Political Education for Everyday Life
Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life seeks to revitalize progressive politics. We challenge progressive dogma by encouraging readers to think about the political dimension to all aspects of everyday life. We seek to broaden the audience for leftist and progressive writing through a commitment to accessibility and contemporary relevance. more »
When Psychics Ran for President on a Platform of Free Love
The late 19th century was a time of revolution and free thinking. Victoria and Tennessee Claflin became involved, and Victoria ran for President. read »
Reflect on the past year of culture in the major city in Michigan, a site of conflicting, or perhaps complementary, irony and sincerity. read »
Bye Bye, Facebook
Facebook is sharing all my data with the US government. Private companies, and governments like Egypt, can get my Facebook data too. Forget that. read »
People were excited at the promise of starting a really great project for higher learning, and to be able to teach what we wanted, as we wanted, without money and profit motives and administrative harnessing to get in our way. read »
The Speciousness of Origin: Notes from Palermo
In a Palermo natural history museum, ponder our inveterate need to diminish and hold out of sight our connectedness in the mesh of all life, and the invalidities of our politics and presumptions in our blindness. read »
The author considers the present political situation as a psychomachia, a drama in which what any of the dramatis personae say or any of the bi-partisan accords they enact do no more than mask the “Unthought” that conceals the hidden heart of the matter.
In this first "diagnosis," the author examines the neoliberal psyche. read »
Natoli's last examination of the American cultural psychic drama, or psychomachia, focuses on a repressed, suppressed and devilized leftist ideology. read »
Cyber-liberty, Democracy and the Arab Psyche
In the Arab world the freedom to converse and not the mere googling of information is what can trigger political change and social networks make this possible. read »
Social networking's political value in the U.S. may not exceed its distracting/seductive values but such has not been the case with the Arab Spring Revolutions. read »
Overall, a reprise of Pop Art. read »
Burning Man 2014
The wooden Man himself, over a hundred feet tall, burned on Saturday night, represents aspects that one wants to get rid of. read »
My Name Is Rachel Corrie
My Name Is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play that consists entirely of Rachel Corrie's own words. read »
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: Deep script, great performances. Spoilers.
His heart is in his singing career. read »
The MC5 Build to a Gathering
Which was a rock n’ roll rebellion, you know? read »
She's written songs of her life, sung over a few chords strummed on guitar. read »
Mike Kelley at PS1: Dark Humor Unseats All Rules and Restraints
Kelley challenges cultural politics and the status quo directly, gender and identity within self and object relations, artistic techniques and forms. Recontextualizing meaning through the alterations of familiar, mundane low-brow imagery and ideas, he unseats social constructions. read »
Thin Gruel with Bison: Ann Arbor Folk Music Forty Years Ago
The death of Pete Seeger (1919-2014) prompts thoughts about folk music in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1970-73. read »
In his book Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain, Gary Olson explores the connections between biology, empathy, and capitalism. read »
The Secret Life of the American Teenager ended its five-season run on June 3, 2013. The series often (and awkwardly) walked the line between liberal and stodgy, realistic and unrealistic. read »
Miss Education: Thank You, Lauryn Hill
This album meant everything to me when it came out. read »
The Stooges' Ready to Die
Punk rock is youth and rebellion, and old punks don’t die. read »
The rock gods, in blue jeans and black sport jackets, slipped into a back room where they could press the flesh with fans. read »
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new issue (2014)
Edited by Charlie Bertsch and Joseph Natoli
This issue tells this story of economic growth and prosperity, envisioned in a particular way, relegating historical memory to the dust pile. read »
Edited by Mike Mosher
November 2013 saw much ink and pixel devoted to November 22nd, 1963, the day US President John F. Kennedy was shot. This issue of Bad Subjects: Political Education in Everyday Life examines the imagery of his enduring legacy, and especially his assassination fifty years ago. read »
A reaction to an article on Millennials.
By Canceling "Tell Me More", NPR Diminishes Public Radio
Michel Martin's show was a valuable, even essential, part of the day's listening schedule.
REHABILITATION and Humanar®
Official correspondence, and a modest proposal.
The Bad Professor's Beltway Decoder: A Lexicon of Washington Media
markets, the: casinos for the rich that we subsidize.
Human Being & Mendicants: Two Poems
The Free Exchange of Ideas: Our New Normal
The task of reaching young minds already "friending" and "unfriending" words in line with powerful overriding societal priorities, plus the frustration of discovering that all attempts at "unpackaging" those priorities lead to the dead end of a student's personal opinion that overrides even Socrates's pedagogy, is a formidable task, but one not deterred by disingenuous notions of the "free exchange of ideas." read »
It's the cameras around us, and the ones in our pockets, and the software and servers that monitor our texts and clicks, that make, and record, history in 2013. read »
Prison for Peace
Some are arrested, go to trial, and leave family and community for jail and prison, all in the cause of peace. read »
George Zimmerman: Out Looking for Trouble
The insidious racism in this country is at the case's heart. read »
"Maggie, Maggie, Maggie,..."
The news came on Monday, April 8th that Margaret Thatcher was dead. read »
Bad Subject Stephen Perkins, blogging from Cairo, posts photos of the street art of Egypt's evolving revolution that's displayed in Tahrir Square.
Who Gives a Cluck What Dan Cathy Thinks?
On July 16, 2012, Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A confirmed that his company is decidedly anti-gay marriage. The chain's conservative politics have long been suspected; Chick-fil-A is notoriously Christian. If you want a banana shake on a Sunday, you're out of luck. look »
Costumed for Life and Love: San Francisco LGBT Freedom Day 2012
The City marched, danced and celebrated in its finery on Sunday, June 24th. look »
All the love and adulation heaped upon her should have been heaped upon my Mum, and other widows and veterans of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, once shipped off to obscure Christmas Island. read »
Oakland (after William Blake)
I wander down each corporate street,/There where the corporate cop cars go... read »
To transform Florida’s economy and draw businesses to the state, Governor Rick Scott announced college students should abandon humanities and social sciences to pursue degrees and careers in science, engineering, and math (STEM).read »
Predator Drones, Reaper Drones, and Total Disconnect
by Rosalie Riegle
At a national Catholic Worker gathering, activists sat down in front of an entrance to Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada.read »
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