Monthly Archives: January 2013

Communism in America

In late November of 2012, the Russian political newspaper associated with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, known as Pravda, stated, “Communists have won in America…” in reference to President Obama’s reelection.  Then, Pravda furthered their criticism of the … Continue reading

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Marx’s Modern Capitalism

Marx thought social class drove revolutions. The bourgeoisie used their power to create new technologies and advancements, forcing rapid and constant change to be a present factor in societies. After debating whether or not Marx’s ideas were relevant today, they … Continue reading

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Is The “Party” Over?

As second semester begins with the Communist Manifesto, I’ve been looking at the vestiges of modern day communism and socialism. It seems that these communist/socialist ideals present in governments have been on a decline, and I was interested in examining … Continue reading

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Urban pollution yesterday, New York style

Here is an article from the New York Times in 1880 describing the sanitation conditions of New York City.  It wasn’t pretty.  I thought you might enjoy seeing a nearby example of the sorts of urban problems we’ve been studying … Continue reading

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Urban pollution today, Beijing style

We’ve talked in class about how the urban problems that afflicted Britain 200 years ago are now afflicting cities in the developing world.  The latest example is Beijing, which is currently suffering through an amazingly bad spate of air pollution. … Continue reading

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Les Miserables

On Friday, I went to see Les Miserables. Make fun if you want, but I loved it. The songs were moving, the visuals were spectacular, and the acting was great. However, perhaps the most interesting thing about the movie was … Continue reading

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War on Germs

Edwin Chadwick believed that disease limited people’s ability to survive and succeed. He observed that a sick worker does not perform as well as a healthy worker, and as a result could become unemployed and impoverished. Parents killed by disease … Continue reading

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Disease During the Industrial Revolution and Modern Global Warming: A Painfully Delayed Response

Upon reading about urban development and planning during the early nineteenth century and its health consequences and the government’s response, I was interestingly reminded of global warming and our government’s response. As discussed in tonight’s reading, The New Modern City, … Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself

Over break I watched a movie named Argo. It is a movie based on the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Just to briefly explain the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the Iranians were not happy with their monarch named Shah Mohammad, due to his … Continue reading

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Recent Findings of Louis XVI’s Blood

I came upon this article this evening that discusses a recent finding that scientist believe is Louis XVI’s blood. The article explains that after the king’s execution, some of his blood was placed in a gourd as a “souvenir” of … Continue reading

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