Category Archives: Food for thought

Anthropologists of the world, unite!

“A spectre is stalking Capitalism–the spectre of Anthropology. All the Powers of Capitalism have bound themselves in a crusade against this spectre: the Florida Governor and the U.S. President, Dominique-Strauss Kahn and the IMF, Wall Street and Congress….

Anthropology knows that what currently exists does not have to be. Anthropology knows more about capitalism than any other academic discipline. Anthropology needs to make “an explicit claim to the moral optimism that may be this discipline’s greatest appeal and yet its most guarded secret” (Trouillot, p.136).

It is high time that the Anthropologists openly set forth before the whole world their perspective, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this fairy tale about Capitalism with a Four-Field Manifesto. To this end, Anthropologists of the most diverse nationalities and subfields assemble on open threads like Academia and #OWS, informing the following Manifesto….”

Read the rest of  Anthropology, Moral Optimism, and Capitalism: A Four-Field Manifesto


Exporting chopsticks to Asia

How to make $200,000,000

Here is a clip of Bono discussing his One and Red organizations on the Daily Show this past Thursday


Watch his hand when Jon asks him whats in it for him…..

Slavoj Zizek. Capitalism and Intervention

The nose rubbing and interruptions to the interviewer annoyed me beyond measure. But once I got over that, this guy provides some very interesting critique of the Occupy movement,  the Prague Spring in 1968, traditional politics, democracy and capitalist financial mechanics.

Slavoj Žižek, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a visiting professor at a number of American Universities (Columbia, Princeton, New School for Social Research, New York University, University of Michigan).

Occupy Economics!

On November 13th 2011, economists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst drafted an open statement to the Occupy Wall Street movement pledging their support. Since then, more than 250 economists from around the world have added their names. Read more at

Meet The World’s Most Expensive Photo

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the world’s most expensive photo. Would you pay $4,338,500 for this? Why would anyone do this?

Go to full story….

Smile or Die – Barbara Ehrenreich

We’ve mentioned Barbara Ehrenreich in class, and after our discussion of Foucaultian power, or more specifically a type of social control made possible through self-regulation that is influenced by and aligned with the agenda of the state, I felt this was worth posting.  Here Ehrenreich reveals a sort of unrealistic optimism that has been designed and encouraged to keep our focus away from any sort of critical engagement with issues and inequities in our current social, economic, and political structuring.

It’s well worth watching: only 10 minutes long, insightful, and entertaining.