Kipling would be surprised by good signs emerging from the Korean peninsula. Seeing such a backtrack from ideas of confrontation and braggadocio may mean that, perhaps, policies of sunshine can win out after all. That has precedence, and things look favorably towards that approach as big players get on board.
Unfortunately, there’s also a history of such agreements breaking down.
Worst case scenario, let’s make sure no tertius gaudens occurs:
I like the work of Freddie deBoer. I really do. However, he recently wrote about the value of standardized testing (and I disagree). However still, at other times, I agree when he says things like:
“What happens after we close the racial achievement gap? Would it imply that a bigotry against those not blessed with strong academic potential would be justified? That’s what “meritocracy” argues, and I believe it’s a moral error. I believe that this tendency, called the hereditarian left by some, will only grow in a world where the logic of meritocracy has brought us spiraling inequality, the division of our country into essentially two different societies with profoundly different qualities of life.”
So agree and disagree at the same time. Hegel would be pleased.
How do we justly divvy up the resources we have in the world? Continue reading “All the Standards Fit to Test”
According to the commander-in-chief: “as long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve.” Is this encouraging? Or megalomania?
Continue reading “For The Symbol Minded”
Criticism notwithstanding, behaviorism can be interpreted to supply a cautious optimism about changing one’s current state of affairs. But optimistic outlooks can be fickle.
Continue reading “The Politics of Associative Learning”
They have more in common than you’d think. The obvious answer is that they both have an obnoxiously long duration that wasted hours of my life, are devoid of any meaningful substance, pander to the the worst cliches imaginable, and are insulting to our common sense. But the obvious is not always the full story.
Continue reading “Transformers 3; or, What’s Wrong With Sexual Harassment Training”
The current version, attempt number 70-something, to repeal Obamacare looks like it will be unsuccessful. For the moment that is. Continue reading “Repealing Obamacare”