Maslow didn’t invent the idea of self-actualized work, and nor did the 20th-century management consultants who implemented these ideas. We can go back to the German sociologist Max Weber to find similar invocations of work as a spiritual, more than economic, vocation—an ethic of work that Weber in 1905 argued was central to Western capitalism. Indeed, the work ethic is an ideology at once remarkably tenacious and eminently flexible: While its constitutive claim—devotion to work as the center of life—remains consistent, the rewards promised by the ethic vary in historically specific ways, from the promise of social mobility to the promise of self-actualization. … [Read more...] about Is the search for meaningful work a trap?
As silly as Natty Light’s tone is, student debt is a serious issue, one that has emerged as part of a significant policy debate during the current Democratic presidential primary. Candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have long been advocating for student loan forgiveness and even free tuition. Despite Natty’s $10 million pledge, Blake says the brand and AB InBev aren’t extending that advocacy to actual policy. “Natty doesn’t endorse any political candidate, but we are passionate about helping our community with the real issues they grapple with on a daily basis, like college debt,” he says. … [Read more...] about Natty Light wants to rent your diploma, but doesn’t really want to solve student debt crisis
But, what people fail to recognize is that the current system is actually an affirmative action program for those already in positions of privilege (read: straight white men). Take the recent study of Harvard undergraduates, which showed just that: 43% of white students were admitted because of legacy or donations, but only 26% of them would have made the cut based on grades or other indicators of merit. On the other hand, research on quotas shows that such targets tend to increase quality by giving highly qualified women and people of color a chance and eliminating the unfair advantages that the less qualified straight white men have had. … [Read more...] about Why the ‘business case’ for diversity isn’t working