Sunday Link Encyclopedia
Who’s with me in thinking that Ian Welsh is a Putinbot blogger who gets paid to write his hysterical posts? Because if he doesn’t even get paid for producing this idiocy, I will lose all faith in humanity.
“People are beginning to compare Illinois to a country famous for things beginning with S: Sophocles, Socrates, and sovereign debt. That’s right; according to the Economist, Illinois may be the Greece of America.” Not that anybody should trust the Economist, a magazine that publishes only the people who don’t understand anything about the economy, but there is a problem in Illinois: its new governor is very openly and shamelessly trying to rob the state to enrich his private companies two seconds after being elected.
[Spanish.] If this is the architecture of the future, why does it look so much like the butt-ugly architecture of the 1960s?
[Spanish.] The surprisingly nationalistic rhetoric of the new and popular radical-Left party of Spain. I’m really, really hoping that the entire Leftist program isn’t reduced to resisting the collapse of the nation-state. If that happens, progressives will become conservatives because trying to conserve the outdated models of the past is precisely what conservatives do. Are the conservatives and the progressives about to swap seats?
A great insight into the concept of “white privilege.” I will be a happy person if I never hear the stupid word “privilege” again in any context.
“Russian prosecutors are seeking a 10-year sentence for Alexei Navalny, a leading opponent of Vladimir Putin and a Western media darling. Navalny, who has focused on exposing state corruption, is already under house arrest for a previous charge that many claim is trumped up, and now he stands accused of corruption himself.” I don’t know about “a Western media darling.” Have you heard of Navalny anywhere but on my blog? But this trial is worth following.
“The latest developments in the war against Ukraine fell on fertile ground in terms of the info-war in Germany. As we have seen, Russia had been engaging in co-option of German elites in politics, academia, media, business and culture for the last ten years with stunning success. Almost in every area, networks of support for Russian interests have garnered sensational results.”
I find it absolutely terrifying that people over the age of 9 can actually write such stuff in deadly earnestness: “Gilchrist, I think — like many other people who have always lived in that bubble of wealth — is truly convinced that virtue and success are inevitably connected. Hard work, really, and toughness are all you need. Do your job and wealth, beauty, and good things will come raining down on you. I mean, that’s how winner happen, right? They work hard and make good choices and don’t whine? Right? And therefore it follows, ipso facto, that anyone who does not have success, who is not a brilliant winner, living in a lovely three-bedroom house with hardwood floors (paid off, of course) and a tenure-track job, I mean obviously, just did not work hard and make good choices and should stop whining, because all your fault, loser.”
[Spanish.] The real tragedy of the Cuban people comes out in their own words. They are about to experience a very rude awakening when they start finding the truth about “the best country in the world” that they believe Cuba to be.
[Russian.] Gosh, I so wish everybody could read the post by this refugee from the war zone in Ukraine. Everything about the region and its problems becomes crystal clear from this author’s post.
Why it has become very hard to teach rape law. I don’t teach rape law but I know exactly what this educator is talking about. The number of complaints about the”discomfort” that my (and everybody else’s, really) teaching creates is growing. I have no idea how to teach about art, history, and life “comfortably.” But the “happy pill” culture doesn’t accept the possibility that there might be any discomfort in life.
Soon law schools will pay people to enroll. I wish students read more of these articles to find out that their strange dream of attending law school is extremely misguided.
[Russian.] What Hunger Games mean to Ukrainians.
Did I mention how much I hate Uber? And people who are using it should remember: tomorrow an unqualified bored amateur will come for your job. And everybody will drop you and use the amateur because it’s just so convenient. Think about it.