Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stop pretending you're not rich

From an editorial by Richard Reeves in the NY Times,  June 2017: The rhetoric of “We are the 99 percent” has in fact been dangerously self-serving, allowing people with healthy six-figure incomes to convince themselves that they are somehow in the same economic boat as ordinary Americans, and that it is just the so-called super rich who are to blame for inequality.

Progressive policies, whether on zoning or school admissions or tax reform, all too often run into the wall of upper-middle-class opposition. Self-interest is natural enough. But the people who make up the American upper middle class don’t just want to keep their advantages; armed with their faith in a classless, meritocratic society, they think they deserve them. The strong whiff of entitlement coming from the top 20 percent has not been lost on everyone else.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Albert Borgmann, Holding on to Reality

Back in the early 2000's I had an interest in the digital representations of animals online, and how animals cams create an imaginary biogeography. I read this 1999 book below, "Holding On To Reality" by Albert Borgmann. It has a lot to say then about the importance of the context of information, and how the internet separates us from that context and creates a slippery slope of ambiguity. I am struck now by its prescience and how it anticipated the rise of fake news and alternate facts.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Taoist Tai Chi Society

These are photos from a Taoist Tai Chi intensive we had in Lexington last year. We now have classes at a couple of locations in town three days a week.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My bedtime reading in 2016 Part 2

I also read the Fudge series, aka Farley Drexel Hatcher, by Judy Blume to my twins, Kate and Sara. Here are a list of the characters.  I enjoyed it - very observant, not Tom Wolfe social novels but plenty of fun and kid realism to propel it along. No wizards, magic or fantastical beasts in sight. Leave it to the dogs in Call of the Wild to convey those kinds of forces in the world.