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Universal basic income: Bruce Sterling imagines the rest of the 21st century

On BruceSterling imagining the #future & #BasicIncome at #SXSW…not for the faint of heart.

Bryan Alexander

How might universal basic income play out, if we choose to adopt it as a way to restructure our economy and society?  Cyberpunk writer, journalist, and killer speech-giver Bruce Sterling dove into some possibilities at the close of this year’s South By Southwest.

The speech begins with a gloomy rumination on the conference, so you can skip ahead to around 25:00 or 26:00 for the possible UBI futures.  And no, there’s no transcript available yet:

Sterling turns to human history to find ways of structuring a society that pays people not to work.  Helpfully he plays them out against the left-right political spectrum.  They include:

  • a universal academy, where people devote themselves to learning.
  • militarization: people serve and receive basic support, which pleases the right wing.
  • refugee status, where authorities supply clothing, food, shelter (“universal basic everything”).
  • a religious settlement, like living as monks or under sharia
  • expanded retirement.  “Everyone retires…

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A Day Without Women action shows the importance of teachers in public schools

the same goes for #adjuncts and other #highered faculty/staff whether public, private or online

Seattle Education


Women have always been a valuable and integral part of the economy, and women’s paid work is becoming increasingly important to family well-being. In 2015, 42 percent of mothers in the United States were breadwinners, and an additional 22.4 percent were co-breadwinners, making between 25 percent and 49 percent of household earnings. The women’s strike offers an opportunity to reflect on how important women’s labor is to the country and remind Americans of what remains to be done to accurately value the work that women do to sustain the nation’s families and economy.

A Day in the US Economy Without Women: Center for American Progress

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A Day Without Women action shows the importance of teachers in public schools

How exactly would a day without women affect the economy? According to the Center for American Progress’ calculations based on the labor share of the gross domestic product, or GDP, and…

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The Power of Being Heart-Centered

@WhatNow? This is #whatwecando too

The Revolution Where You Live

One after another, the executive orders roll down from the top office of the land—orders that dismantle health coverage and launch the building of a wall while demolishing efforts at climate protection and access to birth control. And then a new set—excluding from the United States desperate refugee families from seven Muslim countries.

Each one of these policies is an affront to the extraordinary and diverse people we are as a nation and to our hopes for peace and well-being for all.

dsc_1095 Lyla June led water protectors on a march of forgiveness to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department. Looking on is Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network.

I am watching this unfold as I am launching my new book, The Revolution Where You Live, with talks in cities across the country. As I tell stories from my road trip to the Rust Belt, Appalachia, and to Native American reservations, I…

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Did you know you can’t actually just join the Democratic Party?

must read post by California #adjunct activist Helen Worthen for any/all interested in hacking/occupying the Democratic Party


b-city-hallThis is the old Berkeley City Hall. The new main offices are about a block away. About 20 years ago, Joe and I got married on the grass among the redwood trees to the left of the picture. It was not raining at the time.

Did you know you can’t just join the Democratic Party? I didn’t either. And so don’t a whole lot of other people.

I was at a house meeting hosted by a neighbor the other night.  These are going on all over the US, hundreds and thousands of these meetings in what is reportedly the greatest upsurge of civil society activity in recent memory.  At this meeting people went round-robin listing the different organizations they were supporting, participating in, or organizing, and also events like demonstrations or sit-ins that they had gone to. The list was long. It ranged from church groups to lawyers’ groups to street…

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The world according to Facebook

Welcome to Facebookistan


The majestic plural, the royal “we,” is deployed by individuals in high positions seeking to cast their own opinions as the views of a much larger group for whom they feel empowered to speak as a representative. Generally, it is worth approaching pronouncements using this “we” with a certain amount of skepticism. This measure of disbelief is warranted regardless of the source from whence this “we” emanates, be it an elected official, a religious leader, or the CEO of a major tech company. In short, when such a figure puts forth the pronouncement:

“Today I want to focus on the most important question of all: are we building the world we all want?”

One should be on guard.

The above quotation comes from the recent manifesto/business plan/mea culpa posted by, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg – it is a document that is rife with terms like “we,” “us,” and “our.” Writing…

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#Resistance Is Working!

@SarahVanGelder‘s title says it all. Don’t stop pushing back. #Resist! Bring your friends and join other resisting groups.

