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Deceiver-in-Chief
2 days ago

Deceiver-in-Chief

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Adolf Hitler mastered the skill of deceiving people by telling the right story to the right person at the right time –– he was a deceiver-in-chief who fooled countless people about …
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Trump is a Critic
1 week ago

Trump is a Critic

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Almost everyone who reads this article is a critic, a sceptic perhaps even a cynic. Not sure? Are you gullible? Ideological? Blinkered? Of course not. We do not think of …
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Why Pessimism Is the Key to Good Government
2 weeks ago

Why Pessimism Is the Key to Good Government

It might be normal to imagine that a good society would be one in which a majority of people held optimistic views about themselves, their fellow citizens and their prospects …
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Gratuitousness and Recognition
3 weeks ago

Gratuitousness and Recognition

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It is possible to narrate the history of debt (and, therefore, of credit) as a history of relation. This does not mean turning a blind eye to all the uses …
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The CIA Reads French Theory:  On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left
4 weeks ago

The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left

It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized …
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La La Land: A Leninist Reading
1 month 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 month 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 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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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