Against the Grain – June 25, 2018

Against the Grain

A radio and web media project whose aim is to provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism.

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How vulnerable are cities to the weather extremes unleashed by climate change? To what extent do rising sea levels and the “heat-island effect” threaten urban areas? Ashley Dawson contends that while contemporary urban life is increasingly fragile and risky, grassroots efforts to protect communities while addressing social inequities deserve our attention. Ashley Dawson, Extreme Cities: … Continued


In 2009, the mainstream, but democratically-elected government of Honduras was overthrown in a coup that was backed by the United States.  Probably no surprise there: the US has a long history of supporting repressive regimes in that country.  But what was surprising, medical anthropologist Adrienne Pine argues, was the response of the until-then fairly quiescent … Continued


Against the Grain

Mass Education and the Authoritarian Mind

Authoritarianism, wrote Erich Fromm, is not just about dominating and controlling others; it’s also about subordinating oneself to a “great” person, institution, or idea. In the eyes of John Elmore, traditional, compulsory mass schooling in the U.S. fosters the development of authoritarian personality characteristics in young people who, later in life, may enable, or actively … Continued


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