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When the Private Becomes Political
2 months ago

When the Private Becomes Political

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I think that there is a lot of good that can come from the #metoo campaign, but at the same time I am wary of the way this conversation about …
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Spaces of Terror
3 months ago

Spaces of Terror

For my students…

 Modern International Law is, essentially, a right of war and peace – a jus belli ac pacis, as it was called by one of its founding fathers, …
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Troubles with Identity
3 months ago

Troubles with Identity

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Everyone who is troubled by new anti-immigrant populism should make the effort to watch Europa – the Last Battle (Tobias Bratt, Sweden 2017), a 10-episode documentary. It presents in extenso
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A Fact of Life
3 months ago

A Fact of Life

Here he is for the first time: in heartbreak. It was long overdue, E. thinks; he is turning 30 next year. But maybe that’s unfair; he remembers something that felt …
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It’s Perfectly Possible to Live in a Post-Truth Era
3 months ago

It’s Perfectly Possible to Live in a Post-Truth Era

On May 1, 1960, the CIA pilot Captain Francis Gary Powers flew a U-2 spy plane over the USSR, taking photographs of Soviet military installations, including sites capable of launching …
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The Moving Metaphors of Folk Capitalism
3 months ago

The Moving Metaphors of Folk Capitalism

In the last three decades, social thought has been suffering the slow exhaustion of some of its most iconic metaphors. Terms such as class, struggle or collective action, once alive …
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Marx Today: The End Is Near… Only Not the Way We Imagined It
4 months ago

Marx Today: The End Is Near… Only Not the Way We Imagined It

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There is an old delicious Soviet joke about radio Yerevan: a listener asks “Is it true that Rabinovitch won a new car in a lottery?”, and the radio answers: “In …
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Burning Ourselves to Death
4 months ago

Burning Ourselves to Death

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In the early hours of Saturday, April 14, 2018, charred remains of prominent New York lawyer, David S. Buckel, were found in Prospect Park. According to the note he left …
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Taking Back Hyperbole from Trump: “Truthful Hyperbole” is Hyperbolic Projection
4 months ago

Taking Back Hyperbole from Trump: “Truthful Hyperbole” is Hyperbolic Projection

While the never-ending debate about whether Trump is a compulsive eight-year-old with a Twitter account or a diabolical media operator rages on, perhaps another focus ought simply to be on …
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“But Does that Really Matter?”
4 months ago

“But Does that Really Matter?”

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This is an increasingly familiar question in the face of overwhelming social and political challenges. This question and its variations—“but is that the most important issue?” and “is that worth …
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