A Static Language is a Dead Language

There is a problem of aesthetics of language and its practical consequences, specifically in how language changes. George Orwell in 1984 has much to say of a language that does not change and whose vocabulary does not increase. This kind of language is a dead language. It supplies efficiency in some ways (there’s very little question as to what you mean with a sentence), but constrains societies in many other ways. For example, humor might not exist in such a society, or might be harder to convey. Moreover, ways of subverting detrimental power structures, which humor does, would be much …

The Difference Between the NAACP and White Nationalists

The difference between white nationalist or white national socialism (WNS) and groups such as the the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is that the WNS tries to solve problems ignoring nuances and takes action based on claims of oversimplification and wrong categorization. Moreover, it is a losing strategy in a globalized world. The strategy of homogenization of culture is the death of humanity. It is one of the highest expressions of a bad mechanical culture. “If this cog does not fit the system, let’s throw it away,” says the WNS, instead of changing how the machine …

The Mexa Filosofer: Episode 1: Eurocentrism in the Southwest and the Importance of Chicano Studies

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Carlos F. Ortega is a professor of Chicano Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. Carlos and I spoke about two of his upcoming books: Teaching in the Wine Country and Other Writings and Selling Fantasy Heritage: Juan de Oñate. Tourism, and Ethnic Identity in the Southwest (with Frank G. Perez). We touch upon what it is like to be a student that some teachers or counselors feel should not be in the classroom. Starting off the conversation, Carlos speaks about a 36-foot statue that now stands next to the El Paso International Airport and the controversy surrounding …

Nexus33: Episode 1: Angelica Duran-Professor of English at Purdue University

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Angelica Duran is Professor of English at Purdue University. She is a Milton scholar by trade and by far one of the most interesting people I know.  We obviously talk about her background and personal research. We discuss her interactions with the Purdue Water Community at Discovery Park. We get down to the nitty gritty aspects and difficulties of liberal arts and STEM departments coexisting in universities nowadays. At different points in the interview, Angelica analyzes the hardships Latina/os experience stepping into universities in the USA. Toward the end of the interview, Angelica opens up about her personal perspective coming …