Here is some important news about gains for faculty and academic freedom! Dear Dana, Happy May Day! AAUP members like you make higher ed work, and as many campuses approach the end of the spring term, we wanted to take a moment to highlight what a strong year it has been so far. Here’s a… Continue reading This from the American Association of University Professors
I fell in love with the ISO in 1991 and made it my political home for nearly 30 years. This past spring (2019), the entire organization fell apart. There are many accounts to be found of what happened and why, here, and here, and here. One compelling explanation is that the organization fell into the… Continue reading On Disintegration and Renewal, part 2: What Happened?
The Right's targeting of intellectuals has increased while public attention to it has declined. It has become something like the new normal. In addition, the nature of Trump's regime has become increasingly clear: He emboldens the Right here and around the world. Economic crises and popular movements of resistance have brought fascist and proto-fascist regimes… Continue reading Neoliberalism and White Supremacy in the Academy: Double Threat in the Time of Trump
I've been slow to respond to the disintegration of the International Socialist Organization, my longtime political home and site of some of the best organizing for social justice and of political education I know. I begin that exploration here, in what will likely be several parts. I joined the organization in 1990, at the beginning… Continue reading On disintegration and renewal, part 1
I've been paying attention, as has most of the country, to the presidential campaign of the young Pete Buttigeig. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana is impressing liberals with his down-home charm, his military service, his happy marriage to the man of his dreams, his easy and winning speaking style, and his apparent working knowledge… Continue reading The Importance of Being Earnest–and Pete?
Talk Presented at meeting of The International Socialist Organization, Austin October 29, 2014 I’ll begin by quoting a story that appeared last Friday in the Austin Chronicle: “On Friday, Oct. 3, the parking lot of Planned Parenthood on Ben White Boulevard overflowed; in "crisis management" mode, the relatively small staff scrambled to keep up with… Continue reading We can’t win our rights by voting. How abortion rights were won and how to get them back.
The ancient philosopher, scientist, and humanist Aristotle once said "There is honor in being a dog." Given that Pat loved her dogs as children, this insight is important. But more importantly, Aristotle defined real friendship in his Nicomachean Ethics (named for his son and father). True friends aren’t friends because you are useful to each other,… Continue reading Encomium on Pat Robinson
Let these facts be entered into evidence: 1. George Zimmerman was acquitted July 14 after chasing down and murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen. Zimmerman's assumption was that because Trayvon was Black and wearing a hoodie, he was an "f***ing punk." He was, after all, "no angel." 2. Marissa Alexander, a Black woman in Florida,… Continue reading “No angel”: A disturbing, dehumanizing pattern
First, it is important to say that the matter is not as simple as "good" and "bad" role models. For mainstream feminists, entry into the world of work and politics is the hallmark of a "good" model; for some radical feminists, the capacity to nurture is what makes a character "good." In my field, rhetorical… Continue reading I just got asked by a journalist whether Juliet, Daisy Buchanan, or Bella Swan should be regarded as “good” or “bad” role models for girls. Here is how I responded: