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The history of capitalism is actually a combination of two histories: it’s a history of employers attempting to hire workers and develop new technologies to make profits and expand the reach of capitalism; it’s also a history of workers banding together to improve wages and working conditions and imagine ways of moving beyond capitalism.

The World Bank’s World Development Report, currently in draft form, comes down firmly on the side of employers and their historical role.

The theme of the 2019 report is the “changing nature of work.” As envisioned by the reports authors,

Work is constantly being reshaped by economic progress. Society evolves as technology advances, new ways of production are adopted, markets integrate. While this process is continuous, certain technological changes have the potential for greater impact, and provoke more attention than others. The changes reshaping work today are fundamental and long-term, driven by technological progress…

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#Colorado @AAUP chapters in #CCCS celebrate 5 years of pushing for change


By @ColoradoLark in @AcademeBlog

Our AAUP chapters of the CCCS, now with members at six of the 13 colleges within the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) are celebrating our fifth year of organizing CCCS faculty. 25 more words

by Caprice Lawless via AAUP Chapters of the CCCS celebrate five years of pushing for changeAcademe Blog

Cartoon of the day

Checking out the disappearance of David Ruccio’s splendid links on economics, culture and society blog posts from precarious life & times Facebook page, I went to refresh the feed only to discover that it was no longer there. Until it returns or other arrangements become necessary, I’ll route it through here.

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Falwell: “The big victory was finding a way to tame the faculty”

How does the expression “taming the faculty” (especially adjuncts teaching online) sit with you? Recall as well Tressie McCottom’s keenly descriptive “profit generating” for prospering private non-profits.

The Pietist Schoolman

If you want to feel sick to your stomach about this country’s largest Christian university, make time to read Alec MacGillis’ article on Liberty University for ProPublica.

ProPublica logo MacGillis’ article was also published in The New York Times Magazine

It’s not just that you’ll be reminded of Liberty president Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s alliance with Donald Trump and the damage it has done to the word “evangelical.” It’s the depth of MacGillis’ reporting on Liberty’s massive online program. I’ve mentioned it before at this blog, both in terms of Falwell’s stated desire to use technology to make Christian higher education available to lower-income students… and significant concerns about the way that Liberty has made enormous profits from mass-produced academic programs marked by high attrition and loan default rates. But MacGillis’ article was still eye-opening.

I knew that Liberty took in hundreds of millions of dollars from federal financial aid programs…

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New Power! Using Those In The Streets To Make Change

Clay Forsberg’s advice for precarious times, to get out in the streets and make change where we live, goes for adjunct faculty and others living precarious lives too.

Clay Forsberg

Since Donald Trump has taken office, we’ve seen the streets of America come alive in ways we haven’t since the Vietnam protests of the ’60s. Last year millions protested in the #MeToo movement and for the rights of women. This year we’ve seen the students of #NeverAgain take their turn in like numbers to protest the insane gun culture that has infected the United States. And just last month, teachers in Oklahoma and West Virginia and beyond protest the equally insane disregard this country has for funding education. The country has had it. We are no longer willing to idly sit by and let this decimation of democracy continue brought on by Washington D.C. and state capitals nationwide.

In my last post I followed the lead of Parkland organizer Jaclyn Corin and implored we get up and scream at the healthcare industry for their refusal to make any effort in…

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“You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Room.” -Chief Brody

Lecturers' Employee Organization

Will this be it? The last bargaining session? If so, it’s time to rally, time to gather, time to come together and make one last, enormous show of support for a fairer, more equitable, and overall great contract for U-M lecturers!

I wrote a possibly lovely, arguably clever, yet certainly long-winded introduction to writing about the next regularly-scheduled bargaining session. But let’s not bury the lead too much: Next Friday, April 6, will mark the third and final OPEN bargaining session, running from about 10 AM until about 5 PM. It will NOT take place in Palmer Commons. Instead, bargaining will take place in the Michigan Room on the second floor of the Michigan League (911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. There’s also a MUCH-smaller Michigan Room in the Michigan Union on S. State St., but we’ll be at the Michigan LEAGUE.)

