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Brexit: The Importance of Being Able to Leave
3 years ago

Brexit: The Importance of Being Able to Leave

EVERYTHING THAT PRECEDED the announcement of a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union was a political absurdity — demagoguery, irresponsibility, shameful concessions ­— with …
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A State of Foreclosure: The Guantánamo Prison
3 years ago

A State of Foreclosure: The Guantánamo Prison

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A MONTH HAS PASSED since U.S. President Barack Obama held a press conference on February 23, 2016 to announce the plan for the “once and for all” closure of the …
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Trump Metaphysics
3 years ago

Trump Metaphysics

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QUITE UNEXPECTEDLY, a whole slew of philosophical — I would even say “metaphysical” — issues have come up on the Republican side of the primaries this election season. How to …
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Gun Control or the End of Civilization?
3 years ago

Gun Control or the End of Civilization?

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JUST THE NUMBERS are terrible. More Americans have been killed by a gun since 1970 than in all the wars America has fought since the American Revolution: roughly 1.5 million …
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Politicizing Plants
3 years ago

Politicizing Plants

ARISTOTLE’S FOUNDATIONAL DEFINITION of the human being as a “political animal” [zōon politikon] in his Politics proscribed, in one broad stroke, all other living entities from the complex realm of …
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Food as Therapy
3 years ago

Food as Therapy

AT THE MOMENT, food is highly prestigious. A vast amount of attention is paid to celebrity chefs, dietary advice, new restaurants, and cooking shows. We have, it seems, become collectively …
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One Child:  Do We Have a Right to More?
3 years ago

One Child: Do We Have a Right to More?

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We need to talk about population. If you are like most people, you don’t want to. But the truth is that at present, given the danger of environmental disaster, we …
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Why Trump Is Still Here
3 years ago

Why Trump Is Still Here

WHY HAS TRUMP, or Cruz, for that matter, made such a strong showing in the presidential election? This question has been debated for months, by journalists, by social scientists, all …
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Rape is Torture
3 years ago

Rape is Torture

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IN AN EXCRUCIATING New York Times article, Rukmini Callimachi details in painful and exact terms the system of sex slavery of Yazidi women and girls that ISIS has set in place. …
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Returning to Form: New Poetry from Argentina
3 years ago

Returning to Form: New Poetry from Argentina

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IN ARTURO CARRERA’S 2001 anthology of contemporary poetry, Monstruos, the influential Argentine writer Alejandro Rubio stated that, “Lyric poetry is dead. Who has the time, with cable TV and FM …
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