Eric Crandall

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Many years ago, my fiancée attempted to lend me a bit of respectability by introducing me to my would-be mother-in-law as a future Ph.D. in literature. From Columbia, I added, polishing the apple of my prospects. She wasn’t buying it. “A doctor of philosophy,” she said. “What’re you going to do, open a philosophy store?” A spear is a spear—it doesn’t have to be original. Unable to come up with a quick response and unwilling to petition for a change of venue, I ducked into low-grade irony. More like a stand, I said. I was thinking of stocking Kafka quotes …

Many years ago, my fiancée attempted to lend me a bit of respectability by introducing me to my would-be mother-in-law as a future Ph.D. in …

In Defense of Obama

When it comes to Barack Obama, I’ve always been out of sync. Back in 2008, when many liberals were wildly enthusiastic about his candidacy and his …

Network neutrality: Dinosaurs like Time Warner and AT&T have nothing to worry about.

The ongoing battle over broadband network neutrality is confusing, and the stakes for consumers and businesses are high. What’s the worst that can …

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist

<b>Scenes from a younger life # 1:</b><p>I am twelve years old. I am alone, I am scared, I am cold, and I am crying my eyes out. I can’t see more than six feet …

Environmentalism

Capitalism simply isn't working and here are the reasons why

Suddenly, there is a new economist making waves – and he is not on the right. At the conference of the Institute of New Economic Thinking in Toronto last week, Thomas Piketty's book <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i> got at least one mention at every session I attended. You have to go back to the …

Surviving the post-employment economy | US & Canada

A lawyer. A computer scientist. A military analyst. A teacher.<p>What do these people have in common? They are trained professionals who cannot find full-time jobs. Since 2008, they have been tenuously employed - working one-year contracts, consulting on the side, hustling to survive. They spent …

The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity

The right yearns for an era when churches and local organizations took care of society's weakest—an era that never existed and can't exist today.<p>Ideology is as much about understanding the past as shaping the future. And conservatives tell themselves a story, a fairy tale really, about the past, …

Bible barons: How the GOP uses religion to keep voters captive to corporate ideology

<b>(AP/Susan Walsh/Reuters/Larry Downing/photo collage by Salon)</b><p>If you want to know why nine out of the 10 poorest states are located in the hyper-religious South, look no further<p>CJ Werleman<p>March 4, 2014 1:43pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Last week, a bill to make way for the …

A Valuable Reputation

After Tyrone Hayes said that a chemical was harmful, its maker pursued him.<p>In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn’t trust. He instructed the students in his lab, where he …

Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers.

“Do what you love. Love what you do.”<p>The command is framed and perched in a living room that can only be described as “well-curated.” A picture of …

How Not to Talk to Your Kids

What do we make of a boy like Thomas?<p>Thomas (his middle name) is a fifth-grader at the highly competitive P.S. 334, the Anderson School on West 84th. …

IQ

We need to talk about TED | Benjamin Bratton

Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster<p>In our culture, talking about the future is sometimes a polite way of saying things about the present that would otherwise be rude or risky.<p>But have you ever …

The real reason law schools are raking in cash

<b>John Houseman in "The Paper Chase"</b><p>The profession’s in crisis, but the schools don’t care. They’re steeped in a toxic, hyper-capitalist worldview<p>Benjamin Winterhalter<p>November 24, 2013 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Since at least 1985, the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education has published annual …

David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'

The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract<p>• Lanre Bakare: Go home, David Simon. Without justice …

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