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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

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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

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David Harvey and the Crisis of Capitalism

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

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Elections in Russia: how many ballots can you fill out?

There’s a saying in Russia: “You don’t get to choose your political leaders anymore than you get to choose your parents.” Or something like that. So it’s not surprising that Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party took home a plurality of … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone Fail: disrespecting Django Reinhardt

This might sound snootish but Rolling Stone has once again failed at list-making. As they periodically do, they’ve named the top 100 hundred guitarists of all time. There isn’t a jazz-man among them. They did include Frank Zappa and obviously … Continue reading

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The Sad Relegation of Jazz to the Shopping Mall

I was walking through one of Warsaw’s giant shopping malls the other day in search of some pants that would fit a non-European-proportioned man when a familiar guitar voice came through the mall’s speakers – George Benson. I love this … Continue reading

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Ostrava and the case of mutating genes

It’s well-known and increasingly discussed that the most frequently cited macroeconomic indicator, GDP, is deeply flawed. Among other things, one of its flaws is that it overlooks negative externalities, such as pollution, deforestation, depression, etc. So, for example, if a … Continue reading

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