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Adam Bessie is an assistant professor of English at Diablo Valley College, in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a co-wrote a chapter in the 2011 edition of Project Censored on metaphor and political language, and is a frequent contributor to, truthout, media-ocracy on diverse issues in education, culture and politics. Follow my essays on Twitter: adambessie

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(52 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 1, 2008
Obama is Hitler? WTF? And no doubt, the powerful orator – like Obama, like Martin Luther King, like Ronald Reagan, like Jim Jones, and Hitler – can move the masses to action. But this is where the analogy ends.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 16, 2010
Chief Judge of 9th Circuit: "1984 here at last," especially for poor "1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it's here at last."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Savage Nation Party? Conservative commentator Michael Savage's vitriol with the Republican ticket speaks to the fragmentation of support for McCain in the "die hard" conservative base he speaks to daily, and more broadly, it suggests another sign of McCain's slowing momentum. But don't applaud yet.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Joe the Plumber for President Joe the Plumber should be considered seriously as a Presidential Candidate.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Myth of the Bad Teacher In this political season of faux anti-establishment anger born of very real economic desperation, public educators have become the villain du jour, their reputations collateral damage in the war against "big government.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 14, 2008
A President English Teachers Can Be Proud Of Contrary to the last eight years, words matter.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 2, 2011
To Fix Education: Fire Human Teachers, Hire Holographic "Hal" If we accept Automatic Teller Machines, why not Automatic Teaching Machines?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 25, 2009
3 graphic novels for people who don't know what graphic novels are "Graphic novels aren't those kind of comics," I patiently explained, "they are more for adults." "What, like porn?"
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 3, 2008
Palin: Rebel Without a Brain Palin framed herself as a rebel last night, as a revolutionary who is qualified to change the culture of Washington because she doesn't understand it. The rebellion she's leading? To make erudition not only a prerequisite for high office.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 14, 2008
We Lost the Battle Against Prop 8, but Ronald Reagan just might help us win the war Gay rights advocates may have lost the battle, but are winning the war. And conservatives, who truly believe in small government, should help in this battle.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 14, 2009
Octuplets are More Sexy than Education We need the public to take education as personally as they take Nadya Sulman's reproductive habits.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 6, 2009
What Do Students Learn from Multiple-Choice Tests? Multiple-choice tests - with their orderly rows of bubbles, and authoritative, syntactically clear solutions - construct a polished marble facade of truth, convincing students that there are clear, unambiguous answers in the world.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2008
Coffee with Sarah Palin Palin is a symbol, sure. But what she represents is the popularity of pre-scientific thought which has plagued our nation the last 8 years.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 28, 2008
My Students Have Cooler Phones than I Today's American college student has more technology in her pocket than some small African country you've never heard of, which could easily be looked up in seconds on Wikipedia (if someone was actually bored enough in class to do this). The author, a college English instructor, wonders about why his students have such awesome technology - and why it is so, so much better than his clunker, which can only make calls (OMG!).
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 12, 2008
Part II: Obama is Hitler? WTF? Go skip to the comments now, if you like. You get my point – I give you permission.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 18, 2010
Privacy is Passé, so Broadcast Yourself (to Big Brother) My student can be her own Big Brother and what's more, she wants to be. Unlike Winston, she hopes someone is watching, and listening.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2009
The Oakland School Borg? Does a return to more conservative values in school – dress codes, strict discipline, and absolute obedience to authority – ensure that we can educate students better?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 19, 2009
It's Oscar (Grant) Season! Unlike Slumdog Millionaire, the social ills that Oscar Grant's shooting exposes can't be solved quickly and easily, by an appearance on a game show.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 21, 2009
Doing Good When the Economy is Doing Bad? "Giving back" is outside of our normal lives. And I don't want to go back to normal.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 27, 2009
Where are the Teachers? Not a single community college teacher was on the panel, a panel focused on problems facing community colleges. Huh? This is like not asking cardiologists to join the discussion on the heart, or holding a cooking show without a chef.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 22, 2010
TSA and The Junk Man: The Thanksgiving Trojan Horse The Junk Man is a marionette for the anti-government, neo-conservative agenda, an agenda that thrives on our fear and paranoia, and the TSA controversy has presented yet another opportunity to focus the newscycle on attacking the government, and to encourage privatization, de-regulation, and the free market.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 5, 2009
Welcome, Conquistadors! Welcome, Conquistadors! You can put your muskets down. Your beach front property is hidden this a-way!
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 3, 2009
Moving Off Bush St. Moving from Bush St. isn't just Obama's job. It's not just the President-elect's task to change the political landscape, to move us from a culture of fear and terror and partisanship. It's also our job.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Is Microsoft Word a Republican Operative? Type in Obama into Microsoft Word, what does spell-checker suggest? Osama.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Myths of Main Street: What does it really mean to "Go Local"? n the face of raging distrust of corporations and the federal government, localism is no longer provincial, it's no longer cheesy, but cool. But what does it really mean to "go local"?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 31, 2008
Will my college students vote? Will my college students vote? Will they play a role - even a decisive one - in this election? And more broadly: what part do they see themselves playing in politics in general?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 1, 2010
Curing our National Case of Hypochondria We have become a nation of hypochondriacs, convinced every cough is tuberculosis, every bump is cancer, and every sneeze is the swine flu. So scarred are we by 9/11, we find the terror in the innocuous, we see foreboding omens in the everyday.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 8, 2009
Should Obama Be A Liberal Bush? Has Obama crossed the line from compromise to complicity?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 18, 2008
"WHAT NEXT?" A Teacher's Perspective on Change Students in my community college English course didn't seem to feel too much a part of "America's History," nor a part of it's future. And after 8 years under Bush, we know this feeling of "passionate paralysis" well.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 1, 2010
The Rise of Penthouse Punk The Penthouse Punk is a new breed, with the money of a stockbroker, the views of a neo-conservative economist, but the anti-establishment rhetoric of a black-hooded anarchist chucking rocks at cops in a riot.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 2, 2010
Public Education Under Attack By Bay Area Media While this seems a minor oversight, this one cover story is a front in a larger ideological war -" supported by the Republican Party -" to dismantle the public school system in favor of a "free enterprise system" of charter schools, with "school choice."

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