Tag Archives: history

Rapping about Alexander Hamilton

While watching Portlandia the other night – at times hilarious and at other times ridiculous and overly-self-conscious – I came across Aimee Mann, who plays a housekeeper in at least one of the episodes. I’m not sure if she has … Continue reading

Posted in a life trainer for extraordinary circumstances, random, US | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Legacy of the US Civil War

Ta-Nehisi Coates has an excellent article in the Atlantic about the legacy of the US Civil War. He argues that black Americans ought to honor that war in the same way that white Americans honor the Revolutionary War: as that … Continue reading

Posted in US | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The National Defense Authorization Act

Recently the US Senate passed a defense appropriations act that seems to contain some disturbing curtailments of the right to due process guaranteed under the sixth amendment. Now the US already denies due process to those it classifies as “enemy … Continue reading

Posted in US | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

New Trends in International Trade

A new infographic from The Economist neatly shows the inversion taking place in the customary trade relationship between developed and developing countries (if such terms even still apply). It also shows the likely way developed countries will try get out … Continue reading

Posted in economics, world | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The Loss of Vaclav Havel: More and More is Subtracted from Less and Less

As Internet has noted, often with arresting beauty, Christopher Hitchens has finally bent to that which duly takes us all. And yet all the while he continued to write so eloquently about the experience of dying. The thing about death, … Continue reading

Posted in a life trainer for extraordinary circumstances, europe | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Productivity Gains, Stagnating Wages and Plutonomy

There were many proximate causes of the ongoing Great Recession. People talk about the growing propensity to borrow and lend, the unregulated and risky nature of new financial innovations, and of course the unanticipated and quite rapid implosion of the … Continue reading

Posted in a life trainer for extraordinary circumstances, economics, US, world | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

David Harvey and the Crisis of Capitalism

Here’s what social theorist/geographer/anthropologist David Harvey has to say about the current crisis:

Posted in a life trainer for extraordinary circumstances, economics, politics, US, world | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment