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?

The Age of Demagogues

Chris Hedges Truthdig The increase in nihilistic violence such as school shootings and a lethal assault on a Planned Parenthood clinic, the frequent executions of poor people of color by police, and the rise of thuggish demagogues, such as Donald Trump, are symptoms of the collapse of our political and cultural institutions. These institutions, which once … Continue reading The Age of Demagogues