Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?

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?

Breaking Fad: Angie Speaks Articulates the Pitfalls of Call-Out Culture

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

Beyond Corporate Power

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

Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore?

by Nikil Saval New York Times July 5, 2017 ‘‘Liberal’’ has long been a dirty word to the American political right. It may be shortened, in the parlance of the Limbaugh Belt, to ‘‘libs,’’ or expanded to the offensive portmanteau ‘‘libtards.’’ But its target is always clear. For the people who use these epithets, liberals are, … Continue reading Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore?

What Would John Stuart Mill Do—to Fix Facebook?

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, recently hired to manage the beleaguered tech giant's global affairs and communications, digs the liberal-utilitarian theorist. by ALEXIS PAPAZOGLOU New Republic January 28, 2019 Silicon Valley’s liberal branding can seem paradoxical given its political impact. The scandals that accompanied the 2016 election—Cambridge Analytica, Russian interference—revealed Facebook contributed to the election of one … Continue reading What Would John Stuart Mill Do—to Fix Facebook?

Kamala Harris’ Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

The senator’s new book shows the difficulty of translating short-form virality into a substantive text. by Hannah Giorgis Atlantic Jan 11, 2019 The Truths We Hold: An American Journey BY KAMALA HARRIS PENGUIN PRESS Depending on whom you ask, Kamala Harris is either a hip Hillary Clinton or a political Beyoncé. Since the election of Donald Trump, … Continue reading Kamala Harris’ Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

The Hypocrisy of the ‘Liberal’ Foreign Policy Establishment Knows No Bounds

Donald Trump says he will bring the troops home from Syria and Afghanistan. Now, because of their pathological hatred of Trump, mainstream Democrats are hysterical in their opposition. by Maj. Danny Sjursen AntiWar Jan 8, 2019 If anyone else were president, the "liberals" would be celebrating. After all, pulling American soldiers out of a couple of … Continue reading The Hypocrisy of the ‘Liberal’ Foreign Policy Establishment Knows No Bounds