What is Native Advertising? Beto O’Rourke in Vanity Fair

by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs  edited by O Society Mar 16, 2019 To coincide with Beto O’Rourke’s presidential announcement, Vanity Fair released a long personal profile of him as a cover story. It is accompanied by a series of warm and flattering pictures of O’Rourke from celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. It is a well put-together, if unsubtle, piece of … Continue reading What is Native Advertising? Beto O’Rourke in Vanity Fair

Rebirth of the body politic

Individualism is not a sufficient foundation for social life: the image of the body politic reminds us that we are all one by Nick Romeo  Aeon Feb 26, 2019 After escaping an assassination attempt earlier that morning, Cicero entered the senate under armed guard. It was 7 November 63 BCE, and the Roman Republic hovered on the brink … Continue reading Rebirth of the body politic

Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body, and Politics in Daoist Thought

In ‘Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body and Politics in Daoist Thought’, Peng Yu foregrounds the concept of Xu from Zhuangzi’s philosophical writings, and relates this to questions about the political body. Xu refers to a Daoist notion of ambiguity, though it remains ambiguous as to how to fully define the term. The article explores its … Continue reading Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body, and Politics in Daoist Thought

Bernie Sanders’ Two-Pronged Attack on American Exceptionalism/ “Socialism” Lost It’s Meaning in American Politics

  Bernie Sanders thinks America needs many of the same things other countries need. Photo: PETE MAROVICH/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock by Ed Kilgore Intelligencer Feb 21, 2019 Anyone paying attention to the early stages of the 2020 presidential campaign is probably aware Bernie Sanders -in sharp contrast to his focus in 2016 - now is spending a lot … Continue reading Bernie Sanders’ Two-Pronged Attack on American Exceptionalism/ “Socialism” Lost It’s Meaning in American Politics

Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example

  Philosophy need not be arcane, argued Aristotle, as he led by example, writing treatises for peers and public alike by Edith Hall Aeon Feb In a democratic society, where, in theory, every citizen contributes to the process of deliberation – or at least to the choice of representatives who will deliberate on her behalf – … Continue reading Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example

After Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, Legal Scholar Says, Initiate Impeachment ‘Immediately’

"All you need is one brave member of the U.S. House of Representatives to meaningfully assert that body's Power of the Purse." An open letter to my Republican colleagues – What Would Lincoln Do? by Julia Conley Common Dreams Feb 15, 2019 While Democrats are preparing to propose a  joint resolution challenging Donald Trump's national … Continue reading After Trump’s National Emergency Declaration, Legal Scholar Says, Initiate Impeachment ‘Immediately’

Triangulation: Strategy of the Two-Party System

  by Robert Moser Be Freedom One of the most powerful achievements of the two-party system has been to effectively limit political competition in a nation still widely regarded as a democracy. These limits are enforced by law and procedure but are also the results of the strategy of Triangulation. Triangulation proclaims: “there is no … Continue reading Triangulation: Strategy of the Two-Party System