How FDR Saved Capitalism

by Seymour Martin Lipset, Gary Marks Hoover Institution Jan 30, 2001 With the coming of the Great Depression in the 1930s, a sharp increase in protest and anticapitalist sentiment threatened to undermine the existing political system and create new political parties. The findings of diverse opinion polls, as well as the electoral support given to local radical, … Continue reading How FDR Saved Capitalism

What makes a dinosaur real, but a unicorn not real? Does philosophy even pretend to know how to answer a child’s questions?

The Why of Reality by Nathanael Stein Aeon Feb 7, 2019 The easy question came first, a few months after my son turned four: ‘Are we real?’ It was abrupt, but not quite out of nowhere, and I was able to answer quickly. Yes, we’re real – but Elsa and Anna, two characters from Frozen, are not. … Continue reading What makes a dinosaur real, but a unicorn not real? Does philosophy even pretend to know how to answer a child’s questions?

America Is Not a Democracy

How the United States lost the faith of its citizens—and what it can do to win them back by YASCHA MOUNK Atlantic March 2018 https://youtu.be/lYhg2iAU6jY For years, the residents of oxford, massachusetts, seethed with anger at the company that controlled the local water supply. The company, locals complained, charged inflated prices and provided terrible service. But unless … Continue reading America Is Not a Democracy

16-year-old tells Davos delegates if the planet dies, she’s blaming them

by Heather Landy in Davos Quartz Jan 25, 2019 Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who called the world to attention last month at the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference, brought her stark message to the World Economic Forum this week, telling the global elites who converged on Davos, Switzerland, that she would hold them accountable for not doing … Continue reading 16-year-old tells Davos delegates if the planet dies, she’s blaming them

When You Get That Wealthy, You Start Buying Your Own Bullshit

Harvard Business School invented the “leadership” industry—and produced a generation of corporate monsters. No wonder Sheryl Sandberg, one of the school’s most prominent graduates, lacks a functioning moral compass. by DUFF MCDONALD  Hive Sandberg arrives for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on September 5, 2018. By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call. The ongoing three-way public-relations car wreck … Continue reading When You Get That Wealthy, You Start Buying Your Own Bullshit

The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

by Alexander Bevilacqua Aeon Jan 15, 2019 Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by … Continue reading The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

Doctors have patients, not “medicine consumers.” Teachers have students, not customers

by CORY DOCTOROW BoingBoing Jan 13, 2019 Professionalization isn't perfect: historically, professional societies "were structured around hierarchies of gender and race and laypeople were expected to obey expert judgment without even asking questions." But professionals were also organized around ethics of service and morals, with professional standards that required practitioners to use their expertise to further … Continue reading Doctors have patients, not “medicine consumers.” Teachers have students, not customers