Narrower Career Path For Artists

There’s no doubt that in the recent past commercialization has dominated the art world, and thus the criteria for determining what’s art and who’s an artist has undergone a certain contraction.  It turns out how this seems to be accomplished seems even more radical to what ought to go into defining art. A study published in the journal Science looked at data from 127, 208 auctions, 497, 796 exhibitions, 16,002 galleries, 289 677 exhibitions in 7,568 museums in 143 countries over the Continue reading “Narrower Career Path For Artists”

Rights for sex workers

Revolting Prostitutes: the fight for Sex Workers’ Rights is a new book by Juno Mac and Molly Smith which puts the focus on the rights of sex workers. In making its point the book draws a distinction most of us are not familiar with, the difference between decriminalization of sex work and legalization of it.  Legalization as it does in Nevada and the Netherlands means that sex work is legal within a context and is Continue reading “Rights for sex workers”

The Student Debt Crisis

The economy may be booming but it doesn’t look that way to those who have student debts. Wages are stagnating and tuition as well as interest rates are also rising. For students still in school or contemplating higher education it adds up to daunting prospects. Jerome Powell the head of the Federal Reserve is beginning to acknowledge student debt as an economic concern.  For one thing the total amount of student debt is $1.5 trillion. Indeed when those young people cannot afford Continue reading “The Student Debt Crisis”

Hail The Caravan

As an immigrant I know what it’s like to leave all you know for the unknown. We had visas, we weren’t penniless, we flew to the US and regardless I felt fear.  When you emigrate everything familiar is gone and you don’t know how it will be replaced, nor do you know what will happen next. I heard and read about the caravan from Central America and I  can’t help thinking about those courageous people who are willing to walk  a couple of thousand  miles or more in search of some safety, in search for some opportunities out of assured poverty and violence, in search of  better lives for their families. They banded together to avoid the criminals who prey on migrants, Continue reading “Hail The Caravan”