The long shot heard round the world


Well, not exactly around the world. President Obama asks for a tax increase on gasoline to improve American infrastructure … only, it is not a gas tax, it is just another corporate tax, according to a NYT report. Obama appears to be using commonsense; if you like to use roads, then we need to pay to upkeep them … only that is what scares me because commonsense on the hill seems to have left the building a decade (or more) ago.

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About Nicholas

Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

3 thoughts on “The long shot heard round the world

  1. yes tragically (and irredeemably) commonsense is an oxymoron (speaking of morons) so for those of us not in the denial-states-of-mind how do we shift from technocratic u-topian fantasies of managing crises/dis-integrations to working on how to tinker something worth having/doing while things fall apart without getting back into sort of 60’s style permaculture retreats, what’s a city-dweller to do?


      • not sure how much edible grass/feed there will be out here in drought-ridden flyover country. In the short-term not so much interested in particular solutions as much as how to move research/conversation into these areas and out of the speculative/sc-fi realms of crit-theory and such.


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