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Cultural appropriation

An anthropologist tells the secrets of cultural appropriation

Summary: The PC police are on the prowl for cases of cultural appropriation. Here anthropologist Maximillian Forte explains its ahistorical origin, nonsensical logic, and valuable function (helping to keep us divided and weak).   Cultural Appropriation, Cultural Exploitation, Cultural Genocide: Problems of Neoliberal Diversity Management. By Maximilian C. Forte From Zero Anthropology, 19 December 2017. Reposted with …

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America is becoming weird. Here are some recent examples.

Summary: America has become quite weird. It’s getting more so. Here are a few recent examples. With an important conclusion at the end. Political parody and comedy blur together in our America Mad magazine ran the photo on the left on 12 December. Time ran the right cover on 29 May. Trump’s leftist critics have …

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Dreams of apocalypses show the brotherhood of America’s Left & Right

Summary: Left and Right in America are in many ways mirror images of each other, as many posts here have shown. No surprise, since we’re all Americans. If we recognize this, perhaps we can better communicate with each other, and perhaps even work together better.  {1st of 2 posts today.}   Left and Right share …

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What we do here. Why it’s unpopular. And our new theme.

Summary:  The post about the TV show “Castle” began a new series on the FM website. Before we start, let’s review what we do here. The FM website delivers harsh truths (or guesses at such). It’s a poor business strategy delivering unpopular news. On the other hand, the record shows we’re good at it. Here’s …

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The 21st century’s fiercest conflicts are rural – urban culture wars. Everywhere, including America.

Summary: One fascinating aspect of globalization is reading descriptions of social dynamics in China or Pakistan, and realizing that this applies as well to America. It is one world. That’s good news, giving us a wider range of solutions to learn from — and even borrow. Also, seeing this commonality helps disprove our delusion of …

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