Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Everyone has an ideology" - Krugman

I liked Paul Krugman's blog post today, "Everyone has an ideology". (We say the same thing about what an 'ideology' is in the Anti-Textbook, p.42, actually.) The word is routinely misused as a term of abuse for whoever has an ideology the speaker or writer doesn't like.


Workin' on the chain gang, Georgia 1941

   In his hypothetical example about selling contracts for prisoners to work for corporations as slaves ("indentured workers"), that would actually be legal under the US Constitution. The 13th Amendment, added after the Civil War, reads, in part:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
 So slavery has not actually been abolished.

RH

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