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Why do I clutter up the internet with this stuff at all? Mainly because I'm trying to get into the habit of displaying as much as possible of what I'm doing in public. Also, Blogger is a decent interface for a notebook

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Good Ancestors

Laurie Penny is now, annoyingly, writing good things in print that aren't available on the internet:

youth services are the first to go when cuts are imposed, because they have few measurable outcomes -- by the time the damage done can be tallied, the political careers of the current administration will be beyond scrutiny

Nobody is investing in young people, in the environment, in frastructure, in education, in any of the things that might make us - to use an adddictive little phrase I picked up at Occupy Wall Street - "good ancestors".

Instead, allt he current crop of politicians seems to be able to do is beg and bullyu the young and disenfranchised into giving them respect...I can think of few historical moments when respect for our elders has been less appropriate

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