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The Concepts of Ideology, Hegemony, and Organic Intellectuals in Gramsci’s Marxism

The three concepts discussed herein constitute perhaps the most important components of Gramsci’s “philosophy of praxis.” For one thing, the three …

Food Companies Influence the US Dietary Guidelines—and a Court Decided That's Just Fine

Would you want, say, the egg industry to shape government policy over whether people should avoid cholesterol?When government regulators make …

Eggs

Two Terrible Ideas, on Their Way to History’s Dustbin

A recent Gallup poll found that worries about race relations were at an all-time high in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. This has been a …

Income Inequality

This couple didn’t tip their Latina server. They left a hateful message instead.

The message on the receipt rattled Sadie Karina Elledge, but it made her grandfather see red.<p>Instead of leaving a gratuity on Monday, a couple eating at the Harrisonburg, Va., restaurant where Sadie works scrawled: “We only tip citizens.”<p>The dig was aimed at Sadie, 18, who was born in the United …

United States

Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no.

Dylan Noble died on the last Saturday of June.<p>Police in Fresno, Calif., received a report of a man walking a downtown street with a rifle, but when they arrived, they instead found Noble speeding by in his pickup truck.<p>When they tried to pull him over, the 19-year-old led police to a nearby gas …

Law Enforcement

Forget learning to code: Every employee should know data analysis

“Learn to code.” Around the world, it has been a familiar refrain. And the world has duly learned.<p>Time was that the standard in-school computer education was little more than word processing, spreadsheets and some basic programming. When I taught at Cal Poly in the ’80s, undergrads all had to take …

Leave it to an 8th-grader to explain his “white boy privilege” better than most adults

Leave it to an eighth-grader to explain a concept that many adults still struggle with.<p>For a contest at his school in Atlanta back in May, 14-year-old Royce Mann read a slam poem about his "white boy privilege." The whole thing is impressive not just because Mann manages to describe what it means …

How Porn Stars Get Around Social Media Nudity Rules

Porn age restrictions are meant to be on their way to the UK, but they'll have to contend with social media platforms that let X-rated network slip through filters anyway.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>It only takes about one scroll down Meana Wolf's Twitter account to come across an …

Social Media

How to Lie: Pro Tips from an Undercover Cop, a Lawyer, and a Dominatrix

To get some insight into the world of deceit, we talked to people who have to lie like it's their job.<p>Your boss didn't buy it when you said you were late because of a "pet emergency." Your parents didn't believe you when you told them you had no idea where that scratch on the car came from. Your …

Trespassing

Watch: 4 myths about the Black Lives Matter movement, debunked

Franchesca Ramsey answers all the questions your Facebook friends have about Black Lives Matter.<p>Black Lives Matter marked its third anniversary last week, but as comedian and activist Franchesca Ramsey points out in the latest episode of MTV’s <i>Decoded</i>, a lot of people still don’t get the meaning of …

Black Lives Matter

Who got rich off the student debt crisis

• Facebook<br>• Twitter<br>• Mail<br>• iTunes<i><br>42 million people owe $1.3 trillion in student debt.<br>It’s a profit center for Wall Street and the government. Here’s how we</i> …

Finance

The “parenting happiness gap” is real, new research confirms

It’s an almost immutable fact: Regardless of what country you live in, and what stage of life you might be at, having kids makes you significantly less happy compared to people who don’t have kids. It’s called the parenting happiness gap.<p>New research to be published in the American Journal of …

Happiness

The big change that could help poor people afford wealthier neighborhoods

In the Washington D.C. area, a federal housing voucher for a two-bedroom home will cover up to $1,623 a month in rent. That's $1,623 if the two-bedroom is in wealthy Dupont Circle or in lower income Congress Heights. In either neighborhood, the family pays what it can afford — 30 percent of its …

Housing

Department Of Education Report Shows Racial Disparity In Student Suspensions

Black preschoolers are suspended 3.6 times more often than whites—just one of many revelations from the Department of Education. Host Linda Wertheimer speaks to Ed Team reporter Anya Kamenetz.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>Remember the black teenager who was thrown from her desk by a school cop? …

Education

The big problem with one of the most popular assumptions about the poor

In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel, a researcher at Stanford University, invited several hundred children to participate in a game in which they were given a choice: They could eat one sweet right away, or wait and have two a little later. Initially, the goal was simple: to see how and why people …

