Category Archives: Watch Your Language!

How language,, the use of words, conceals and distorts meaning.

Blog #51 The Baran-Marcuse letters – Not Just the Facts, in Critical Social Science


Blog #51 – The Baran-Marcuse letters – Not Just the Facts, in Critical Social Science The issue that Paul Baran and my father confronted in their correspondence[1] was, I suspect, what was an on-going and troublesome theme for them both, … Continue reading

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Blog #48 – Writing About Inequality


To the Editor, The New York Times, (re: Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off,but Far Behind”.. (Front page, May 1, 2014)  A researcher is quoted as saying: “the poor are better off than they were… but they have also … Continue reading

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Blog #37 – Lopsided Language


Loaded Language Language is a political tool. That’s generally recognized.  What speakers mean when they use words like “freedom,” “security,” “justice,” or “democracy” says a great deal about where they stand politically, and such terms are deliberately used for their … Continue reading

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Blog #35 – Watch your language, Krugman and the Rest of “Us.”


Watch your language, Krugman and the Rest  of “Us.” Paul Krugman, a favorite of mine, in writing about the present currency crisis in the New York Times, August 30, 2013,[1] brings to mind an old joke:  The Lone Ranger and … Continue reading

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Blog #28: Sandy, Housing, the Market, and the State’s Planning Response


Blog #28: Sandy, Housing, the Market, and the State’s Planning Response The attempt by government to mix the public and private market response to disasters such as Sandy, or indeed to mix the two in dealing with the crisis in … Continue reading

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#10 – The Changes in Occupy and the Right to the City


Blog #10 – The Changing Character of Occupy and the Right to the City I. The Historical Roots of Occupy and the Right to the City Both the Occupy movements and the Right to the City movements, two of the … Continue reading

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On Reading David Harvey on the Tarmic with the help of Jesus


ON READING DAVID HARVEY ON THE TARMAC IN TORONTO, LISTENING TO JESUS’ VISION ” The term “city” has an iconic and symbolic history that is deeply embedded in the pursuit of political meanings.  The city of God, the city on … Continue reading

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