- Presidential Fitness Test Now Awarded To Any Kid Who Can Eat Without Sweating
- What to Do About the Nanny?
- Ron Paul has two problems: one is his, the other is ours.
- The richness of Twitter
- The Argument for New Year’s
- Progressives and the Ron Paul fallacies
- This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids
- The Messager
- In Oakland, you can lynch yourself.
- Misinformation, Disinformation and African-American Lynchers
- What “Right to Work” Laws Reveal about Libertarians
- How Austerity is Killing Europe
- PayPal hates your antique violin.
- Police Demographics hUnit Casts Shadows from the Past
- Occupy Wall Street Livestream Operators Arrested
- History and the Politics of Collaboration
- Do Nothing, Be Nothing: Violence, idleness, and nihilism in Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84
- Agamben and Schoenberg
- Teen Unemployment Remains Sky-High in New Numbers
- “What If He Loses?”
- Financial Regulation: Back to the good ol’ days of 2008.
- The World According to Ron Paul
- Newspapers, Paywalls, and Core Users
- Ron Paul Style Libertarianism and Reversing Mass Incarceration
- Border Police train Israeli teens to detain illegal Palestinian workers
Is this the long-awaited Nigerian Spring? The conventional wisdom (which I shared but increasingly doubt) is that the country was too divided by religion and ethnicity and with too weak a sense of national identity for a popular opposition movement comparable to those that roiled Tunisia, Egypt or Syria. Yet, the protests are nationwide and peaceful; thus far, casualties have been caused by the security services, not the protestors. In some cases, protestors have organized themselves through the use of social media. Protestors in Kano are explicitly invoking the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement. They refer to their encampment as ‘Occupy Kano’ and its venue as ‘Tahir Square.’
- Ethan Zuckerman asks Occupy Nigeria – a reactionary occupy movement?, A Response to Ethan Zuckerman from Sahelblog, and Zuckerman’s response.
- Nigeria: The case against removal of fuel subsidy and the argument for deregulated petroleum sub sector
- Interview: Nicholas Ibekwe of Occupy Nigeria
- How Not to Remove a Subsidy
- Foremost Nigerian Novelist Chinua Achebe, Other Writers Declare Solidarity
In this picture, Christians are seen providing peripheral security to the Muslim protesters as they prayed in front of a police van.
For political speech to be meaningful, it requires attention, which is a finite resource — and, a resource that has been highly marketized. Attention goes to the highest bidder — the person with most economic, social, cultural, or symbolic capital to trade. The attention economy is an ever-shifting field where those already in power seek to consolidate their position by establishing exclusionary practices that distinguish them from others and continue to draw attention their way. Those who control institutions get to write the rules and the rules will always ensure that they are heard at the expense of others. Only those at the very top have the luxury of (naïvely) assuming their speech is interpreted on its own intrinsic merits. And, this elite benefits when others embrace this same power-blind ideology. As a result, C.W. Mills observed long ago in The Power Elite, “American men of power tend, by convention, to deny that they are powerful.” The world is not flat, and those at the top of the hill have an easier time projecting their voices. And, while universities certainly tolerate a few of what Patricia Hill Collins called “outsiders within” — who speak on behalf of the 99 percent — we should not fall into the trap of confusing the exception for the rule.
The problem fans of the book are having with the portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the film is not that she’s too sexy, or too subordinate, or anything specific. The problem is that Lisbeth Salander in the book is completely unbelievable, and rendering her in a film with a flesh and blood actress is bringing that artifice in to sharp relief.
Lorene Turner said with the help of Dallas Police, she found her granddaughter in an unexpected place – Colombia. There are still many unanswered questions about how an African-American girl who speaks no Spanish is mistaken for a foreign national.
- One in every six dollars in the world is evading taxes.
- Occupy Oakland Vigil Raided, Several Arrested, Video
- Immanuel Wallerstein on 2011 and the Left
- In Oakland, You Can Be Charged With Lynching Yourself
- Is It Any Surprise NYPD Would Investigate Anti-Muslim Terrorism as a “Bias Crime”?
- Rortybomb on pricing parking and privatization broadly.
- No Resolution: Cruel Optimism at the beginning of the end.
- Raiders of the Lost Archives
- On “demands” and the left
- Top 48 ads that would never be allowed today
- Why the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Victory at the Polls May not be Decisive
Police Preparing for Riots / Martial Law / Economic Collapse: