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Evald Ilyenkov’s Cosmology: The Point of Madness of Dialectical Materialism
6 days ago

Evald Ilyenkov’s Cosmology: The Point of Madness of Dialectical Materialism

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From today’s perspective, the most interesting European Marxists of the twentieth century were those who tried to break out of the duality of Soviet-style dialectical materialism and the Western Marxist …
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“The Children Act”:  On the Incomparable Emma Thompson
2 weeks ago

“The Children Act”: On the Incomparable Emma Thompson

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And the wise in the end will Often bow to the beautiful. — Hölderlin

There is no comparing Emma Thompson.

I say this with a pronounced certainty that, should one …
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Bulgaria, Post-Totalitarian Europe and Me
3 weeks ago

Bulgaria, Post-Totalitarian Europe and Me

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It’s been three months since the publication, via Sofia, of the Bulgarian communist secret police dossier classifying Julia Kristeva as a spy working under the name “Sabina.”  The semiologist, psychoanalyst …
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Bonheur du Jour – Escritoire of the Day
4 weeks ago

Bonheur du Jour – Escritoire of the Day

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In eighteenth-century French, the “Bonheur du jour”, literally the “happiness of the day”, was a small escritoire or writing desk with many drawers – and even secret drawers, or compartments. …
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All the World’s a Dump
1 month ago

All the World’s a Dump

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Every day, scientific studies, media reports, and visceral experiences of the rapidly deteriorating state of the environment hit us with a growing and disconcerting force. In drinking water, microplastics abound, …
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The Oldest Testament
1 month ago

The Oldest Testament

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A rabbi, a priest, and an imam walk into a bar. Separately, each orders a Shirley Temple. Then the three proceed to argue which beverage tastes the best, and why …
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When the Police Get into Doxxing
2 months ago

When the Police Get into Doxxing

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The Guardian recently reported that the Berkeley, CA police posted the names and photos of anti-fascist activists on Twitter. These outed California anti-fascist protesters were arrested for minor offenses while …
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Should the Left’s Answer to Rightist Populism Really Be a “Me Too”? Part II
2 months ago

Should the Left’s Answer to Rightist Populism Really Be a “Me Too”? Part II

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Let’s take an (artificially) clear-cut case. Imagine a democracy, in which a large majority of voters succumb to the anti-immigrant populist propaganda and decide in a referendum to close borders …
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Should the Left’s Answer to Rightist Populism really be a “Me Too”? Part I
2 months ago

Should the Left’s Answer to Rightist Populism really be a “Me Too”? Part I

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The latest trend in the vagaries of Leftist politics is the weird movement of MeToo. The Left, however, should learn from the rise of Rightist populism, because WeToo can play …
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Pure Jet Lag: Thinking with Paul Virilio (1932-2018)
2 months ago

Pure Jet Lag: Thinking with Paul Virilio (1932-2018)

Like a number of French thinkers during the twentieth century, Paul Virilio had a penchant for the concise summary, a talent for aphorisms adaptable to a variety of settings. “When …
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