Archive for November, 2008

The Discourse of Gentrification

Posted in Vicente with tags on November 20, 2008 by Vicente Peláyez

Gentrification is a controversial and confused subject; controversial, because its effects are associated in the popular mind with both forced displacement and the activist left, and confused, because no one seems to know how to talk about it. Continue reading

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More on Militarism

Posted in Vicente with tags on November 12, 2008 by Vicente Peláyez

In a previous post, I wrote about the largely unquestioned omnipresence of militarism in modern America. Spurred by a New York Times op-ed by Gary Wills from January 2007 (“At Ease, Mr. President”), Salon contributor Glenn Greenwald wrote a long post on his blog, “Public servant v. Military Commander,” that is well worth reading. Wills and Greenwald, like others before them, argue that the use of the phrase “commander in chief” to refer to the President in civilian contexts is a sign of militarism. They are absolutely right. Continue reading