Psychology

America's top CEOs pocket 340 times more than average workers

Analysis by the AFL-CIO union found that chief executive officers of the top 500 companies took home $12.4m on average while they exported jobs overseas<p>The US’s top 500 chief executive officers earned 340 times the average worker’s wage last year, taking home $12.4m on average, according to a new …

CEOs

A third of cash is held by 5 U.S. companies

The rising cash holdings of U.S. corporations are increasingly in the hands of a few U.S. companies, with just five tech firms having grabbed a third of it. And nearly three-quarters of cash held by non-financial U.S. companies is stashed overseas, outside the long arm of Uncle Sam.<p><b>Apple (AAPL)</b>,</b> …

Investing

The Impossibility of Reviving American Manufacturing

It’s easy for candidates to talk about bringing jobs back from China, but making factories the centerpiece of the U.S. economy is another matter.<p>Every election has its signature issues, which candidates ignore at their peril. This year, the Republicans have the border; the Democrats are making do …

Manufacturing Sector

Robert Reich: Wealth inequality is even more devastating than income inequality

Two thirds of Americans now live paycheck to paycheck. This isn’t sustainable, warns the former secretary of labor<p>Wealth inequality is even more of a problem than income inequality. That’s because you have to have enough savings from income to begin to accumulate wealth – buying a house or …

Retirement

Women have better chances of getting hired when competing against women

A female candidate’s chances of being hired are statistically zero if she is the only woman in a pool of finalists, a recent report on job hiring practices found<p>If you are a woman applying for a job, having another woman in the final candidate pool could significantly improve your chances by 50%, …

Employment

College-educated women earn $8,000 less a year than men as gap widens

The gender wage gap among 2016 graduates has increased, as men make about $4 more an hour than women, according to Economic Policy Institute study<p>The gender wage gap is not shrinking – it’s growing. Female college graduates now earn $8,000 a year less than their male contemporaries, a gap that has …

Gender

Tired, poor, huddled millennials of New York earn 20% less than prior generation

Entering the workforce in the greatest economic downturn in living memory, millennials earn much less than Generation X and might never close the gap<p>Scoff all you like at hoverboard hipsters and Brooklyn baristas: life is tough for millennials trying to chase down their American dream in New York …

Demographics

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

Multitasking is pretty much seen as a necessity in the modern world. The ability to do several things at once – even if it’s something as apparently simple as emailing and talking at the same time – is taken for granted.<p>But the belief that engaging in several tasks at once means we are more …

Cell Phones in Classrooms? No! Students Need to Pay Attention

In the battle for the hearts and minds of students, the front line for educators has changed over the last couple of decades. Rather than the age-old …

Teacher: What third-graders are being asked to do on 2016 Common Core test

Students across New York have been taking the 2016 state-mandated standardized Common Core tests — first in English Language Arts and later this week in math — and from the beginning of the administration of the exams, trouble has been reported. Wrongly printed test booklets, poorly constructed …

Teaching

Do Law Schools Cook Their Employment Numbers?

It's often assumed that even in tough times, lawyers can find good jobs. But that proposition is being overturned by a tight legal market, and by a glut of graduates.<p>The nation's law schools are facing growing pressure to be more upfront about their graduates' job prospects. Many students say they …

Is a law school lying about employment data? A struggling grad sues, and an unprecedented trial begins.

In 2003, Anna Alaburda, like countless other college graduates, found herself adrift.<p>She had received a degree from New York University the year before, then took a theater class and worked as a production assistant in California. Alaburda was looking for more lucrative employment prospects — a …

College & University

Excerpt: 'Academically Adrift'

<b>Academically Adrift</b><br>By Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa<br>Paperback, 256 pages<br>University of Chicago Press<br>List Price: $25Read An Excerpt<p>As enrollment rates in colleges have continued to increase, a new book questions whether the historic number of young people attending college will actually learn all that …

This Is What It's Like to Raise a Gender-Neutral Child

"When they hear you're pregnant, the first question people ask is whether it's a boy or a girl. Why is everyone so eager to figure out my child's genitals?"<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Netherlands.</i><p>On a recent visit to Stockholm, I met Miranda—an LGBT-activist and mother of a …

Gender-Neutral