A Moral Tale of Economics

Twilight of the Money Gods: Economics as a Religion and How it all Went Wrong by John Rapley Aeon Jan 9, 2018 Think of human development as a long journey. At the beginning, we live at the mercy of nature. Dependent on its bounty, we pray for rains and freedom from natural disasters and plagues. At the … Continue reading A Moral Tale of Economics

How neoliberalism’s obsession with markets destroyed the heart and soul of key jobs

From medicine to education, market imperatives rule public life: how neoliberalism undermined our professions. by Lisa Herzog Aeon Jan 11, 2019 The young doctor was desperate. ‘I need to talk to my patients,’ she said, ‘and give them time to ask questions. Some of them are foreign-born and struggle with the language, and all of them are … Continue reading How neoliberalism’s obsession with markets destroyed the heart and soul of key jobs

The End of the Cold War and Macbeth

by Vladimir Golstein Off-Guardian   It would be naïve to think Shakespeare's Macbeth is only about some “vaulting” and murderous ambition. Macbeth does not acquire the throne with the intention of controlling his subjects. In fact, in his quest to secure his rule, he strives to control the very idea of time and change. It is … Continue reading The End of the Cold War and Macbeth

Things Hidden from the Beginning of the World: Between Ozymandias and Gaia

by CRESTON DAVIS CounterPunch Jan 4, 2019 The Veil of Isis is said to hide all the secrets of nature, secrets that remain forever beyond the reach of mortals. Legend has it that the words, “I am all that has been and is and shall be; and no mortal has ever lifted my veil.”are inscribed on Isis’ … Continue reading Things Hidden from the Beginning of the World: Between Ozymandias and Gaia

The sea was never blue

The Greek colour experience was made of movement and shimmer. Can we ever glimpse what they saw when gazing out to sea? by Maria Michela Sassi  Aeon Homer used two adjectives to describe aspects of the colour blue: kuaneos, to denote a dark shade of blue merging into black; and glaukos, to describe a sort of ‘blue-grey’, notably … Continue reading The sea was never blue

Wittgenstein on Religion

In the case atheism vs religious belief, Ludwig Wittgenstein is called to the stand. Whose side does his testimony serve? by Stephen Law Aeon Jan 3, 2019 When contemporary atheists criticise religious beliefs, they usually criticise beliefs that only crude religious thinkers embrace. Or so some people claim. The beliefs of the sophisticated religious believer, it’s suggested, … Continue reading Wittgenstein on Religion