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Coveting What You Resent: On the Absent Link between Life and Thought
3 days ago

Coveting What You Resent: On the Absent Link between Life and Thought

In a recent review of Eric Hobsbawm’s biography written by Richard J. Evans, Susan Pedersen gives a striking summary of the eventful life of the great historian: “For his whole …
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Karl Marx Muses over the Kardashians & Instafame
1 week ago

Karl Marx Muses over the Kardashians & Instafame

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What does Kim Kardashian do? That’s the question of the day. Helping me with the task of answering it is Karl Marx, whose writings on labor may need some updating. …
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Making Use of Religion? No, Thanks!
2 weeks ago

Making Use of Religion? No, Thanks!

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THE core philosophical question is not “how can we break through the veil of illusions and reach true reality?” but exactly the opposite one: “why do illusions arise within reality?” …
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A Goddess Manifesto
3 weeks ago

A Goddess Manifesto

I am writing this essay and thinking that perhaps it will never be published in any “serious” edition. It would never go through the eye of a needle of censorship. …
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Machine Drama
1 month ago

Machine Drama

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In Superintelligence, a state-of-the-art book on the dangers of machine intelligence, Nick Bostrom reminds us that horses “became obsolete” roughly one hundred years ago. Horses are, of course, not obsolete …
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Should We Create a Market for Values?
1 month ago

Should We Create a Market for Values?

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Nowadays, neoliberalism and populism are the two dominant narratives in the public discussion of social, political and economic issues. Even those who, in America and Europe, identify themselves as progressives, …
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Avengers and the Endgame of Liberalism
1 month ago

Avengers and the Endgame of Liberalism

When Stalinist historiography presented its version of Soviet history, it erased any mention of the contribution of people who would go on to become dissidents to the Russian revolution. If …
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The Failure of the French Intelligentsia? Intellectuals and Uprisings in the Case of the Yellow Vests
2 months ago

The Failure of the French Intelligentsia? Intellectuals and Uprisings in the Case of the Yellow Vests

One of the largest grassroots social movements in recent history has overtaken France and extended beyond its borders. Like all mass movements, it is multiform and dynamic. Although there are …
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Žižek’s ‘I Prefer Not To’ (Respond to Peterson)
2 months ago

Žižek’s ‘I Prefer Not To’ (Respond to Peterson)

Following the intellectual ‘debate of the century’, many have criticized Žižek for his very participation, and also for not being critical enough or not refuting Peterson’s points one-by-one. We argue …
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The Scandal of Democracy
2 months ago

The Scandal of Democracy

The French philosopher Jacques Rancière says there is a scandal at the heart of democracy. ‘Scandal’ certainly comes to mind when I consider the many abuses President Trump heaps on …
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