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Nationalism in American Science Advocacy
3 hours ago

Nationalism in American Science Advocacy

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Badly shaken by the Trump administration’s disregard for established research findings, particularly those pertaining to climate, environment and health, many US scientists have mobilized to defend science. Scientific societies as …
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Elections, Popular Pressure, and Inertia
1 week ago

Elections, Popular Pressure, and Inertia

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Yannis Varoufakis opens his Adults in the Room with a report on how, on 16 April 2015, in a dark corner of a DC hotel bar, Larry Summers told him: …
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Why Thoreau Is Still Alive at 200
2 weeks ago

Why Thoreau Is Still Alive at 200

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This year the world celebrates the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1817. Thoreau was a writer, a philosopher and one of the first naturalists to …
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Who’s Afraid of the Postfactual?
3 weeks ago

Who’s Afraid of the Postfactual?

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Kellyanne Conway, the advisor to President Donald Trump, must be credited for having coined a new philosophical concept: that of “alternative facts”. When confronted with the episode in which White …
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Being without a People
4 weeks ago

Being without a People

Last year, watching the news about the arrival of Syrian refugees at the island of Lesbos, a strong image remained in my heart. It was the image of an Imam …
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Fictitious Capital and the Return of Personal Domination
1 month ago

Fictitious Capital and the Return of Personal Domination

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Although Marx provided an unsurpassable analysis of capitalist reproduction, his mistake was that he counted on the prospect of capitalism’s final breakdown, and therefore couldn’t grasp how capitalism came out …
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Can Democracy Save the Planet?
1 month ago

Can Democracy Save the Planet?

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Donald Trump’s announcement of US withdrawal from the Paris climate change treaty was far from unexpected. Both before and after being elected president, he publically and unswervingly, online and in …
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The Perfect Beauty of Black Death
2 months ago

The Perfect Beauty of Black Death

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Now this will be a beautiful death

-Kanye West, ‘Power’

In Remainder (2005) by Tom McCarthy and “The Body of Michael Brown” (2015) by Kenneth Goldsmith, two works that play …
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Escape from Horror
2 months ago

Escape from Horror

“The horror! The horror!” Kurtz dies, uttering his last words in the presence of Marlow, the main character of Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. Why does Kurtz feel compelled …
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Not an Era for Apologetics: On Charles Murray
2 months ago

Not an Era for Apologetics: On Charles Murray

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The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis. Dante Alighieri

The PC pundits of academia’s sacred neutrality have got it wrong …
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