Peripheries Against the Coup

Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, is facing impeachment proceedings initiated by right-wing elements in government. For background, read this piece in Jacobin: "A Coup in Brazil?". The impeachment represents a naked power-grab by the far right. One of the deputies, Jair Bolsonaro, dedicated his impeachment vote to the 1964–1985 military dictatorship's torturer-in-chief, one of whose victims was none other than Rousseff. Major Brazilian media players like Folha de São Paulo have provided a platform for »

Education Has a Glock to Its Head

The immediate furor over Glock-gate at Mount St. Mary's University has died down, so it's an opportune moment to take the focus off this particular bunny-drowning president (who resigned as I was writing this), and to consider what's at stake at MSMU and beyond. The plight of the small liberal-arts college is well known. Hundreds of these colleges dot the map of America (at least its eastern half). Most of them are far more expensive »

Unjust Firings at Mount Saint Mary's

The president of Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland made headlines recently when he used metaphors of drowning and execution to explain a new policy of culling academically weaker students from the first-year herd. "You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads." When faculty objected to this policy and this rhetoric, university president and former hedge fund manager Simon Newman summarily fired them, ignoring due process and tenure protections. Please »

Site Update

I have switched to a new web host, so you may notice some formatting irregularities until I am able to correct them. I have only migrated my most-read posts, so if you came here following a broken link, it's likely that the post you're looking for is no longer on the site. Some media files have also moved or have been removed. If there's an article or old blog post that you can't seem to »

On Galeano's Supposed Disavowal

Eduardo Galeano died on Monday. Some obituaries, including ones published by the New York Times and NPR, repeated a claim that the Uruguayan author had “disavowed” his best known work, Open Veins of Latin America. This claim originated last year with comments Galeano made at the Bienal do Livro e Leitura de Brasília, a book festival at which Galeano was a guest of honor. At a press conference, he was asked the following question: “Forty »