But part of Plato’s genius is that he doesn’t present it as an easy proposition like this; he goads and prompts and provokes the hearer to come to this sort of conclusion, kicking and screaming: he assumes that the hearer will think that the best life is one in which a person is free to enjoy whatever they want, and the best state is one in which people are free to do what they want. But he shows that without virtue and proper order, such a life, or such a state, is just one step away from tyranny.
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He wanted it to be “different,” and he’s praying for you, America. That is not “gracious.” What it is instead is a pretty typical Romney, a man who would arrogantly refuse to entertain the notion of defeat and then grind in his heels and refuse to accept it for as long as possible. A man who would pout that his wife would have made a kickass first lady, who thanks men for their tireless work and “wives” for picking up the slack. That was your glimpse, Tuesday night, of what your President Romney would have looked like. And maybe it doesn’t sound gracious to say so, but thank God that’s the last look we’ll have.

Mary Elizabeth Williams on why Romney’s concession speech was simply not gracious. (via bricksandmortarandchewinggum)

That line about thanking his campaign staff for their work and their wives for picking up the slack was so telling.  “Of course, I wouldn’t hire women to tell me how to run my political campaign!  This is real work, it’s important!” 

I put all my guilty pleasure/shame music on CDs so iTunes can’t track the number of plays.

Tags: realtalk music

thedailywhat:

‘You Don’t Own Me’ PSA of the Day: The latest opposition to the GOP’s War On Womenis led by 1960s teen idol Lesley Gore, who recruited some well-known indie female faces — Lena Dunham, Carrie Brownstein, Miranda July, Tavi Gevinson, Tracey Ross and more — for a “wicked lip-dub protest version” of her 1964 hit “You Don’t Own Me.”

[dangerousminds]

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politicalprof:

M.C. Escher, Relativity (1953)
… or, Mitt Romney’s political positions.

politicalprof:

M.C. Escher, Relativity (1953)

… or, Mitt Romney’s political positions.

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re: Columbus

umcanyounot:

Christopher Columbus was a racist slave-trafficker who ordered the kidnapping, rape, and murder of women and whose journey sparked a genocide

And he didn’t even discover America.

Just so we’re all on the same page.  

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Poster Women is a visual mapping of the women’s movement in India through posters. It’s an incredibly rich archive.  This one says “Let us stop the persecution of women in the name of religion.”
Here’s a little blurb about the project:

The idea was to ask what the history of the movement would look like through its posters and the visual images it had used, the various campaigns that the movement has engaged with and the forms these campaigns have taken over a period of time. When we initiated this project we were convinced that it was important to collect and document posters from the movement because the women’s movement has been—and remains—an extremely rich, complex and multi-layered movement, which lacks an easily accessible knowledge base.

Poster Women is a visual mapping of the women’s movement in India through posters. It’s an incredibly rich archive.  This one says “Let us stop the persecution of women in the name of religion.”

Here’s a little blurb about the project:

The idea was to ask what the history of the movement would look like through its posters and the visual images it had used, the various campaigns that the movement has engaged with and the forms these campaigns have taken over a period of time. When we initiated this project we were convinced that it was important to collect and document posters from the movement because the women’s movement has been—and remains—an extremely rich, complex and multi-layered movement, which lacks an easily accessible knowledge base.

But there is a bigger story here as well: the entire country received a high-def, prime-time lesson in the difference between skilled, union labor and a ramshackle operation of unskilled scabs. When Scott Walker is sticking up for the union, you know we’ve arrived at a teachable moment worth shouting from the hills. People who care about stable jobs with benefits and reversing the tide of inequality in the United States should seize this moment. We should ask not only the Scott Walkers of the world but politicians of both parties drinking from the same neoliberal fever-swamp, Why do you think we need skilled union labor on the football field but not in our firehouses, our classrooms, or even our uranium facilities?

I’m teaching Plato’s Allegory of the Cave tomorrow, so I’m listening to “The Cave” by The Whisperlights while I do my course prep.

And when you see the shadow

Beneath the burning sunlight

You’ll never find your way back

You’ll never want your way back