Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform - Kindle edition by Charles Hugh Smith. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Our status quo - the pyramid of wealth and power dominated by the few at the top - has failed and is beyond reform. This failure is not rooted in superficial issues. Why Our Status Quo Failed and Is Beyond Reform. An Of Two Minds Essentialsm is a sharply focused discussion of one of the core issues of our era. While each.
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The first, and most obvious, is that these filmmakers miss out on the avalanche of publicity in the run-up to, and following, the Oscars. Few women have enjoyed this level of supercharged hype. Among the exceptions is the sole female winner of the best director trophy, Kathryn Bigelow. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, Bigelow - who had been working for decades as an independent and highly regarded director - enjoyed unprecedented exposure. Article after article noted her considerable and impressive filmography, her skill as a filmmaker and her determination to maintain control over her work.
Bigelow continues to benefit from her win and increased visibility almost a decade later. Just last year, Rolex included her among an otherwise all-male lineup of directors for its Masters of Cinema advertising campaign. Inarritu and Bigelow commented on their own and each other's work. Cameron noted their collective "devotion to excellence" and "unique and visionary perspective on the world," while Scorsese described Inarritu as being "at the vanguard of modern cinema.
The Academy can no longer shrug off its role in helping to construct our culture's pantheon of great directors. No matter how many inclusion grants the organization sponsors, if its nominations process fails to include deserving women in the best director category - surely one of the most coveted prizes in its arsenal - the Academy is reinforcing the status quo in the industry.
The Oscar is not some value-neutral award at the end of the food chain of film production. Rather, it sits squarely in the middle of the mythmaking machinery that helps build careers in the short term, and reputations, legacies and history in the long term. Kathryn Bigelow will always be remembered for winning the Oscar for best director. The honor is a permanent part of her record as a director and part of the larger historical record of women in Hollywood.
The current and future generations of filmmakers will study her films and aspire to emulate her work and career. It's time for the Academy to recognize its continuing role in helping to suppress the visibility of women film directors, and its responsibility to change the procedures that have resulted in its dismal track record. Page 1 of 1 Start Over Page 1 of 1. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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It documents both the symptoms and the causes of the sensed malaise. One area in which I disagree with the author, however, is his contention that continued borrowing will inevitably lead to runaway inflation.
That might happen if resources actually became scarce. But so far the corporate "machine" has been able to produce more manufactured goods than the populace can consume, thus keeping inflation in check.
Right now the main constraint in this area is on demand rather than supply. The real inflation right now is in things like medical services and higher education. Though homes including their attendant property taxes in prestigious locations have also risen significantly in cost.
Fine art and gourmet meals have also escalated in price, but these are intrinsically luxury items which tend to charge what the traffic will bear, so their effect on the general society is limited.
Where the inflation that currently exists is particularly evident is in areas that are cartel-controlled. Thus the availability of medical doctors in the U. Is effectively regulated by both medical school quotas and their costs, even though it's pretty clear that this particular profession will not soon be replaced by automation.
Might it make mistakes? Yes, but that happens now with human doctors. So buy the book. You won't be disappointed--unless that is you're one of the status quo elite or aspire to be such. I like brevity but this book may be too brief at about 85 pages, so it is basically a set of conclusions.
Nevertheless, it provides a lot of interesting information about what most people suspect: Smith explains that today's economic problems are due to self-serving elites who chase worldwide profits through Globalization regardless of the consequences for the areas they leave or enter. The mechanism is the worldwide mobility of capital to seek lower costs and higher profits. The political-economic theory supporting this is neoliberalism, supported by both the Bush and Clinton Dynasties.
There is of course nothing new about elites serving themselves at the expense of everyone else. It has been going on for thousands of years. What is new is that today's elites have modern global technology, which accelerates the process. People increasingly recognize this but they are not that familiar with how capital moves behind the scenes. What people are most familiar with is the institutions that promote this status quo to the public. These institutions include the news media, academia, and Hollywood.
The journalists, professors, and entertainers inhabiting these institutions get upper middle class pay, or higher in some instances, to support the neoliberal status quo and thus they take the front lines in defending it. Politicians and government bureaucrats doing the same thing are a bit less vocal. This book was written just before Trump was elected but the elite response to his victory shows how it operates.
The election was supposed to be between the Bush and Clinton Dynasties. When the outsider Donald Trump entered the race, the three main propaganda elements media, academia, Hollywood went into a state of hysteria which has continued to this day.
He attacked the two main elements of the neoliberal status quo: The teleological imperative as Smith would say for the neoliberal state in America is a small elite which owns most of the capital and thus most of the profits from this system. After the well-paid propaganda elements get their take, the next level would the technicians preferably from cheap foreign labor who would manage the increasingly computer-automated economy.
There would still be a small lowly paid service sector to do those things computers cannot do. But the fate of most of the population would be some form of welfare. It used be that the Republican Party stood more for Wall Street but now both parties are equally indebted there. The main difference seems to be that the Democrat Party has adopted the welfare state as its main constituency while the GOP sees it as a necessary evil to be limited whenever possible.
Meanwhile Hollywood and television try to keep the masses entertained with endless rubbish while the news media does the same with sensational news which is rapidly emulating the National Enquirer.
Above all, elections have become a form of entertainment meant to make voters feel they control things. The country is already mostly run by nonelected officials such as government bureaucrats, federal judges, and Federal Reserve bureaucrats who control much of the economy. But this is not enough, the elites cannot even stomach the pretense of any outsider controlling the diminished power of the White House, which is why the elite attacks on President Trump are non-stop. These days it seems hard to come by reasonably balanced information that doesn't heavily lean in one direction or another, but this book approaches the topic of our status quo both from the direction of what's wrong and why with a little how we need to address the issues in order to move on.
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Apr 25, That the status quo--the current pyramid of wealth and power dominated by the few at the top - has failed is self-evident, but we can't bear to. Nov 27, The top 5% who have benefited so immensely from the consolidation of wealth and power cannot confess the status quo has failed the bottom. Status quo is Latin for "existing state." When we talk about the status quo, however, we often mean it in a slightly bad way. When people want to maintain the.