This may…

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Rainy Adjunct Action Day/NAWD at Mesa College 2018

Bravo! San Diego #adjuncts remember #NAWD on another #walkout day, National School Walkout Day

The Adjunct Crisis

In the interest of coordination with other protest events, our humble but serious Adjunct Action Day NAWD took place today. A last minute change was the accommodation of the national school walkout to protest gun violence in schools, which conflicted with our planned protest. We altered our start time to 10:20 from 10:00. Of course, we addressed gun violence. Also addressed, in several short speeches, including comments by, among others, me, Geoff, Jesus Gaytan, and one of our supportive board members, Peter Zschiesche, were taxing the richest to pay for free community college, appealing to the governor to increase adjunct office hour pay, the injustice being perpetrated on DACA students, and ending adjunctification by hiring all or most of the 87% adjunct faculty at Mesa College, a quick and efficient solution, into full-time positions, paid for by a tax on, you guessed it, the richest’s ill-gotten gains.

In my brief time…

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The kids are alright: young activists brace for the NRA onslaught

This blog post is by the same David S. Meyer cited in the DW News article on the Parkland shooting that I recently shared to Precarious life & times on Facebook.

PS I’m now following this blog and recommend it to readers.

Politics Outdoors

emma gonzalez david hogg Emma Gonzales and David Hogg, seniors. Two of the many strong young leaders from Stoneman Douglas High.

As soon as the brave and committed Parkland students revealed that “thoughts and prayers” would not be an adequate response to the mass shooting they lived through, ardent gun supporters set their sites on the kids. Social media provide ready access for offensive and outlandish claims.

So, opponents charge the students are not, in fact, students, but actors or plants, paid to undermine resistance to gun control;

or that the killing of 17 people at a public high school was fabricated, a “false flag” to justify gun control;

or that the kids, informed and articulate, are stooges of manipulative adults determined to foist gun control on the United States;

or that the traumatized students are understandably emotional, but certainly not able to offer wise policies on a complicated issues. (This last bit is…

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We Need Radical Imagination

Connecting with and recognizing other #precariouslives as common ground with our own is a start. Then what? This! Dreaming and radical imagination.

The Revolution Where You Live

Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It is a source of power.

IMG_2581 Mural in Newark, New Jersey, celebrates imagination. Created as part of the mayor’s Model Neighborhood Initiative. 

There are many consequences to the near daily barrage of lies, violence, bigotry, and vulgarity produced by the Trump administration. One impact: This atmosphere crowds out space for imagining and creating new possibilities.

So it was refreshing to hear that for Poka Laenui, radical imagination is not dead. His favorite thing to imagine: What his beloved Hawai’i will be like once it regains sovereignty.

Laenui is one of the leading voices for Hawaiian independence, a radio host, attorney, convener of the Hawaiian National Transition Authority, and an international advocate of indigenous peoples recognized for his work at the United Nations.

Imagination, as Laenui describes it, is not only an antidote to…

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WSU Vancouver’s Mike Caulfield to Lead New ADP Digital Polarization Initiative

ICYMI important for #adjuncts too but not just for their students…as informed media users/consumers, researchers, public intellectual, educators, and digital activists.

AASCU's American Democracy Project

AASCU’s American Democracy Project is excited to announce a new national initiative on digital polarization to be lead by our inaugural civic fellow, Mike Caulfield of Washington State University Vancouver. Mike is a longtime ADP participant and supporter, having been actively involved in our eCitizenship initiative established in 2009 when he was at Keene State College (N.H.) and since at WSU Vancouver. Mike’s expertise as WSU Vancouver’s director of blended and networked learning and his passion for advancing the learning of online communities and ensuring informed civic engagement make him well-suited to lead this new effort and to galvanize the ADP community around advancing student civic literacy in our digital and polarized age.

The Digital Polarization Initiative, or “DigiPo”, is an attempt to build student web literacy by having students participating in a broad, cross-institutional project to fact-check, annotate, and provide context to the different news stories that show up…

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