These laws are an embarrassment to our country. The evidence is overwhelming that Stand Your Ground laws lead to more murders and worsen systemic racial discrimination.
This whole notion of doing only work that you love has always affronted me but I’ve lacked the articulation to be able to explain my objections. Only the top levels of developed world society can really consider that as an option. Almost all of the world has to labor just to survive. It just has always seemed so snobbish to me to think that people should all aspire to having only rewarding work to do to support themselves.
I believe in the reward of doing honest work in an honest way—that’s satisfying to me, even if I can’t always say I enjoy it. My work is not significant or important on a global scale, and I know it. But I do it pretty well.
I’ve probably told you the story of my wonderful professor, Russ Kelly, in my first year of college. One day he brought in a newspaper article about the wage increase for garbage workers in San Francisco that had recently passed. He pointed out that someday, even if we did well in college, that we may end up doing something like that because it paid well and we needed the money. But he said that a liberal education is for the enrichment of your heart and your brain, and it’s meant to give you something to think about, and a way to think about it, for the rest of your life. And he said that if someday you work as a garbage collector, you can enjoy thinking about Plato.
That’s the kind of advice that was actually helpful.”
Last month Tumblr took a decisive step toward transparency, and today we’re asking that our government do the same. We’re standing with our colleagues from across the web to demand transparency and accountability around laws concerning privacy.
Today is “The Day We Fight Back” against unfettered surveillance. We hope you’ll join us.
I was hoping Tumblr would have integrated this into the dashboard, but a a post to the staff blog is cool, too, I guess.
TODAY is The Day We Fight Back! Thousands of people across the Internet are rising up in protest of mass surveillance by the NSA, GCHQ and others. Here’s what you can do:
Call/Email your representatives! The more people that directly contact their legislators, the better a chance we have of making a real difference.
Check out our new project, Privacy Squared. We can help you take back your privacy.
SPREAD THE WORD! We want as many people as possible involved in this.
That’s it! Thank you for helping to make a difference.
The coming age of 99% unemployment.
John Robb: “[M]ost of the commercial activity in goods and services we see today — from education to health care to manufacturing to transportation to retail to legal services —[may be] accomplished by less than 1% of the people it used to require.”
Also: Edward Snowden proves that one person acting alone can wage war on the world’s only superpower. And it looks like he’s winning.
I’m reminded of a quote from the great futurist Buckminster Fuller:
We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.