Russophobia: WMD (Weapon of Mass Deception)

by Jean Ranc Strategic Culture edited by O Society April 13, 2019 Resume: Russophobia, as psycho-social-political pathology, is diagnosed as a disorder in The West since before the 1000-year-old Roman-Orthodox religious schism and most recently manifested with a vengeance in the course of the 2013-14 with Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance by the US … Continue reading Russophobia: WMD (Weapon of Mass Deception)

Can We Stop Pretending Now?

The Trump Era as an Occasion for Truth Telling by Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch edited by O Society April 13, 2019 Irony, paradox, contradiction, consternation -- these define the times in which we live. On the one hand, the 45th president of the United States is a shameless liar. On the other hand, his presidency offers an … Continue reading Can We Stop Pretending Now?

Media Condemn Julian Assange For Reckless Exposure Of How They Could Be Spending Their Time

Onion edited by O Society April 13, 2019 WASHINGTON—In the wake of the WikiLeaks founder’s arrest by British authorities on behalf of the U.S. for charges stemming from the publication of classified military documents in 2010, members of the American media condemned Julian Assange Friday for the reckless exposure of how they could be spending their … Continue reading Media Condemn Julian Assange For Reckless Exposure Of How They Could Be Spending Their Time

Pax Americana: Sketches for an Undiplomatic History

by Daniel Sargent Diplomatic History The most succinct version of my argument goes like this. Continental conquest and early industrialization combined in the mid-twentieth century with the disparate impacts of the Second World War to make the United States exceptional. Over the twentieth century’s second half, the United States became less exceptional. The modernity America once modeled … Continue reading Pax Americana: Sketches for an Undiplomatic History

Wittgenstein Posthumously Solves the Species Problem

On a longstanding problem in biology and how philosophy helps by Massimo Pigliucci Philosophy Now edited by O Society April 12, 2019 Biologists and (some) philosophers seem to share an obsession: they apparently never tire of discussions about the nature of biological species. What exactly is a species? If you happen to enroll in graduate studies … Continue reading Wittgenstein Posthumously Solves the Species Problem

Surveillance Capitalism Is Destroying Our Freedom and Our Intimacy

Surveillance capitalism is doing to human nature what industrial capitalism has done to our planet. LAUREN WALKER / TRUTHOUT by Eve Ottenberg Truthout edited by O Society April 12, 2019 For Google, Facebook, Twitter and their ilk, ad revenues are sacred. As Shoshana Zuboff observes in her new book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, users are not tech companies’ … Continue reading Surveillance Capitalism Is Destroying Our Freedom and Our Intimacy

The Man Who Saw Trump Coming A Century Ago: A Reader’s Guide for the Distraught

By Ann Jones Tom Dispatch edited by O Society April 12, 2019 Distracted daily by the bloviating POTUS? Here, then, is a small suggestion. Focus your mind for a moment on one simple (yet deeply complex) truth: we are living in a Veblen Moment. That’s Thorstein Veblen, the greatest American thinker you probably never heard of … Continue reading The Man Who Saw Trump Coming A Century Ago: A Reader’s Guide for the Distraught