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The Killers of Roland Barthes
13 hours ago

The Killers of Roland Barthes

The Jean Vrin bookshop, Place de la Sorbonne. I’m standing in front of a bookshelf, right at the entrance, where the cash desk is. Suddenly I hear a voice behind …
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Apprehending the Death of Jamel Dunn
1 week ago

Apprehending the Death of Jamel Dunn

On July 9, 2017, Jamel Dunn, a 31-year-old disabled man, drowned in a Florida retention pond. Five teenaged boys, reportedly between 14 and 17 years of age, getting high together, …
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An Open Letter to Cornel West: On Charlottesville
2 weeks ago

An Open Letter to Cornel West: On Charlottesville

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Never more so than in this era of hot-takes is it essential to understand, deeply, what “antifa” is and is not. It is neither a group nor a top-down …
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Tick Thinking
3 weeks ago

Tick Thinking

This probably isn’t the essay about ticks that you want to read. Popular takes on ticks cast them as sinister enemies of our species, and offer tips and advice for …
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Post-Truth or: Why Nietzsche is not Responsible for Donald Trump
4 weeks ago

Post-Truth or: Why Nietzsche is not Responsible for Donald Trump

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This is a True Story

The acclaimed TV series Fargo starts off exactly in the same way as the movie of the same name in 1996. Just as the cult …
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Act Globally, Think Locally!
1 month ago

Act Globally, Think Locally!

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The looming military conflict between the US and North Korea contains a double danger. Although both sides, the US and North Korea, are for sure bluffing, not counting on an …
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LeftTech: New Robot Rights
1 month ago

LeftTech: New Robot Rights

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The direction of technological progress is precisely and deliberately determined by those with state and corporate interests. As Julian Assange has shown, the giants of Silicon Valley have long been …
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What doesn’t belong in this group: Israel, Trump, Freedom of the Press?
2 months ago

What doesn’t belong in this group: Israel, Trump, Freedom of the Press?

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Rather than do some soul-searching with regard to his disastrous decision to interfere with the status quo at the al-Aqsa Mosque, Binyamin Netanyahu has been busy condemning others over the …
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The Dystopian Promise of the Fidget Spinner
2 months ago

The Dystopian Promise of the Fidget Spinner

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“People today who still have time for boredom and yet are not bored are certainly just as boring as those who never get around to being bored,” pronounced the social …
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Nationalism in American Science Advocacy
2 months 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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