Daily Archives: October 5, 2012


CREATIVE TIME: Arushi Saxena

US epitomizes a “champagne glass” distribution of wealth in which the wealthiest 1% control almost 45% of the nation’s wealth. The concept of exploitation is evident in this pattern in that wealth is produced at the expense of other socioeconomic levels. For example, by exploiting cheap labor, paying low wages, depending on political patronage, utilizing tax loopholes, and by lobbying for unjustifiable deregulation the wealthy continue their trajectory of wealth accumulation.

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CREATIVE TIME: Jamshed Vesuna

Tactics can be interesting things. They can be used to progress through a society and built upon almost anything. Tactics are a method of understanding and then either building upon or tearing down. In order to develop this so called tactic, one must first understand. A tactic to build or tear a system cannot be created without a deep level of understanding of the inner workings of the said system.

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CREATIVE TIME: Forrest Wang

While it is no secret that the United States, and many nations throughout the world, face various inequities, it is interesting how inequalities in wealth, income, economic opportunities (as well as opportunities in general), and many other issues are dealt with. One such example is the Occupy movement, which not only demonstrates a method of combatting issues, but also demonstrates the evolution of the method of protests.

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CREATIVE TIME: Annie Yan

The word “occupation,” for me, had always been synonymous with “career” or “job.” More recently, I began to see people’s occupations as roles, from both professional and social perspectives. In a group of friends, each member has his or her specific role. For example, one likes to plan things, another likes to joke around, another is crowned the “smart one,” and each person brings his or her own dynamics into the group.

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CREATIVE TIME: Eric Liu

Justice is a concept that plagued the early Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle. Justice, virtue, and fairness are all ideas that are difficult to define and thus, the lack of those concepts is even harder to imagine. For example, the Bill of Rights declares that every American should have the right to a fair trial. In this case, justice means the defendant is able to present his claims in a nonpartisan environment.

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CREATIVE TIME: Nicholas McCutcheon

Gender inequality still exists because society conditions women to believe that “having it all” requires complete success in their professional and personal lives. “Having it all” refers to women’s ability to attain an interpersonal relationship, raise children, and have a successful career. However, “having it all” is currently out of reach because women are disadvantaged by the ideal-worker norm, the stresses of having to choose between having a career or family, and the unequal distribution of housework and childcare.

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CREATIVE TIME: Stuart Sherwin

Occupation is a word whose meaning has changed in many people’s minds this past year. It’s connotation, at least for many people of a certain political persuasion, now suggests a consensual, intentional gathering of people. It now evokes a sense of community-building and collective striving. But we should not forget the historical meaning of the word–and not delude ourselves into thinking that we are really occupiers.

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CREATIVE TIME: Christina Shih

United States faces many health issues, from insurance plans to forty-four percent of adults becoming obese by 2030. These problems, unknowingly to many people, have some roots in the political and economical world. For example, the problem with trying to get many middle class families insured starts with the problem that insurance plans are too expensive and a lot of people cannot afford them.

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