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Lenin Navigating in Unchartered Territories
5 months ago

Lenin Navigating in Unchartered Territories

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Those who follow obscure spiritual-cosmological speculations have for sure heard of one of the most popular topics in this domain: when three planets (usually the Earth, its moon and the …
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Thinking Dangerously in Dark Times
5 months ago

Thinking Dangerously in Dark Times

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The conditions that produce the terrifying curse of totalitarianism seem to be upon us and are increasingly visible in President Trump’s denial of civil liberties, the stoking of fear in …
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Who Can Represent Black Pain? Hannah Black’s Letter to the Whitney Biennial
5 months ago

Who Can Represent Black Pain? Hannah Black’s Letter to the Whitney Biennial

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Three weeks ago, the British artist and writer Hannah Black published an open letter to the curators and staff of the Whitney Biennial demanding that Dana Schutz’s painting Open Casket
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‘No Poetry after Auschwitz’? On the Writer’s Place in Responding to Crisis
6 months ago

‘No Poetry after Auschwitz’? On the Writer’s Place in Responding to Crisis

Adorno’s dictum – ‘to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric’ – sounds a cautionary note for the socially-engaged writer. Against the impulse to respond with the tools of our trade, …
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Post-Truth and Posthumous Truth
6 months ago

Post-Truth and Posthumous Truth

“If you have the truth, keep it to yourselves. -Fernando Pessoa

 

The old traditional truth was dogmatic and fundamentalist, one that always came out unscathed and that made itself inaccessible to …
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Deceiver-in-Chief
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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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