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Kotsko* Local news! Marquette has named Dr. Richard Holz its new dean of the Klinger College of Arts and Sciences.

* More local news! Students at The Marquette Tribune strike back against proposed budget cuts.

Now, the United States has reached “mass incarceration”—“a level of imprisonment so vast that it forges the collective experience of an entire social group,” Western writes. He has found that 60 percent of black male high-school dropouts in the United States will go to prison before age 35. The deterrent effect of incarceration is lessened if it becomes so common that it no longer carries any stigma. “The American prison boom is as much a story about race and class,” he writes, “as it is about crime control.”

* Adam Kotsko explains neoliberalism. Exactly so.

* Scott Walker vs. the unions, round two.

* Harry Potter pulls one over on the paparazzi.

Missouri Bill Makes It A Felony For Lawmakers To Propose Gun Safety Legislation. I mean really.

* What’s remarkable about this rejected 1998 proposal to revamp Superman from Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, Mark Millar, and Tom Peyer is how many of the ideas wound up being used in other superhero comics like All-Star Superman and Spider-Man: Brand New Day.

* Florida Atlantic University names its football stadium after a for-profit prison company.

* Climate change to bring alligators to DC.

And 40% Of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968’s Minimum Wage. Freddie deBoer: Absolutely nothing can be done to address this country’s problems until people are willing to admit that our economy has become a machine for siphoning more and more resources to those at the top. 

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