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Links, yet again [Aug. 24th, 2011|08:36 pm]
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I've fallen behind on the links again. I've slacked on the news from New Antioch, because frankly, I find it too depressing. There's been some activity though, and they've finally filled out the full six tenure-track faculty positions (took 'em long enough). You can find it all here, if you care.

Oh, and there was Reunion in June. I wasn't able to attend and haven't been through most of the videos, but there is this:

(There's ostensibly a presentation video in between these two, but on the website the link is only a pothole, so I'm not sure what's going on there.)

EDIT: It seems that the Antioch University Board wasn't satisfied with closing Antioch College in its mission to roll back victories for humanity. Recently it changed around its governance policies ("clarified" according to the Board's propagandists), prompting more than half the governing board of Antioch University Los Angeles to resign in protest. You can read about it here and also here. Also be sure to check out the comments.

I've been cutting down on other links, too, but I did recently read this article from 1977 which points out many of the drawbacks of the corporate mindset. The Washington Post has published a pretty nice biographical piece on Bayard Rustin, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the little-sung heroes of the black-led freedom movement. Going back a couple years, Chris Hedges explains why he identifies as a socialist, citing Albert Einstein and George Orwell.

In New York City, labor activists (including the IWW!) have won a substantial victory against a major food company which (interestingly enough) tried to dodge its obligation to workers by pleading non-successor corporation status. In Ann Arbor, Daniel Buttry writes about remembering those who serve the United States in peace. The second half of the piece prominently features my personal hero, George Lakey.

On a lighter note, mary_j_59 also recently put me onto Dean Wesley Smith's articles on publishing. I don't necessarily agree with every point he makes, but it seems like a worthwhile read for aspiring authors.

Apparently, unschooling is as an educational paradigm is gaining proponents, to which I say "Hear, hear." Here are two recent articles relating to unschooling. One from CNN giving an overview of the unschooling philosophy (along with some criticism), and one about a new school in Phoenix, Arizona which runs on unschooling or "Sudbury Academy" principles.

Also, today is Howard Zinn's birthday (another of my personal heroes). When Zinn died in January 2010, I wrote a memorial citing his statement that he viewed his A People's History of the United States as "the first chapter, not the last, of a new kind of history." I went on to say "it will be the greatest possible tribute to his memory for more young, socially conscious historians to come along and write the succeeding chapters." Little did I know, at that point, that that year would see the publication of a new kind of history, A Renegade History of the United States, by Thaddeus Russell.

I'm not sure if Russell's book is indeed the next chapter in this "new kind of history," but it's certainly an interesting read, and it obviously owes a lot to Zinn's legacy. For those reasons, and a couple more, I will be posting a review of A Renegade History in the next couple weeks. I'd hoped to have the review finished by now, but I'm not quite there yet.

For now, here's a short article by Russell on the history of Labor Day which should give you some idea what he's talking about.

And here's to Howie. Thanks again for everything.

Peace out, everybody.