Bernie Sanders’ Policies are Mainstream, Normal, and Popular No Matter How Often He’s Called a “Socialist”

  Bernie Sanders isn't a radical: Noam Chomsky is exactly right regarding how mainstream Bernie's policies really are The idea that Sanders is an extremist is patently false — it's the Republican movement that's radical by Sean Illing Salon edited by O Society Mar 18, 2019 Lost in the discussions about Bernie Sanders's “socialism” is … Continue reading Bernie Sanders’ Policies are Mainstream, Normal, and Popular No Matter How Often He’s Called a “Socialist”

Americans’ Fascination with Fraudsters: on the Fall of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

The Oscar-winning director presents a sympathetic portrait of the Silicon Valley CEO who fooled the world into believing she built a better blood test by Julia Carrie Wong Guardian  edited by O Society Mar 17, 2019 Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos and subject of the film The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. … Continue reading Americans’ Fascination with Fraudsters: on the Fall of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes

What is Native Advertising? Beto O’Rourke in Vanity Fair

by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs  edited by O Society Mar 16, 2019 To coincide with Beto O’Rourke’s presidential announcement, Vanity Fair released a long personal profile of him as a cover story. It is accompanied by a series of warm and flattering pictures of O’Rourke from celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. It is a well put-together, if unsubtle, piece of … Continue reading What is Native Advertising? Beto O’Rourke in Vanity Fair

7 Stages of Gun Violence

Bang. Another massacre. Was it kids again this time? by Jim Wright Stonekettle Station And that, my friends, is exactly the power the gun nuts in this country want every person to have. This slaughter is exactly the future the National Rifle Association and their pet politicians wanted. This is the power the NRA wants … Continue reading 7 Stages of Gun Violence

You Know all the “Recycling” You do when You Separate out Plastic and Paper and put it on the Curb? About that…

“This is where we should start feeling at home. Part of our daily perception of reality is that this disappears from our world. When you go to the toilet, shit disappears. You flush it. Of course rationally you know it’s there in canalization and so on, but at a certain level of your most elementary … Continue reading You Know all the “Recycling” You do when You Separate out Plastic and Paper and put it on the Curb? About that…

The Return of the Hidden Persuaders

by Vincent Clarke  American Affairs Winter 2019 edited by O Society Mar 16, 2019 Critiques of advertising are back. Ten years ago, casual talk about how advertising influences behavior would come across as weird and paranoid—the preserve of the online conspiracy fringe. Today it is everywhere. Leading journalistic outlets fret over something resembling mind control. … Continue reading The Return of the Hidden Persuaders

The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats or How Donald Trump Stole My Old Church

by O Society Mar 15, 2019 Do you know who's just come 'round knocking on my door? https://youtu.be/SECVGN4Bsgg   That's right boys and girls, it's the Jehovah's Witnesses! Maybe later I'll tell you how it turned out... For now, we're going to consider what they are doing. Yes, what the hell are these people doing … Continue reading The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats or How Donald Trump Stole My Old Church