"Today human parasitism disrupts more than the atmosphere, climate, water resources, soil, flora and fauna of a region: it upsets virtually all the basic cycles of nature and threatens to undermine the stability of the environment on a worldwide scale."

Murry Bookchin - ‘Post- Scarcity Anarchism' (1986)

Truths and myths about the rise of part-time jobs

Putting the Obamacare myths aside, the U.S. has a long-term problem of too few full-time and too many part-time jobs.

Solving that problem is actually simple: increase aggregate demand. The fastest, smartest and most economically beneficial way to do that is by investing immediately in fixing up our decaying infrastructure.

If you want more jobs both now and long-term, tell your senator and your representative to invest in America’s future — especially in its roads, bridges and other infrastructure, the commonwealth property on which private wealth creation depends. Also tell them to stop cutting basic research budgets and start pouring money into laboratory work, where trained workers far outnumber available jobs.

As for the Affordable Care Act, on the basis of timing, law and logic it cannot be blamed for the problem of part-time jobs.

"Accordingly, in this work the category Western subject does not refer to an essence of uniformity not to a metaphysical self-presence. The connotation is not essence but the process of constitution of identity; it thus refers to a position or positioning, to a place, or placing, that is, to a specific inhabiting of a place. It refers to a process of generation, to a process of coming into being, of invention and of fashioning of a place called ‘Western’. The peculiarity of a colonial discourse such as Orientalism may be said to reside precisely in the Westernizing (as well as Orientalizing) operation itself. This is a process by which members are instituted as Western subjects. The operation I call ‘Westernizing’ consists in the fashioning of a historically specific fantasy whereby members imagine themselves as Western. The engendering and fashioning of the Western subject thus has a fictive character. But the fictive character of this position does not mean that it is not real; on the contrary, it produces material effects by constituting the very bodies of the subjects that it subjects. It refers to the historical inscription of a particular identity."

— Meyda Yegenoglu, Colonial fantasies: Towards a feminist reading of Orientalism

"[T]he process of ‘becoming’ a Western subject refers to its members becoming ontologized. One is not a Western subject because there exists a pre-given structure called the Western culture which imposes itself upon its members. The transformation of individuals into Western subjects is not accomplished by issuing Western identity cards. One ‘becomes’ and is made Western by being subjected to a process called Westernizing and by imagining oneself in the fantasy frame of belonging to a specific culture called the ‘West’. This imaginary, however, is not a private or an individual undertaking. It is a process that exists externally and objectively."

— Meyda Yegenoglu, Colonial fantasies: Towards a feminist reading of Orientalism

"In this culture, gender attribution, like gender assignment, is phallocentric. That is, one is male until perceived otherwise. According to a study done by Kessler and McKenna, one can extrapolate that it would take the presence of roughly four female cues to outweigh the presence of one male cue: one is assumed male until proven otherwise. That’s one reason why many women today get “sirred” whereas very few men get called “ma’am.”"

— Kate Bornstein, Gender Outlaw

"A methodological strategy that consults transsexuals and allows them to validate (or modify) the research findings is particularly significant given that transgendered people are seldom consulted in the studies, articles, monographs, and books written about them. It is extremely rare that they are given the opportunity to approve how the data of their lives is interpreted."

— Viviane Namaste, Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People

"Since we are dealing with the Germans, who do not postulate anything, we must begin by stating the first premise of all human existence and, therefore of all history, the premise namely that men must be in a position to live in order to be able to “make history.” But life involves before everything else eating and drinking, a habitation, clothing and many other things. The first historical act is thus the production of the means to satisfy these needs, the production of material life itself."

— Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology, 16 (via trashingdays)

"It is impossible to achieve a harmonization of man and nature without creating a human community that lives in a lasting balance with its natural environment"

Murry Bookchin - ‘Post- Scarcity Anarchism' (1986)

"this is the problem I see not just with Facebook and OKCupid’s experiments, but with most of the arguments about them. They’re all too quick to accept that users of these sites are readers who’ve agreed to let these sites show them things. They don’t recognize or respect that the users are also the ones who’ve made almost everything that those sites show. They only treat you as a customer, never a client"

The problem with OKCupid is the problem with the social web

"The use of any dating service poses a threat, at an individual level, to the fantasy of authentic love. The business transaction that grants access to potential partners; the intentionality of sorting and filtering characteristics—rather than relying on an inchoate spark factor; the calculated effort to find love, rather than allowing love to find you, all make the maintenance of a fate-based narrative difficult to maintain … The fate-based narrative, as a social fact, should be in peril. And yet, I don’t believe it is. Musicians keep singing about it, films keep telling love’s story, and many of my friends who use dating services continue to talk about finding “The One.”"

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