Long-time readers of my blog will be familiar with much of what is found in this article, but I got paid to write this, and hopefully it will bring my story to a wider audience:
I really dislike how Justyna couched this. She made it sound like she wanted to show people that this could happen to anyone, and instead, she turned it into right-wing dogma. She clearly did not read my review of Mary Gatta’s All I Want Is a Job! as I suggested to her, and instead falls back on demanding that I blame myself.
After I posted a comment on her blog, she changed her conclusion substantially, and I subsequently commented that I appreciated her change, but her initial title, “At the End of the Day There Was Blame” gives hint to what she originally wrote.
I’ve mentioned Robert Maynard Hutchins before on my blog. He’s not related to me that I know of, by the way.
Originally posted on AP Language & Composition Notebook:
Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempt to discover whether a minimum wage job fulfills the minimal and possible standard of living in her book, Nickel and Dimed, corresponds to a universal idea that concerns the errors within society. Robert Maynard Hutchins demonstrates these faults with the quote, “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”
Specifically, Hutchins successfully implies that the disintegration of democratic values includes “undernourishment” in association to Ehrenreich’s book. Meaning, the gap between the rich and the poor will continue to develop. For example, Ehrenreich makes a distinction between corporate individuals and regular laborers. She states how some people are “corporate as opposed to human” (22) and how “managers are there for only one reason – to make sure that the money is made for some theoretical entity, the corporation” (22). Due to…
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