Our problems are deeper than “capitalism” (and “socialism” alone can’t solve them)

by Kollibri terre Sonnenblume edited by O Society May 19, 2019 Complaints about “capitalism” have become more common the last few years in the United States. This has been a welcome development. Anytime the collective perspective is widened, it’s beneficial to at least some degree. In a complementary way, calls for “socialism” have also become more … Continue reading Our problems are deeper than “capitalism” (and “socialism” alone can’t solve them)

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?

Trees don’t grow on money – or why you don’t get to rebel against extinction

by Tim Hayward edited by O Society April 29, 2019 Money doesn’t grow on trees, and although people can make money out of trees, they cannot make trees out of money. This much may seem platitudinous, but it is worth keeping in mind. What is true of trees is true of the natural world as … Continue reading Trees don’t grow on money – or why you don’t get to rebel against extinction

A doctrine against doctrinaires: the enduring radical modesty of Karl Popper

Karl Popper (1974 video) by Philosophy Overdose https://youtu.be/sLDpj8dx0UU Comprising excerpts from the documentary Philosophie Gegen Falsche Propheten (1974), or ‘Philosophy Against False Prophets,’ this video is a robust primer on the ideas and legacy of Karl Popper. The influential Austrian-born thinker elucidates his concept of falsifiability, which holds scientific theories can never be proven true, … Continue reading A doctrine against doctrinaires: the enduring radical modesty of Karl Popper

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