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Back to the future in New America: our new class structure

Summary: One of the news media’s master narratives is that the dark evolution of America just happens, much like the myth of the “invisible hand”. Inevitable. Resistance is futile. All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds. In fact most of the drivers of rising inequality are politics conducted by …

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Media madness #2 – their lies and ignorance make us stupid

An ongoing series at the FM website describes how we’re ignorant because we read the newspapers.  Today’s example comes from USA Today:   “Americans’ tax burden is lightest in developed world“, 25 November 2009 — Excerpt: You’d never know it from all the cable news chatter, but Americans bear the lightest tax burden in the developed world. Total …

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What should a student learn from college? Why go to college?

In the comments to yesterday’s post a discussion arose about the purpose of a college education, sparked by ”JOURNAL: I’m Young and Need Advice“ by John Robb, posted at his website Global Guerrillas, 26 October 2009.   Robb replies to an important question often asked by young people:  “What should I be doing to prepare myself for an …

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Is a college education worth a million dollars?

Summary:  One of the sad aspects of modern America is our gullibility.  We’ll believe the most preposterous statements if they feed our shiny prejudices.  Such as educators telling us that a college education is worth a million dollars.  This is the 4th in the FM site’s series about education (at the end are links to …

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