Three links from today form a lovely trilogy.

Thesis:

A very poor one! The New York Times today asks the awesomely bad question: Is Algebra Necessary?
Of course I will not stoop to answer the question.
Rather we might ask why this occurred. Provocative shitstirring to increase profits, following a familiar capitalist ideological pattern? A trial balloon fishing for levels of outrage at implementing current ideological trends? Probably both, but either way not to be taken seriously; although a good smashing of it is always welcome. Which brings us to…
 

Antithesis:

Not that much is required. Still it is therapeutic. Here is A Modest Proposal.
But the triumph is…
 

Synthesis:

That is why you need algebra and mathematics, m*****f*****.

 

A Dialectic of Mathematics in Culture
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