Economic Update: Higher Ed Class Struggles

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On this week's episode of Economic Update, Prof. Wolff provides updates on top Corp leaders and top govt officials as tight partners, British wages and Brexit, Goldman Sachs. Interview with Prof Michael Pelias on Long Island University lockout of faculty.

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  • commented 2016-09-29 11:33:26 -0400
    To John Ellis….Many, many are the indigenous cultures that see humans as simply a part of a larger whole, that stress cooperating with each other and the earth itself. It is not that humans are natively greedy – humans are natively both greedy and cooperative. It is the culture and its systems that encourage one over the other. Nature may be unalterably, but culture and systems are human creations, and subject to change. We have fallen ill to a pervasive meme that has been spread through generations and by conquest and colonialism. It is time to reject the meme of greed and exploitation.
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  • commented 2016-09-26 15:24:31 -0400
    Up next: the automatization of teaching in the form of AI interactive programs to teach English lit. and everything else. Why not? Computers can store so much more information than a single professor, no matter how experienced and expert in her field, right? Student: "Professor, what does Fielding’s Tom Jones tell us about the sexual manners of the landed gentry in 18th century England? Professor Bot: “Beginning in the England of the mid-18th century, the rate of population growth increased rapidly due in part to an increase in food production brought about by the industrial revolution and the displacement of the agricultural peasantry to urban production centers. The libertine behavior of the character Tom Jones in Fielding’s eponymously titled novel reveals an attitude toward sex that, extrapolated across his class, explains a rise in the number of foundlings providing additional cheap labor for the growing number of Satanic mills, coal mines, and factories, thereby facilitating the grim Dickensian world of the 19th century.” Student: “Yes, but what about the sexual manners of the landed gentry? How did men and women relate to one another?” Professor bot: “Concupiscence, carriages, ripped bodices and unbuttoned breeches. Compute.”
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