The situation is the wisdom, do the knowledge!
I saw a kid on the street today who had a T-Shirt on that said ‘Your Ego Is Not Your Amigo’… So awesome!
In the fall of 2004, my freshman students and I analyzed a speech of John Kerry’s and found it confused, contradictory, inchoate, and weak. Six weeks later I went out and voted for John Kerry. What I was doing in class was subjecting Kerry’s arguments to an academic interrogation. Do they hang together? Are they coherent? Do they respond to the issues? Are they likely to be persuasive? He flunked. But when I stepped into the ballot box, I was asking another set of questions: Does Kerry represent or speak for interests close to mine? Whom would he bring into his administration? What are likely to be his foreign policy initiatives? How does he stand on the environment? The answers I gave to the first set of academic questions had no relationship whatsoever to the answers I gave to the second set of political questions. Whether it is a person or a policy, it makes perfect sense to approve it in one venue and disapprove it in another, and vice versa. You could decide that despite the lack of skill with which a policy was defended (an academic conclusion), it was nevertheless the right policy for the country (a political decision). In the classroom, you can probe the policy’s history; you can explore its philosophical lineage; you can examine its implications and likely consequences, but you can’t urge it on your students. Everything depends on keeping these two judgments, and the activities that generate them, separate.
Stanley Fish (via quotecatalog)
I love Stanley Fish.
no matter how awful my writing may be
it’s still better than 50 Shades of Grey
how the fuck was this published
The million dollar question, right there.
So when I read 50 shades I was constantly giggling, and my boyfriend would give me these quizzical looks because he figured I was reacting to naughty content. But really it was because the writing was laughably awful.
lol is this real? I can’t.
So cool that this stuff is legal.
This is exactly how I feel. Coffee is 100% a narcotic and it’s so weird that I’m allowed to be openly functionally dependent on it and no one bats an eye at that. Yay drugs!
Also, did they 50’s-style photoshop those arms in? Feel like I’m looking at a stock “newlywed couple” pic that someone just pasted coffee-arms into.
So how do we Democrats ever win anything that we really care about, from climate-change legislation, to real financial reform, to health care designed to actually heal people rather than subsidize drug companies or protect insurance companies? These core Democratic objectives are off the table so long as big money funds campaigns. And any Democrat who tells you otherwise either thinks that you’re a fool or is a fool himself. You don’t get to heaven by sleeping with the devil. And you don’t get to govern by handing the keys to the republic over to interests who have no actual interest in governing. We need a party that stands for ideas. And first among those ideas must be to banish big money from center stage. A credible and unbendable commitment to changing the way campaigns are funded would not only inspire millions to join the party. It would also, and more importantly, make governing possible again.Lawrence Lessig (via azspot)