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Farnam Street: Stoics

The Stoic Way of Life. Bit of a longer read, but super interesting in any case. There’s a lot of pro-society, pro-human, gender equality, and egalitarian sort of ideas, here. Good to know that goes back so far into our past. Maybe we could tease a bit more of those out in our daily lives again..

Kendra: Summer WHY

Yup. Awesome.

Radiolab: 60 Words

at Radiolab.org. Unreal. How we got to endless war. Take note, Orwell, et al. It’s interesting, too, as Radiolab doesn’t generally touch politics. I like.

USA: oligarchy, not democracy

Is America an Oligarchy?. Yep. Definitely smells that way.

A study from Princeton took a numeric look at what happens in our national politics, and it tells the story that we all mostly sensed: the democratic process is succumbing to bad actors with the ability to sway issues and politics away from the interests of the rest of us puny humans.

Good to know.

Slate: Adjuncts in Universities

Hit ‘Em Where It Hurts — The solution to the higher-ed adjunct crisis lies in the U.S. News rankings. Good call. Point being that we can change incentives for universities by penalizing them for not hiring full-time faculty. It’s a problem I’ve seen effect many of my friends’ lives.

VICE: On Turning 30

by Molly Crabapple. Excellent read. Read it. Also check out Discordia, to which she contributed. Quote:

But why hang on to that know-nothing, white-girl vulnerability? Staying alive has power. The years should give you competence and toughness along with the battle scars. You’ve survived. Fuck anyone who would keep life’s beauty from your grasp.

NYT: For the Love of Money

For the Love of Money. Great article, calling out a national problem in an addiction to money from those at the very top. It’s a psychological problem which has not even been properly identified, and it’s wrecking a lot of what’s here. Our public advocacy for the continuation of the disease is also severely troubling. Excerpt:

Like alcoholics driving drunk, wealth addiction imperils everyone. Wealth addicts are, more than anybody, specifically responsible for the ever widening rift that is tearing apart our once great country. Wealth addicts are responsible for the vast and toxic disparity between the rich and the poor and the annihilation of the middle class. Only a wealth addict would feel justified in receiving $14 million in compensation — including an $8.5 million bonus — as the McDonald’s C.E.O., Don Thompson, did in 2012, while his company then published a brochure for its work force on how to survive on their low wages.