Saturday, July 04, 2015

4th of July - We have a lot to learn from corporate America

Yes, America’s birthday is coming up, and you’re probably thinking about ways to get a head start on the celebration. However, before wishing your country a happy 2015th birthday on social channels, you might want to make sure you know precisely how old the country is. Because 2015 is… not the right answer US Independence

Taxation Without Representation: Why We Celebrate July 4th

Bernard Salt - What are the largest and most powerful corporations in Australia and what does this list say about the nation and its people? Are the most powerful corporations in Australia much the same as they are elsewhere?

We have a lot to learn from corporate America

In a review of Why Men Fake It, Jonathan M. Metzl wrote:
It’s hard to be a man these days. For years, men enjoyed the trappings of hegemony unencumbered by guilt, reproach, or self-loathing. Men smoked like Don Draper, drank like Foster Brooks, and drove like Jimmy Dean. The world was theirs, and they paved American roads as pathways to their enjoyment. Men worked hard and dallied even harder. A plate of meatloaf, Lassie, and a chipper nuclear family waited dutifully at home until they returned.
Now, however, it takes a lot of work to keep things in order. This is not to say that the system is not set up for male privilege—indeed, the system slants in men’s favor like never before. But a growing group of men apparently feel persistent anxiety that things are not as they werethat a golden age is lost. These men are being encroached upon by politics, public health, and a society that wants what they have.
Jonathan M. Metzl, Sequester This!: The Perils of Masculinity and the Truth About Sex | Public Books

It’s always worth it to revisit Tony Porter’s Call to Men.
The Mansplainer could be part of the gender typology mapped by Laura Kipnis. But such a chapter would have probably been redundant considering there’s already Rebecca Solnit’s excellent, often-cited Men Explain Things to Me

Over beer in an Oxford pub, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis talked torture, Tertullian, bores, odd place names, and the revitalization of Christian intellectual life ...

Claims about Russia.  A speculative but important piece by Max Fisher.  And Russian village prints its own currency