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Newspapers, disabled: On The Washington Post’s disability article

Newspapers, disabled: On The Washington Post’s disability article

It’s hard to write about disability in America. It’s especially hard to write about federal Social Security disability payments in rural America. It’s such a difficult topic because it strikes at the heart of one of the central myths of our civil and economic religion: No matter who you are, where you were born, what Continue reading Newspapers, disabled: On The Washington Post’s disability article

Millenials don’t need a purpose, we need a union: A response to Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech

Millenials don’t need a purpose, we need a union: A response to Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech

(Author’s Note: I made a few additions and edits for clarity and emphasis after originally publishing at 1:12 a.m. on May 26, 2017) At his Harvard commencement speech on May 25, Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook fame, served up a warmed over, entrepreneurial version of megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s 15-year-old religious treatise The Purpose Driven Life Continue reading Millenials don’t need a purpose, we need a union: A response to Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech

Dispatch from South Carolina: “I think we could use a union here.”

Dispatch from South Carolina: “I think we could use a union here.”

As a child, I was sometimes unsatisfied by the explanation for the privileges of adulthood that extended well beyond my own. “Because I’m a grown-up” never seemed to pass muster as an explanation for why my parents could do certain things that I couldn’t – stay up past 9 p.m., have extra ice cream, drink Continue reading Dispatch from South Carolina: “I think we could use a union here.”