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Problems with Authority, Part III

Measurement, and pay, of course, matter very much. I’m not arguing for free work or unmeasured pay… Dan Pink the behavioral economist knows that paying people crap makes them work crappily. The people who perform best at work seem to … Continue reading

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Oatmeal

This morning, I put H.’s breakfast bowl of oatmeal in the microwave, because she said she wanted it heated up. She proceeded to scream at me because I hadn’t let her push the buttons on the microwave. When I told … Continue reading

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Occupy Links

Former poet laureate of the United States Robert Hass on getting beaten up, along with his wife and his students, at Occupy Cal. Helium balloons carry tents over Sproul Plaza. A moving piece by writer Joshua Hardina on Occupy Riverside, … Continue reading

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A Defining Moment

Dear K., I saw a picture of you online. You were getting arrested at Occupy Wall Street. Do you remember the night in Boston when you tried to convince me to drive with you to the protests in Seattle? A … Continue reading

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Occupy the University

One of my students showed up at office hours to talk about the protests. She wanted to tell me about the general assembly. She wanted to know: Why did thousands of people turn out at Cal, and only hundreds in Irvine? … Continue reading

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From fieldwork: Observations on Occupy Wall Street

An excerpt from the best writing I’ve seen on the OWS movement so far, by Jedediah Purdy: Do it yourself – DIY – is an aesthetic and also an ethic, which the Occupiers are trying to take from the personal … Continue reading

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Occupy

H. played with the stacks of flyers printed up with “What to do if you’re arrested!”  and “Know your rights.” P. stood in front of a small crowd that grew as he spoke. He told them about how it’s illegal … Continue reading

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Listen to me

No one listens. This is not just a problem plaguing talking heads and politicians. We filter so furiously, we interrupt, we get caught up in our own agendas. We look at our phones. We need a snack. Other people speak, and we … Continue reading

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