Une erreur profonde de ma génération et ses suivantes est de penser que la montée du Nazisme est limitée aux années directement précédant la guerre. Il y avait au contraire un terreau, que cet article décrit bien. Les luttes académiques pourries par un racisme qui vient forcément de l’air du temps.

Ce qui ne me rassure pas: malgré tout, l’époque était au positivisme, et le science avait bonne presse. Aujourd’hui, en plus de la montée purulente de la merde brune, la science elle même n’a plus d’écho – on préfère penser “alternatif”. J’ai peur.

How German Mathematicians Dealt With the Rise of Nazism – Tablet Magazine

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/224161/hitlers-math

Enseigner les maths aux “non-matheux”

Si seulement j’avais lu ça avant de commencer à bosser au collège l’an dernier.
Pour être honnête, les bouquins modernes sont plutôt bien faits et contiennent de la matière à faire des trucs sympas. Et les programmes s’orientent dans ce sens.
Mais dans la pratique …

Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It – The Atlantic

Another age of protest songs?

The consensus is that the years ahead are not going to be pretty. Most of the western world seems poised to take a hard conservative bent, at a time when massive surveillance technology is reaching a tipping point, and while ultra-religious terrorism is becoming an increasingly common means of protest or rebellion against established states.

Whatever 2017 brings on, at least I’m hoping that creative resistance against the Trumps, Putin and Le Pen’s of the world will fuel an new generation of protest art in general, and songs in particular. Hey, I need all the silver linings I can get.

As a testament to the power of protest songs, here’s one I (shamefully) discovered only recently.

There’s an amazing story behind it, as well. It was written by Abel Meeropol, a New York Jew, not a Southern African American, who was a communist high-school teacher and ended up adopting the sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

This gives me hope that in the years to come, people will find it into their hearts to fight the good fight and dream up utopias.

 

RIP John Berger (1926-2017)

Si vous avez une heure ou deux, prenez le temps de regarder Ways of Seeing, un documentaire remarquable de culture, d’intelligence et de savoir-enseigner.

On en fait plus des comme ça, ni à la BBC ni ailleurs. Et on n’en fera plus: John Berger, écrivain, artiste, marxiste est mort hier.

Mediapart c’est également fendu d’une bonne bio (paywall)

Visit Oman

If you’ve lived in the Gulf, you’ll know what this is.

Oman is a welcome respite from the UAE which, surprisingly, most expats I’ve met in Dubai or Abu Dhabi have never visited.

And it’s a shame because its one of the best memories you can bring back from the Gulf. I’d hazard “authentic” but it’s a stupid, overused word.

If you’ve lived in the Gulf, you’ll know what this is: the traditional headgear worn by Omaimg_0110ni men with their dishdash.

Oman is a welcome respite from the UAE which, surprisingly, most expats I’ve met in Dubai or Abu Dhabi have never visited.

And it’s a shame because its one of the best memories you can bring back from the Gulf. I’d hazard “authentic” but it’s a stupid, overused word.

For one thing, I’ve uniformly found Omanis to be extremely nice, helpful and engaging (Bahrainis are a close second). Most Emiratis are courteous, and extremely polite if you ever have to engage with them. But Omanis genuinely will go out of their way to be nice and helpful.

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