want The Value-Added Data Made Public

GFBrandenburg's Blog

It all makes sense now.

At first I was a bit surprised that Bill Gates and Michelle Rhee were opposed to publicizing the value-added data from New York City and other cities.

Could they be experiencing twinges of a bad conscience?

No way.

That’s not it. Nor do these educational Deformers think that value-added mysticism is nonsense. They think it’s wonderful and that teachers’ ability to retain their jobs and earn bonuses or warnings should largely depend on it.

The problem, for them, is that they don’t want the public to see for themselves that it’s a complete and utter crock. Nor to see the little man behind the curtain.

I present evidence of the fallacy of depending on «value-added» measurements in yet another graph — this time using what NYCPS says is the actual value-added scores of all of the many thousands of elementary school teachers for whom they have…

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Finding Satisfaction, On Being Mood Disordered

Michael Hejazi

When the problem of dissatisfaction is ongoing and otherwise too disruptive for an individual’s life they may experience themselves as disordered; they might be diagnosed with having a disease of a special kind. What is this mood disorder?

History is made up of perfectly unhappy people. Ever since the first of the homo-sapiens life has been quite perfectly terrible – from time to time it was bearable. Things are better now but that’s not good enough, not for the person in the moment. Right from day one your one stop shop stay in living seems to be ultimately headed for the checkout line, and only you might avoid it – any kind of bad outcome. That’s what you keep saying to yourself, that it could be better. Maybe it could.

Evaluating all the possible nooks and crannies of potential genetic, hereditary, racial, ethnic, cultural, personal, childhood, familial, marital, phrenological, theological, astronomical, or…

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Howard Zinn: «education cannot be neutral on the critical issues of our time»

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24 August 1922—Howard Zinn was born. His life and career spanned the twentieth century and into the first decade of the twenty-first. It is his memoir, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times, for me, that speaks to the enduring power of Zinn’s metaphor, particularly for teachers.

Historically and currently, teacher remain under the demand that their teaching—and even their lives—remain neutral, not political. University professors—such as Zinn—also face disciplinary and public expectations of objectivity, dispassion—their work as public intellectuals either shunned or unrecognized.

In that context, K-12 education and university education suffer the same ultimate failure found in journalism, a flawed pursuit of objectivity, the faux-neutral pose of representing both sides.

So on the day of Zinn’s birth, it continues to be important not only to read and listen to Zinn, but also to act on Zinn, for it…

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World Revolution 2: the Return to a Global Revolutionary Strategy Based on the Experience of the 20th Century

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This work, written by the Russian neo-Marxist Alexander Tarasov, originally from scepsis.net (http://scepsis.net/eng/articles/id_10.php), explains some problems with the Soviet strategy in relation to world revolution (albeit coming from a negative appraisal of the USSR), clarifying the distinction between First and Third World characterized by exploiting nations and exploiter nations, the dependence of the First World on the Third, the material basis for conservatism in the working class, and establishes the Third World as the revolutionary focus for world revolution. Locating its origins in the Tricontinental (and more specifically Che Guevara’s famous speech), it establishes an international outlook of global people’s war. We repost it mostly in agreement, with a few caveats:

  • we find the discourse on Stalinism to be rather dry and predictable, and reject it, locating the degeneration of the USSR into social-imperialism not in a “Thermidorian coup”, but rather in existing class antagonisms which were not addressed by…

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The origins of Zionism

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In part one of our new series on the roots of Israeli terror former lecturer on the subject, Neil Rogall, looks at the origins of Zionism.

Millions of people around the world are once again filling the streets enraged at the third Israeli attack on Gaza within five years. On one side of this deeply unequal conflict we have an armed to the teeth, wealthy, American-backed state: Israel. On the other, we have a poverty stricken people living on a tiny strip of land, a fifth the size of London, blockaded by Israel and Sisi’s Egypt, facing an onslaught of bombs and overwhelming military force.

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The people of Gaza have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. It is no wonder that millions of people are appalled at Israel’s actions. For many they cannot understand, how the Jewish people, victims of the Nazi extermination camps which left six million Jews…

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Who will care for the public education of our children?

Reclaim Reform

When immense wealth finances political parties, elections become a mockery, a mere puppet show, of the democratic process. When the voting process allows two, and only two, sides which are both financed by immense wealth, the game is merely that – a game.

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Illinois has two teams of servants who serve the demands of the super-wealthy members of The Billionaire Boys Club whose legal name is the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.

Propaganda

Billionaire extremist Bruce Rauner (R) and his Sanguinetti version of Sara Palin promise to destroy public services, especially everything and everyone connected to public education. Present Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), who has already cut many public services including education, chose Paul Vallas as his running mate. Vallas has actually spent his adult lifetime destroying public services, especially everything and everyone connected to public education.

In Florida present Gov. Rick Scott (R) cut education funding…

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