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?

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

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

by William Deresiewicz American Scholar edited by O Society April 8, 2019 It didn’t dawn on me there might be a few holes in my education until I was about 35. I’d just bought a house, the pipes needed fixing, and the plumber was standing in my kitchen. There he was, a short, beefy guy with a … Continue reading The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We’re Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone

by John Whitehead Rutherford Institute edited by O Society April 8, 2019 “We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”—Rod Serling Have you noticed how much life increasingly feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone? Only instead of Rod Serling’s imaginary … Continue reading American Idiocracy: 50 Years Later, We’re Still Stranded in the Twilight Zone

The Story of Cassandra

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was one of the princesses of Troy, daughter of Priam and Hecuba. According to the Myth, Cassandra was astonishingly beautiful and blessed with the gift of foreseeing the future. Her curse was that no one believed her, a fact that weighed heavily on the destruction of Troy during the Trojan War. … Continue reading The Story of Cassandra

Saving Snow Leopards in Russia

by O Society April 1, 2019 You will notice the O Society header image changed. Another place you can see this image is Naked Capitalism. I read their page daily. Suggest you do as well. Here's something from their page today (they are fellow snow leopard lovers as well as economics people): https://youtu.be/AuXVJi_2t5U In Sailugemsky … Continue reading Saving Snow Leopards in Russia

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