Death by a Million Papercuts: Are Prestigious Degrees Really Worth the Trouble?

Allyssa Metzger’s June 2014 blog post in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Why I Don’t Drop the ‘H-Bomb’,” chronicles her experience attending Harvard and the responses she receives when others learn of her alma mater.  She discusses how she manages their expectations and how she handles disappointing people when she actually doesn’t know the answer about something.  In some ways, her experience mirrors mine and others who … Continue reading Death by a Million Papercuts: Are Prestigious Degrees Really Worth the Trouble?

Libya and the Re-Colonization of Africa

Another great editorial on the same topic is this one from Jon Pliger published not too long ago.

In previous entries I have sought to argue against the Libyan rebellion, not based on support for Qaddafi (which I do to an extent) but for the damage that the rebels and their backers are going to bring to Libya and the rest of Africa. I for one can admit that I thought the game was the West trying to get it’s finger into the Arab Spring and at minimum preserve it’s position in North Africa and the Middle East. Actually it seems like the game is much bigger than Libya or the Arab Spring and that the focus is not the Arab world but the African one. This conclusion is based on observations I and others have made about the NTC, the rebels, and the geopolitics of the old Libyan government while also bringing together new evidence from the past few weeks.  Continue reading “Libya and the Re-Colonization of Africa”

What Can Libya Teach Us About Democracy

This post first and foremost is not to deal with the reality on the ground in Libya or with the cluster____ being made there by NATO, the TNC, and the Jamahiriya fighting over the nation. Instead I want to say a few words about the theory put forward by Mummar Qaddafi in his Green Book about the organization of a socialist society. In my research on the history of Libya and the current conflict I spent considerable time studying the political structure of Libya. I have to say going in I was preparing to see a dictatorial system that has nothing to teach anyone and I have surprisingly come out of it with my mind blown and as a political sociologist in marvel (at bare minimum) of the concept of Libyan democracy. Continue reading “What Can Libya Teach Us About Democracy”

The Case Against the Libyan Rebellion

Many people will look at this title and have a heart attack thinking “How could someone not support the Libyan rebels?” The fact is yes there are many people who do not support the rebellion including a sizable part of the Libyan population. I will attempt to make the case against the rebellion and why we, especially socialists and Africans (including those here in America) ought to support the Jamahiriya, the name describing the social order implemented after the fall of the Libyan monarchy. The term itself roughly translates to “the state of the masses” and is the political implementation of the Green Book, a political philosophy written by Libyan revolutionary Muammar Qadaffi. I have moved from calling Qadaffi a violent dictator when the rebellion went down to now writing this piece supporting him and his government. I will outlay my argument not to necessarily try and convert people to my side but to first and foremost encourage critical thinking on the subject which is sorely lacking in the discussion on Libya. Continue reading “The Case Against the Libyan Rebellion”

A View of the”State of the Masses” in Libya

In the frenzy to come out against the “state of the masses” people, even on the left fail to take time to tyr and understand the roots of modern Libya to see whythere is even a civil war. If Ihave to pick between this and the pro-west rebels I’m going to opt for the state of the masses which as noted in the video Qadaffi … Continue reading A View of the”State of the Masses” in Libya

Militarism in the Obama Era

As the first year of President Obama’s term has worn on many people on the left including me have tried to answer this question: Will Obama continue and promote the militaristic endeavors and culture of the Bush era? I got my answer observing Obama’s reaction to the illegal attack/offensive against Gaza this past December. His “neutrality” on a “war” (more like low-intensity genocide imo) that killed over a thousand civilians and leveled one of the most densely populated and poorest regions of the world says a lot about his “anti-war” stance.

Others not seeing the hypocrisy in the Gaza War chose to wait for his stance on Iraq and Afghanistan. Many, especially on the left hoped that Obama would set a timetable for withdraw for Iraq and begin a withdraw (note: nobody cared about Afghanistan enough to ask for anything or wrongly considered it the “Good War”). If we look at his voting record on the wars and his team’s plans we may have not had to wait so long for the answer. Continue reading “Militarism in the Obama Era”