Twitter, Trump, and Sisyphus: The United States of Absurd

The idea of absurdism attempts to describe the human condition, but it can also help us understand our current social climate by Kameron McNair Daily Beast edited by O Society May 18, 2019 It’s hard for any person to log into social media without seeing something that makes them do a double take—maybe it’s a puppy … Continue reading Twitter, Trump, and Sisyphus: The United States of Absurd

Musical Interlude with Vikings: Helvegen (Path of Death)

https://youtu.be/cg0TQyjdHJ0 Old Norweigan—————————————————--English translation Kven skal syngje meg—————————————Who shall sing me i daudsvevna slyngje meg———————————into the death-sleep sling me når eg på Helvegen går————————————When I walk on the Path of Death og dei spora eg trår er kalde, så kalde—————and the tracks I tread are cold, so cold Eg songane søkte——————————————-I sought the songs Eg … Continue reading Musical Interlude with Vikings: Helvegen (Path of Death)

How Would David Hume Explain Our Political Divisions?

We are all governed by the passions, opinions, and feelings of those like us by Rachel Cohon Institute Art & Ideas  edited by O Society May 13, 2019 “Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them,” Scottish … Continue reading How Would David Hume Explain Our Political Divisions?

Countdown to “Full Spectrum Dominance”

by TJ Coles Axis of Logic edited by O Society May 5, 2019 The US is formally committed to dominating the world by the year 2020. With President Trump’s new Space Directive-4, the production of laser-armed fighter jets as possible precursors to space weapons, and the possibility of nuclear warheads being put into orbit, the … Continue reading Countdown to “Full Spectrum Dominance”

Neo-Liberalism and the New Normal

by Scott Preston Neo-liberal economics and the so-called “New Normal” are reciprocal and mutually reinforcing processes. Not too many people actually appreciate this, which is one reason we are having a devil of a time with both. The “New Normal”, as we have discussed previously, is characterised by an epidemic of the “four d’s” of … Continue reading Neo-Liberalism and the New Normal

Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us

by Francisco Mejia Uribe Aeon edited by O Society May 3, 2019 One of the hallmarks of existentialism is its particular emphasis on the concept of ‘anguish’, understood as the feeling we experience when we grasp our radical responsibility in defining who we are – individually and as a species. If human beings have no predetermined essence … Continue reading Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us