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The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America. Why Basic Jobs Are Better Than Basic Incomes – Member Feature Stories. How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs. “We have all these instruments at home,” their father told me earlier.

How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs

Watch How Europeans Carved Up African Land They Never Owned. Under Neoliberalism, You Can Be Your Own Tyrannical Boss. A new study by Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill in the journal Psychological Bulletin finds perfectionism is on the rise.

Under Neoliberalism, You Can Be Your Own Tyrannical Boss

The authors, both psychologists, conclude that “recent generations of young people perceive that others are more demanding of them, are more demanding of others, and are more demanding of themselves.” When identifying the root cause of this growing appetite for excellence, Curran and Hill don’t mince words: it’s neoliberalism. Neoliberal ideology reveres competition, discourages cooperation, promotes ambition, and tethers personal worth to professional achievement. Your Phone Was Made By Slaves: A Primer on the Secret Economy. Kevin Bales | Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World | Spiegel & Grau | January 2016 | 34 minutes (9,162 words) Below is an excerpt from Blood and Earth, by Kevin Bales, as recommended by Longreads contributing editor Dana Snitzky.

Your Phone Was Made By Slaves: A Primer on the Secret Economy

We think of Steve Jobs in his black turtleneck as the origin of our iPhones. It’s never a happy moment when you’re shopping for a tombstone. When death comes, it’s the loss that transcends everything else and most tombstones are purchased in a fog of grief. Death is a threshold for the relatives and friends who live on as well, changing lives in both intense and subtle ways.

Given the predictability of death it seems strange that Germany has a tombstone shortage. The Public Intellectual: Henry A. Giroux. How We Are Ruining America - NYTimes.com. Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For. On Shouting White Racial Slurs in Public I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the history of race in America and I ask them to shout white racial slurs at me. The results are usually disappointing. First of all, everyone knows that saying anything overtly racist in front of strangers is totally taboo. How the Left Lost Its Mind - The Atlantic. Updated for clarification at 12:15 p.m.

How the Left Lost Its Mind - The Atlantic

ET Last month, Democratic Senator Ed Markey delivered what seemed like an explosive bit of news during an interview with CNN: A grand jury had been impaneled in New York, he said, to investigate the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. The only problem: It wasn’t true. The precise origins of the rumor are difficult to pin down, but it had been ricocheting around social media for days before Markey’s interview. The story had no reliable sourcing, and not a single credible news outlet touched it—but it had been fervently championed by The Palmer Report, a liberal blog known for peddling conspiracy theories, and by anti-Trump Twitter crusaders like Louise Mensch. I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump – STIR Journal. From the era of slavery to the rise of Donald Trump, wealthy elites have relied on the loyalty of poor whites.

I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump – STIR Journal

All Americans deserve better. Manufactured illiteracy and miseducation: A long process of decline led to President Donald Trump. Henry A.

Manufactured illiteracy and miseducation: A long process of decline led to President Donald Trump

Giroux is University Professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest and Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy at McMaster University. His books include "America at War With Itself" and "Dangerous Thinking. " "Because I Moved 5 Shirts"... Portrait Of An Unexpected Twitter Storm. By Katie Hinde – Woooo buddy, it’s been quite the 34 hours.

"Because I Moved 5 Shirts"... Portrait Of An Unexpected Twitter Storm

Sunday night I was looking for super hero t-shirts in the “girls” section at a Big Box Store, not finding them, and then unwittingly jumped down a rabbit hole. From the home, to the classroom, to the store, our culture reinforces limitations on children due to their sex/gender. As a scientist who works on inclusivity in academia and science, I spend a lot of time thinking about the pipeline.

I am particularly concerned about the scarcity and disparity of science & science fiction oriented toys, clothes, and outreach. Capitalism & Mental Illness: Reflections on the Human Costs of Profit » Protected by the largest military in all of human history, the economic empire of the United States has grown into the most advanced capitalist system that ever existed.

Capitalism & Mental Illness: Reflections on the Human Costs of Profit »

In spite of a relatively high standard of living & unprecedented wealth, the US has also managed to develop the world’s highest rates of mental illness. In 2009, the World Mental Health survey found the US at the bottom of world mental health chart with 47.4% — almost half of the population– displaying symptoms of a mental disorder. According to the massive WMH survey, nearly 1 in 3 US citizens struggle with anxiety disorders and a bit more than 1 in 5 suffer from depression, bi-polar, or other mood disorders. How the Trump-Russia Data Machine Games Google to Fool Americans. A year ago I was part of a digital marketing team at a tech company.

How the Trump-Russia Data Machine Games Google to Fool Americans

This Photo Series Will Make You See Race in a New Way. A new photo series is making people rethink the way the world deals with race in everyday life.

This Photo Series Will Make You See Race in a New Way

The images, which first appeared in “O, The Oprah Magazine,” reverse racial expectations in simple settings, such as showing a young white girl picking out a toy, faced with row upon row of black dolls. The scenarios are meant to allude to the complexities that, women experience every day in dealing with race. The images are not meant to point fingers, but instead are meant to encourage others to challenge their own mindset and racial expectations, and then to talk about it, the series' photographer, Chris Buck, told Global Citizen. The idea stemmed from a conversation with the creative team at "O" magazine and Oprah Winfrey herself, at Winfrey’s home, according to Lucy Kaylin, the publication’s editor-in-chief. America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People. A new book by economist Peter Temin finds that the U.S. is no longer one country, but dividing into two separate economic and political worlds You’ve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from “burdened,” to “squeezed” to “dying.”

But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place. In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations, and fates.

