Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It should not be this fucking easy

As'ad AbuKhalil: "More students could name the three Kardashian sisters than name the Vice-president of the US in my American Government class (125 students)."

Duncan Black: "I'm not sure why people are surprised and even upset that some teenagers don't know who the hell bin Laden is."

Duncan Black: "David Duke, president of Americans in Support of Palestinian Freedom."
Bigotry or ignorance.

Paul Krugman: "Pretty soon, we’ll be having serious, completely un-self-conscious discussions in major magazines about the servant problem."

Duncan Black: "I've known lots of presumably good liberals who were uncomfortable about hiring certain kinds of household help (the "women's work" kind)..."

If you're willing to hire servants, inevitably you'll have servant problems. Paying them enough helps, but I'm not going to revisit again Douglas Black's record on class relations. It's not good.

From the About page at Domesticworkers.org: "Domestic workers care for the things we value the most: our families and our homes. They care for our children"

The page needs to be rewritten: "We care for your children. We value our families and our children more than we value yours. Caring for your children is only our job."

It's bad enough building someone's home and having them take credit for it.  Raising someone else's child must be hard.

It's not only a matter of mocking well-meaning liberals for their narcissism, but of pointing out that as a matter of practical politics for the working class, they should not be able to get away with it.

Liberalism has been redefined. American feminism has been defined to match the American Dream. I grew up in an academic household with both parents working and without servants. An old girlfriend tells her graduate students that they should not have enough time to clean their own apartments, and they if they do it's a problem.  They're paid from her grant money and it includes enough to pay a cleaning lady.

"I'm sympathetic, I really am."

See recent posts, two more from february, and one from last year. There are plenty of others.

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