Month: May 2014

Should be writing a test in English…

…reading this instead.

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Granted, the test is supposed to be about Winter’s Bone so I’ll naturally (at least for being me) deal a whole lot with decoding expressions of class and hierarchy (especially gender roles and hierarchy). But still. It is not as fun.

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Althusser Revisited!

Apparently On the Reproduction of Capitalism, the sort of Director’s Cut/Extended Version of “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” – an article/essay that I’ve found to be quite illuminating (and at the same time a bit “meh, I already know this”). Anyhoodles, the people over at Critical-Theory.com have decided to make a shorts and illuminating summary/translate it from English to American. Read it.

Perhaps another note on bullshit jobs…

…but definitely a comment on Sweden today:

“Beggars do not work, it is said; but then, what is work? A navvy works by swinging a pick. An accountant works by adding up figures. A beggar works by standing out of doors in all weathers and getting varicose veins, bronchitis etc. It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course — but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless. And as a social type a beggar compares well with scores of others. He is honest compared with the sellers of most patent medicines, high-minded compared with a Sunday newspaper proprietor, amiable compared with a hire-purchase tout-in short, a parasite, but a fairly harmless parasite. He seldom extracts more than a bare living from the community, and, what should justify him according to our ethical ideas, he pays for it over and over in suffering.”

― George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London