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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 dailycensored.com, truthout, media-ocracy on diverse issues in education, culture and politics. Follow my essays on Twitter: adambessie
SHARE 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 Thursday, February 5, 2009 Welcome, Conquistadors!
Welcome, Conquistadors! You can put your muskets down. Your beach front property is hidden this a-way!
SHARE 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.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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."