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RSA Workshop Announcement

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 7, 2014 - 11:28am

Rhetoric and Economics

Workshop Leader:

Mark Longaker, University of Texas at Austin


4Cs to Support Adjunct Costs

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 24, 2012 - 10:25pm

Resolution carries unanimously.

CCCC will establish a voluntary, member-funded travel fund for contingent faculty.

Thanks to everybody who supported it--by writing, helping publicize, voting, and encouraging us to do it. And particular thanks to Paula Mathieu and Eileen Schell not only for supporting it from the floor of the meeting, but even more for already doing what I hoped would happen next--calling for the kinds of moves that ought to have been happening, and are catalyzed by the fact that we're taking this step.

--Seth Kahn, via Facebook


Eyes that fail to see; Ears that fail to hear

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 28, 2011 - 2:30pm

Oratorical Animal on the Debt Crisis:

"It is rare when a public debate that so consumes the nation has so little to do with the national welfare. At present, the United States runs the risk of blowing through its debt ceiling because a portion of the House Republicans, representing a minority of the American people, refuses to negotiate in good faith for a solution. In a larger sense, however, this is the wrong debate at the wrong time in the wrong nation."


Zizek, animated, on charity

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 2, 2010 - 11:00am

Jim pointed out this resource before; here is their latest posting, of Zizek on why charity is counterproductive.


The New York Times and Charging for Web Content

Submitted by Jim Brown on January 20, 2010 - 10:55am

It has been announced in various places over the past few days, but the Times has now published its own article about how it will, in early 2011, begin charging for content:

Starting in early 2011, visitors to will get a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to pay a flat fee for unlimited access. Subscribers to the newspaper’s print edition will receive full access to the site.


Race, blame, and economic crises

Submitted by Michael Faris on March 30, 2009 - 8:19am

From The Financial Times:

Speaking in Brasília at a joint press conference with Gordon Brown, the UK prime minister, [Brazil's President] Mr Lula da Silva told reporters: "This crisis was caused by the irrational behaviour of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing."


Happy Days Are Here Again

Submitted by Adria on October 19, 2008 - 2:03pm

Lee Sustar critiques the bailout plan of 2008.


Trained Incapacities and The Housing Market Crash

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 20, 2007 - 9:26am

Stories about the housing market "meltdown" have got a lot of people thinking: How did no one see this coming? Well, this story from the New York Times is one of many inquiries into this same question, and I'm wondering if Burke's discussion of "trained incapacities" (borrowed from Veblen) doesn't offer one way of explaining what's happened. Something about the "disciplinary knowledge" of mortgage lending seems to have blinded people to some really basic facts (such as, people with low income will have a hard time paying off their home loan.)