The Ultimate Proletarian and the Neoliberal Condition

“Proletarian” has acquired many layers of meaning over the centuries, possibly in part because the many, historically changing situations of proletarians became more complex. Since the advent of western European capitalism in the sixteenth century, proletarians were defined as “members of the lowest class”. By the mid-1800s, they were “the lowest class” composed of “indigent… Read More The Ultimate Proletarian and the Neoliberal Condition

Thoughtful, Respectful, and Progressive: Regarding the “Responsibility to Protect”

Some of this has already been raised, in my recent interview with Phil Taylor, plus in an excellent article by Ken Stone, “UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay: ‘Pretext-maker’ for Western Military Aggression,” and by The Wrong Kind of Green (“Must Watch: MP Laurent Louis Exposes International Neo-Colonialists Behind ‘War On Terror’ & ‘Humanitarian Interventions’… Read More Thoughtful, Respectful, and Progressive: Regarding the “Responsibility to Protect”

A Minor Bun Engine Made Benny Lava, May He Poop on My Knee: Cross-Cultural Translation Under Conditions of Contemporary Electronic Globalization

After an absence of more than three months, it is time for another installment of Monday Morning Madness. The idea of “translating” another language into your own, by assuming that words that sound the same as words in your language are the same, is not a surprising one — the results can be disastrous, or… Read More A Minor Bun Engine Made Benny Lava, May He Poop on My Knee: Cross-Cultural Translation Under Conditions of Contemporary Electronic Globalization

The World is Flat? by Aronica & Ramdoo (Book website and readings)

Thanks to Ms. Susan Ashcroft, Research Associate at Meghan-Kiffer Press, for the notification that the website for the book by Ronald Aronica and Mtetwa Ramdoo, The World is Flat? A Critical Analysis of Thomas L. Friedman’s New York Times Bestseller has added a long series of freely available articles of relevance to the book. This… Read More The World is Flat? by Aronica & Ramdoo (Book website and readings)