ICYMI read Atlantic article on how “American Institutions Are Pushing Back Against Trump and CommonDreams article “From #DayWithoutLatinos to Rapid Response Teams, Deportation Resistance Builds” and Yes! Magazine‘s “7 ways to make an even bigger impact when you #DivestFromDAPL

The Revolution Where You Live

Reposted from Betsy Taylor. 

For everyone who believed in #resistcongrats on helping with the following successful efforts. Because of you:

1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).

2. Federal judge imposes temporary nationwide halt to Trump’s travel ban.

3. Green card holders can get back in country after massive airport protests and litigation efforts. Iraq war vets were part of those protests.

4. Uber CEO drops off presidential advisory council and pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter. 200,000 Uber users drop the app. Lyft gives 1m to American Civil Liberties Union to fight immigration ban.

5. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air with help from private companies.

6. The ACLU raised 24M over one weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).

7. HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted due to…

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Weekend Links!

weekend reading with for precarious faculty caught up with grading, prep and protesting (and anyone else too). I used to re-blog Gerry Canavan’s link collections regularly but somehow slipped out of the habit. It’s a great and readable way to catch up on the week’s news, political outrages, science fiction and more.

Gerry Canavan

tumblr_ol5we0t6ty1romv9co1_500* Are you at AWP? Or in DC generally? Jaimee is! She’ll be doing a book signing at the Waywiser Table at 12:30 Saturday and then reading at the Waywiser reading at 7:30 PM at the Den.

* I’ll be giving a short workshop on Octavia Butler and Kindred at the Stanford Humanities Center next Thursday, if that’s convenient to you!

This is so outrageous. 21 years in the US, arrived at 14, two US citizen children, arrested at a scheduled check-in with ICE. You could hardly find more compelling proof that this is entirely and exclusively about cruelty.

* “Pentagon journal explores what could happen if a president called for Muslim internment camps.” Gee, I wonder.

Meanwhile, in another classic authoritarian maneuver, the outsized ego at the heart of the Trumpist seizure of power has surrounded himself with an obliging retinue of enablers and quisling yes-men. Trump likes to…

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Carrying history forward

History of predecessors to contemporary incarnations, however renamed as family detention centers or refugee camps

“A haunting history of modernity’s greatest tragedy: concentration camps. Coming from Little, Brown in September 2017.

Beginning with 1890s Cuba and ending with Guantanamo today, [Andrea Pitzer pinpoints camps around the world. From the Philippines and Southern Africa in the early twentieth century to the Soviet Gulag and detention camps in China and North Korea that took root during the Cold War, camp systems have been used as tools for civilian relocation, political repression, and extermination. Often justified as a measure to protect a nation, or even interned groups themselves, camps have instead served as brutal and dehumanizing sites that have claimed the lives of millions.”

Andrea Pitzer

I first visited the site of a former concentration camp in November 2011, flying into Hamburg on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Seventy-three years before, in 1938, a maelstrom of organized street violence directed against Jews across Germany and Austria led to the detention of tens of thousands, along with the destruction of hundreds of synagogues, thousands of businesses, and nearly a hundred deaths. At that point, I had been focusing on concentration camp history for three years. My thought was that by traveling on those dates, local commemorations for Kristallnacht in Germany might reveal how public memory had preserved or forgotten these events.

My first night in Germany was spent in Bergedorf, a suburb on the southeastern outskirts of the city. I woke up early the next morning, put my laptop into my backpack, and walked four miles to the former concentration camp at Neuengamme.

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After the Big Marches, How to Bring the Revolution Home

Another glimpse of European higher education and technology

A look at differences and similarities across U.S. and European higher ed.
Check out presenters in #DGED Storify for some links to presentations, find across the pond higher ed sources to follow. Our profession is global — explore that.

Bryan Alexander

Last week I had the honor of addressing a European Union higher education meeting in Malta.  I actually presented three times, each session offering a different cut of my thoughts on the future of education and technology.

The conference was titled “The State of Digital Education”, and offered a fine snapshot into how European academia is approaching technology, how it’s responding to new social developments, and looking towards the future.  In this post I’ll identify some of the most interesting ones, especially for non-European audiences.

Participants were an intriguing mix of officials (national education ministries, European organizations, NGOs), faculty members, and technologists.  Full credit to the event planners for drawing together this variety, and for making them comfortable enough to work with each other.  That especially means the excellent Alex Grech.  (Here’s a Storify of conference tweets, thanks to veecam)

Bryan lecturing. Photo by Auður Rán Þorgeirsdóttir Nothing like Trump to get attention from…

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