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La La Land: A Leninist Reading
4 days ago

La La Land: A Leninist Reading

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Among the PC reproaches to Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, the one that stands out for its sheer stupidity was that there are no gay couples in the film which …
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Market, Debt, New Fundamentalisms
1 week ago

Market, Debt, New Fundamentalisms

Capitalist economy has always aimed to establish an intimate connection with individual lives, a relationship that used to be based on the exploitation of specific skills in the form of …
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American History in the Age of Trump
2 weeks ago

American History in the Age of Trump

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The French philosopher Simone Weil once wrote a bit cryptically that “[w]ithout history there can be no sense of patriotism. We have only to look at the United States to …
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Thank You, President Trump
3 weeks ago

Thank You, President Trump

I have several things to thank you for, President Trump. This note of thanks is not sarcastic. It is sincere.

Until Saturday, January 21, I had never been to our …
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Dreaming of Energy, Otherwise
1 month ago

Dreaming of Energy, Otherwise

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We are enthralled with energy. From the political slogan seeking “energy independence” in the US to the calories burnt during an intense exercise routine at a local gym or consumed …
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Donald Trump’s Topsy-Turvy World
1 month ago

Donald Trump’s Topsy-Turvy World

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The most depressing aspect of the post-electoral period in the US is not the measures announced by the President-elect but the way the bulk of the Democratic Party is reacting …
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University as an Intellectual Asylum
2 months ago

University as an Intellectual Asylum

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Asylum today means both sanctuary from violence or oppression, but also a place of incarceration. The term originates from ancient Greek, where solun meant seizure, so asolun meant freedom from …
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Universal Resurrection
2 months ago

Universal Resurrection

We hear a lot about Elon Musk’s extravagant attempts to break out of the confines of the earth; we hear a lot about the remarkable advances in artificial intelligence and …
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Consent is not a Contract
2 months ago

Consent is not a Contract

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Contracts may require consent, but is consent a form of contract? From current informed medical consent policies to affirmative sexual consent polices, consent is being treated, explicitly or implicitly, as …
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Teledildonics and Transhumanism
2 months ago

Teledildonics and Transhumanism

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The word ‘teledildonics’ has been around at least since 1990. And it remains current, even if the phenomenon it names is sometimes also called sex with robots. The theme was …
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