Ohh, is the CIA feeling a bit exposed?

Posted: 2017/04/14 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/04/the-dangerous-academic-is-an-extinct-species

​Contrary to what capitalism’s mythologizers would have you believe, the contemporary world does not heap its rewards on those with the most creativity and courage. In fact, at every stage of life, those who venture beyond the safe boundaries of expectation are ruthlessly culled … Conformists, on the other hand, usually do pretty well for themselves. Follow the rules, tell people what they want to hear, and you’ll come out just fine. Becoming a successful academic requires one hell of a lot of ass-kissing and up-sucking. You have to flatter and impress. The very act of applying to graduate school to begin with is an exercise in servility: please deem me worthy of your favor. In order to rise through the ranks, you have to convince people of your intelligence and acceptability, which means basing everything you do on a concern for what other people think. If ever you find that your conclusions would make your superiors despise you (say, for example, if you realized that much of what they wrote was utter irredeemable manure), you face a choice: conceal your true self or be permanently consigned to the margins.

The idea of a “dangerous” academic is therefore somewhat self-contradictory to begin with. The academy could, potentially, be a place for unfettered intellectual daring. But the most daring and curious people don’t end up in the academy at all. 

“Some people think that the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks. I don’t agree, because I’ve been there. Let me tell you something else some of you might not agree with, it wasn’t that Donald Trump won the election, it was that the Democratic Party lost the election,” Sanders said while speaking at an Our Revolution rally in Boston with fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren 

https://youtu.be/F4cZczBPxw8
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/326820-sanders-defends-trump-voters-i-dont-think-theyre-racists

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The Actionist Press

In doing an assignment for a class, I came across this:The Social Psychology of Religion’This stood out to me because I believe that it is very important to consider the context of a situational, and I hadn’t considered inequality in the context of religion before. According to the page, 88% of Americans in 1995 believed that religion was important in their lives. Today the number is 53%. With a drop of 35%, that means that about half of the population doesn’t care much about faith. This drop occurred in just over 10 years. While I doubt the trend will remain so fast, it is reasonable to assume that within 50 years, only about a third of all Americans will have any interest in religion. It would be extremely interesting to do a study in 2045 and look at such data compared to other social trends, inequality included. Unfortunately…

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How neoliberalism contributed to the productivity slowdown

Source: Neoliberalism Was Supposed to Make Us Richer: Three Reasons Why It Didn’t – Evonomics

http://m.truthdig.com/report/item/donald_trumps_greatest_allies_are_the_liberal_elites_20170305

The liberal elites—from Hollywood and the Democratic Party to The New York Times and CNN—a group that bears significant responsibility for the death of our democracy, now hold themselves up as the saviors of the republic. They have embarked, despite their own corruption and their complicity in neoliberalism and the crimes of empire, on a self-righteous moral crusade to topple Donald Trump. It is quite a show. 

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