Peter Augustine Lawler
the poverty of techno-utopianism
Higher Ed, Hollowed Out

Overweening devotion to ideals of technological and scientific progress has many universities churning out a utilitarian kind of education, one more suited to machines than human beings.

that's so bourgeois
America’s Middle-Class Myopia

How our cultural fixation on the welfare of the middle class blinds us to a deeper view of human freedom and flourishing.

Saving Higher Ed from Middle-Class Tyranny

American higher education suffers as much from inflated costs as from what Tocqueville considered middle-class morality: identifying ultimate freedom and fulfillment with work.

Why Republicans Should Watch More TV

Republicans are poised to take the semi-deserved brunt of public anger after the maddening fiscal cliff “showdown”, a further hit to a brand already tarnished by the 2012 election results. To all the political theorists, intellectuals, and social scientists cooking up strategies to revive the party, I say: Watch more TV. I don’t mean, of […]

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