Philosophy Department

How Professor Jason Read became an Internet meme

The Jason Read meme.

Our very own Professor Read became an Internet meme two weeks ago, reaching the popular news aggregation site Reddit and the blog of Wil Wheaton, an actor best known for his roles on "The Big Bang Theory" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

What exactly became the meme is a statement Read made about the economic one percent in regards to the Occupy Wall Street movement:

“People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.”

Read about how this quote — which, to our surprise, originated as a Facebook status update — became a viral hit in a matter of hours on The Free Press.

Philosophy of Law Guest Lecturer

Lady Justice

Professor of Philosophy Robert Loudon welcomes guest lecturer Robert Ruffner, Esq. to speak in his Philosophy of Law (PHI 260) class. All USM students of philosophy and law are welcome to attend this lecture.

Thursday, November 19th at 2:45 in Luther Bonney #502, Portland Campus
Robert J. Ruffner, Esq. will be the Guest Lecturer in Professor Robert Louden’s Philosophy of Law class on November 19th at 2:45 in Luther Bonney #502. Ruffner, a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense, is a 1996 graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Mr. Ruffner began practicing in Maine in 1999 as a Domestic Violence prosecutor with the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office. He then joined the litigation firm of Friedman Babcock & Gaythwaite where he practiced insurance and criminal defense. Ruffner formed his own practice in 2001 to focus on Criminal Defense.

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