Two roads diverged In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the “FTE sector” (named for finance, technology, and electronics, the industries which largely support its growth). Globalization Is Just a Contemporary Word for Financial Colonialism. The collapsed remains of the Rana Plaza garment factory in near Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 30, 2013. The police in Bangladesh filed formal murder charges June 1, 2015, against 41 people accused of involvement in the 2013 collapse of a building that housed several clothing factories, leaving more than 1,100 people dead in the worst disaster in garment industry history.

(Photo: Khaled Hasan / The New York Times) What do imperialism and colonialism look like today? John Smith's Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century argues that core capitalist nations are no longer reliant on military force and direct political control of other countries. Instead, they maintain a financial grip on the Southern Hemisphere in particular, exploiting labor in these countries to increase their own profits. Our Political Economy Is Designed to Create Poverty and Inequality. Let me begin by sharing with you the story of an inner-city Cleveland family of seven, two adults and five children all under the age of 11. Globalization Is Just a Contemporary Word for Financial Colonialism. Walter Lippmann and the stereotype: The World outside and the Pictures in our heads. Why conservatives are more likely than liberals to believe false information about threats.

3 Things Sociologists Learned by Studying the Women’s March. The Women’s March was the largest protest in U.S. history, and reached seven continents. To Halt the Slide Into Authoritarianism, We Need a General Strike. Like the recent airport shutdown protests over Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban, a general strike could target key transit infrastructures like these demonstrators outside John F. Historian Richard Evans says Trump’s America isn’t exactly like the Third Reich—but it’s too close for comfort. Torsten Silz/Getty Images Richard Evans established himself as arguably the pre-eminent historian of 20th-century Germany with his astonishing trilogy on the rise and fall of the Third Reich. How to analyze and interpret photos objectively, according to professors of visual communication — Quartz.

White nationalist movement growing much faster than Isis on Twitter, study finds. The number of white nationalists and self-identified Nazi sympathisers on Twitter have multiplied more than 600 per cent in the last four years, outperforming the so-called Islamic State (Isis) in everything from follower counts to number of daily tweets, a new study found. Researchers at George Washington University’s Programme on Extremism analysed 18 accounts belonging to major white nationalist groups and organisations – such as the American Nazi Party and the National Socialist Movement – mostly located in the US. Politics And The Fracturing Of Shared Reality : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. At a March 3 Republican presidential primary debate, candidates (from left) Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich appear on stage at Fox Theatre in Detroit. This is how we can fight Donald Trump’s attack on democracy.

For democracy to survive, it requires civic engagement. Dystopian Novel, The Water Thief, Imagines the Corporate-Controlled Future of America. The Maoism of Donald Trump. Interaction between government, public has dwindled under Donald Trump. Paul Gottfried, the Jewish Godfather of the 'Alt-Right' Is Donald Trump a Populist Authoritarian? - The Atlantic - The Atlantic.

An Animated Introduction to Michel Foucault, "Philosopher of Power". How To Pull The Ground From Under Right-wing Populism. What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class. I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah. Habermas: Politische Stabilität im Westen erschüttert. US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse. Max Weber. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. 1905. Society Could Collapse In A Decade, Predicts Math Historian. How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone from Anywhere in the World. Political Polarization in the American Public. From Afghanistan to Syria: Women’s Rights, War Propaganda and the CIA - BSNEWS. How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail. Edward Hopper's Iconic Painting Nighthawks Explained in a 7-Minute Video Introduction.

Classifying humans into races the biggest mistake in history of science. SI Review: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Sociological Images. An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America. Trump's Cabinet Gives New Meaning to 'Power Elite' - Bloomberg View. For These Girls, Danger Is a Way of Life. The-tent-cities-of-san-francisco. Raoul Martinez on writing this year's essential text for thinking radicals.

Socialconstruction. Capitalism Breeds Reckless Consumption and Starves the Public Sphere. Bara bildning kan ta fajten med trumpifieringen. "It's All Collapsed": New Chomsky Documentary Details Death of American Dream. One Sociologist's Compelling Theory for How the U.S. Empire Could Devolve Into Fascism and Then Collapse. The High Price of Materialism. Why Tribal Societies Work: An Introduction. The Demoralized Mind. I Friended a Bunch of Trump Voters. It’s Been a Fascinating Week. Exclusive: Billionaire green activist Steyer vows to battle Trump, says money not an issue. White Nationalism Lives and White People Need to Fight It. Ethics Without Religion. Voted for Trump? I have only one plea. – jessicashortall – Medium. How the Media Manufactured Hatred of Hillary Clinton - BillMoyers.com. Best Books About American Politics.

9 Women on Why They’re (Still) Voting for Trump. Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice. Populism and democracy: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? How Capitalism Fosters Bullying. Political Science Term Project: Poverty Governance. American Poverty Governance As It Is and As It Might Be - The Society Pages. Corporations Running the World Used to Be Science Fiction - Now It's a Reality. Why the World Fears Refugees. What are the 10 biggest global challenges? Watch How Europeans Carved Up African Land They Never Owned. What Sex Means for World Peace.

Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country - Rolling Stone. Understanding Trump « George Lakoff. 13 Point Human Rights-Based Revolutionary Agenda. Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul. The American Dream Is Alive in Finland. 93 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness. 93 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness.

Ethical Clothing - Jeans Manufacturing Costs. What Is Theory? A Precautionary Tale. …Free Books on race, gender, sexuality, and class that are bound to get you woke! From Nominal to Ordinal: Reconceiving Racial and Ethnic Hierarchy in the United States. Donald Trump and the Rise and Fall of Charismatic Leaders - Sociological Images. The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America.