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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Archive for the day “December 2, 2017”

Conspiracy

A conspiracy theory to end all conspiracy theories: journalists accused of sexual harassment today are guilty for tanking Hillary’s election last year because they enjoy victimizing women.

Yes, the author is a notorious flake but it’s an absolute shame that the NYTIMES published this kind of garbage even as a joke.  

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Weird Bug

This stomach bug I have is very weird. It goes away for a couple of days and I think it’s all good but then it comes back. The worst part is that it’s debilitating. I feel completely drained. 

Moral Compass

I can’t wait to see our earnest progressives defend the sacred right of the Ivies to pay no taxes on the profits they get from investing into private jails and other equally wonderful ventures. I mean, Trump is opposed to it, so it’s got to be good. 

Good News on the Tax Plan

Wow, finally! I have dreamt about this for years:

Their tax proposal seeks to subject private universities with endowments of more than $250,000 per full-time student to a 1.4 percent excise tax on their net investment income. There are about 70 such universities. . . .

This is fantastic news, folks. The Ivies and other super expensive colleges are corporations that have been able to avoid taxation under entirely false pretenses up to now. They sit on those multi-billion endowments while forcing underpaid instructors to pay out of pocket for photocopies they use in class. 

I’m now understanding why the vile Larry Summers is so against this tax plan. He’s benefited massively from being part of such an untaxed corporation

Wow, this is huge. I didn’t think I’d ever see this even attempted. It’s a dream come true.

Book Notes: Paul Verhaeghe’s What About Me?

Society can be known by the kind of mental pathology it breeds, or rather, by what it labels pathological:

The vast majority of mental disorders are not illnesses, but biopsychosocial manifestations in individuals of broader social problems.

 Verhaeghe’s book studies the kind of mental issues that neoliberalism produces. Those who are damaged psychologically by neoliberalism are pathologized and dismissed with meaningless circular diagnoses:

A DSM-style psychodiagnostic classification is a moral ranking used to accuse people and get rid of them by means of labels.

The circular diagnoses (she has attention deficit and is hyperactive because she suffers from hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder) only make people feel guilty without offering any real help:

The description is presented as the cause of what is being described, and the use of abbreviations means we don’t see through the trick. 

There are no authority figures or centers of power that can be easily pinpointed in the world of liquid, diffuse power relations. People have to self-regulate and self-discipline in the service of power that they can neither see nor name. The absence of stable communities makes it hard to build and identity and leads to violence and psychological disturbances.

The book is a little basic for me because I knew most of this stuff. But Verhaeghe is a great popularizer. In my opinion, he doesn’t go nearly far enough in explaining how neoliberalism breeds mental illness but I understand that the resistance to these ideas is incredibly high, so he has to tread lightly.

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