by Adam Tooze London Review of Books edited by O Society April 11, 2019 On 13 October 1806, a young German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, had an encounter with world history. En route to their annihilation of the Prussian forces 24 hours later, Napoleon and his army were marching through the East German … Continue reading Is this the end of the American century?
by Jacob Bacharach Truthdig edited by O Society April 5, 2019 Last month, Nancy Pelosi gave an interview to the Washington Post that incensed an increasingly socialist flank of the Democratic Party. “I don’t think we should go down that path,” she said of President Trump’s possible impeachment, before adding the president of the United States … Continue reading Nancy Pelosi Believes in Nothing
“Cultural Marxism?" What the holy hell are you talking about? —Any sane person when exposed to the term for the first time https://youtu.be/wLoG9zBvvLQ ^ An example of an Internet troll bloviating about "Cultural Marxism" ^ Cultural Marxism generally refers to one of two things: First — extremely rarely — "cultural Marxism" (lower C, upper M) … Continue reading The Term “Cultural Marxism” is Nazi Propaganda
written by Lissa Johnson New Matilda edited by O Society Mar 22, 2019 Convinced Julian Assange handed Trump the election? Certain he raped two women in Sweden? Want to see him rot in jail? The fourth in a five-part series by clinical psychologist Lissa Johnson explains the science behind smear and propaganda, and how and … Continue reading The Psychology Of Getting Julian Assange Part 4: Why Everyone Wants To See Him Hang
Today’s backlash against intellectual life cannot simply be written off as a popular celebration of mindlessness. Adam Waters and E.J. Dionne, Jr. Dissent Winter 2019Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency and continues to govern as a man who is anti-intellectual, as well as anti-fact and anti-truth. “The experts are terrible,” Trump said while discussing foreign policy … Continue reading Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?
What follows is a preamble to something relevant and current. I hope you’ll bear with me. by Stephen Boni Ghion Journal Feb 9, 2019 Back in a former life, when I was studying film and theories of representation, there was a word I simply could not escape: reify (ree-iff-eye). This was a word used in … Continue reading Breaking Fad: Angie Speaks Articulates the Pitfalls of Call-Out Culture
by Richard Moser Be Freedom Feb 8, 2019 The problem is not that the corporations are “out of control,” the problem is that the corporations are so much “in control.” By seeing neoliberalism as Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF) rather than Corporate Power we underestimate the challenges ahead. FMF does not help us to know what tactics … Continue reading Beyond Corporate Power