October 4, 2014
"There are constant laments about the so-called loss of norms and values in our culture. Yet our norms and values make up an integral and essential part of our identity. So they cannot be lost, only changed. And that is precisely what has happened: a changed economy reflects changed ethics and brings about changed identity. The current economic system is bringing out the worst in us."

Paul Verhaeghe at AlterNet (first in The Guardian). Has Neoliberalism Turned Us All Into Psychopaths?

Our me-first economic system has changed our ethics and our personalities.

September 13, 2014
"Narratives are inevitably moralistic; they are never created spontaneously from “the facts” but are rather stories imposed upon a range of phenomena that always include implicit ideas about what’s right and what’s wrong. The proponents of the Industrial Revolution inherited from the philosophers of the Enlightenment the narrative of human (read: European) progress over time but placed technological advancement and economic liberalization at the center of their conception of progress. This narrative remains today an ingrained operating principle that propels us in a seemingly unstoppable way toward more growth and more technology, because the assumption is that these things are ultimately beneficial for humanity."

Jeremy  Caradonna in The Atlantic. Is ‘Progress’ Good for Humanity?

Rethinking the narrative of economic development, with sustainability in mind

September 8, 2014
"We are united by our relations to a common history, a common heritage of cuisines, architecture, crafts, professional and leisure activities, arts and literature, and more which shape our imagination, providing us with the memory of smells and colours and patterns of response, and mutual expectations, which enable us to understand each other, and open avenues for individual development and creativity within the common bonds, individuality which makes itself understood to others, because its roots are in the common culture, and which can be freer and richer because of the richness from which it derives. Interpretations of cultural goods, of history and psychology, are crucial to these processes precisely because they combine preservation with change, plurality with relating to a common core, the common object of interpretation."

Joseph Raz interviewed by Richard Marshall at 3:AM Magazine. from normativity to responsibility etc

September 5, 2014
"Increasingly the way in which the global battle against Islamism is being fought will trump the values for which the West proclaims to stand."

Richard Dowden at African Arguments. Battle against Islamism brings realpolitik back to Africa

September 1, 2014
"Marketing is the sanctification of commerce, through translation into a values discourse."

Venkatesh Rao at Ribbon Farm. The Economics of Pricelessness

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January 4, 2014
"Freire’s writings embody a mode of discursive struggle and opposition that not only challenges the oppressive machinery of the State but is also sympathetic to the formation of new cultural subjects and movements engaged in the struggle over the modernist values of freedom, equality, and justice."

Henry Giroux at his Web site. Paulo Freire and the Politics of Postcolonialism 

December 23, 2013
"The poor do not merely owe each other money, they owe each other life, which they give to each other in abundance."

Quinn Norton at Medium. The Values of Money

Bitcoin, Money, and Datalove, Part One

September 28, 2013
"Radical monopoly reflects the industrial institutionalization of values. It substitutes the standard package for the personal response. It introduces new classes of scarcity and a new device to classify people according to the level of their consumption. This redefinition raises the unit cost of valuable service, differentially rations privilege, restricts access to resources, and makes people dependent. Above all, by depriving people of the ability to satisfy personal needs in a personal manner, radical monopoly creates radical scarcity of personal—as opposed to institutional-service."

Ivan Illich in Tools for Conviviality.

August 26, 2013
The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21

Nice list and a nice reminder how good it is to give children opportunities to affirm their best intentions, something adults need too.

Peter Alsop—My Body

August 24, 2013
"Manning and Snowden confront Washington with something far more worrisome. They threaten the power the state had carefully accrued amid recurring wars and the incessant preparation for war. In effect, they place in jeopardy the state’s very authority — while inviting the American people to consider the possibility that less militaristic and more democratic approaches to national security might exist."

Andrew Bacevich in Washington PostAre Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next.

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