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LeftTech: New Robot Rights
3 days 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?
1 week 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 weeks 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
3 weeks 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 month 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
1 month 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?
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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?
2 months 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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