Daily Archives: October 1, 2012

Are Student Loans Immoral?

Millions of grads are saddled with unpayable student loans, yet colleges still say they’re a sound investment. NYU professor Andrew Ross asks if it’s time to stop repaying the loans. Straight talk about the crushing burden of student debt is … Continue reading

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Beyond the vote: the crisis of representative democracy

Voting is meaningless when representatives are powerless in the face of greater forces. For democracy to work, we first of all need to wake up to reality. There is something profoundly wrong with our political system. As the global capitalist … Continue reading

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Health care and business don’t mix

Using private companies to provide health care on a for-profit basis is not a viable model, warn researchers. The market wins – and patients lose. According to sociologist Charlene Harrington, private, commercial nursing homes have fewer staff members per patient … Continue reading

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Global Action Networks: Creating Our Future Together

The world’s governments are overwhelmed with climate change, war and unrest, the global financial crisis and poverty but there is a promising invention in Global Action Networks. GANs mobilize resources, bridge divides and promote the long-term deep change and innovation … Continue reading

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Training as Action

Training for acts of civil disobedience can delve deeper than the actions themselves. Usually, direct action training is what it sounds like: training in preparation for a direct action. Sometimes, however, the training itself is the action. Consider this story. The members … Continue reading

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The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.

Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It’s hard to describe it in words. So, I use pictures. Read below for the illustrated guide to a Ph.D. View

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