A few days ago I saw a video on YouTube with The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur. He was talking about how as a student he got very excited about philosophy and thought of majoring in the subject. When he went to talk with his professor, the professor asked which philosopher he wished to study. … Continue reading “A Critique of Religions, mostly Islam and Christianity” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.
In the spirit of Martin Luther King speaking out on the Viet Nam war, Michelle Alexander has written a very forthright and needed essay about Israeli civil rights abuses of the Palestinians on the West Bank. Or, more precisely, about the defening political silence from the political establishment in the US, and particularly from Congress. … Continue reading “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine”
American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism by Henry A. Giroux Are we in the beginning of a new fascist era? As white supremacy, ultra-nationalism, rabid misogyny and anti-immigrant fervor coalesce, a new and uniquely American form of fascism looms. Could our current moment actually bring about the end of democracy in the United States? Are … Continue reading Book: “American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism”
America Desperately Needs a Healthy Conservatism by Andrew Sullivan In these fetid times, it’s easy to know what you’re against. And I’ve spent many diaries assailing the dueling Trump and “social justice” cults on the illiberal right and left these past several months. But what am I for? That’s a harder question but a useful … Continue reading Andrew Sullivan on the True Meaning of the Word “Conservatism”
May 14, 2018 Issue (newyorker.com) The idea that authoritarianism attracts workers harmed by the free market, which emerged when the Nazis were in power, has been making a comeback. By Caleb Crain A new book blames authoritarianism on politicians entranced by the free market. Illustration by Alvaro Dominguez; photograph from iStock / Getty In London, in the nineteen-thirties, the émigré … Continue reading Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?
By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) “I can conceive of no better service,” Walt Whitman wrote, “than boldly exposing the weakness, liabilities and infinite corruptions of democracy.” Nearly a century later, James Baldwin (August 2, 1924–December 1, 1987) — another poet laureate of the human spirit — embodied this ethos in one of his shortest, most searing, and timeliest essays. In 1963, the … Continue reading James Baldwin on Resisting the Mindless Majority, Not Running from Uncomfortable Realities, and What It Really Means to Grow Up
The psychologist and YouTube star has brought the concepts of order and tradition back to our intellectual discourse. By Yoram Hazony June 15, 2018 (wsj.com) Jordan Peterson doesn’t seem to think of himself as a conservative. Yet there he is, standing in the space once inhabited by conservative thinkers such as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, … Continue reading Jordan Peterson and Conservatism’s Rebirth
April 3, 2018 (bigthink.com) by DEREK BERES True thinking is rare—just like true listening, says Jordan Peterson. [Image: Big Think] My education in journalism began with Bill Moyers. Watching his classic interview with Joseph Campbell—the transcript became Campbell’s posthumous bestseller, The Power of Myth—is as instructive as any college course. Moyers extensively studied the subject matter before chatting … Continue reading Jordan Peterson: Conversation requires listening, not just talking
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” BY MARIA POPOVA (BrainPickings.org) “Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire,” Adrienne Rich wrote in contemplating what poetry does. “Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock,” Denise Levertov asserted in her piercing statement on … Continue reading The Story Behind Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and the Poet’s Own Stirring Reading of His Masterpiece
Ross Douthat NOV. 1, 2017 (NYTimes.com) “Luther in Hell,” by Egbert van Heemskerk the Younger (1676-1744). CreditHeritage Images/Getty Images The Western world has not known quite what to do with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The powerful Protestant establishments that would have once celebrated the quincentenary wholeheartedly are mostly weak or impotent or gone, and … Continue reading “Who Won the Reformation?” by Ross Douthat