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.
February 20, 2020 by TomDispatch Why no retired generals oppose America’s forever wars. by Danny Sjursen 23 Comments 11/9/35: General Smedley D. Butler, U.S. Marines, retired, pictured as he addressed a crowd of 6,000 participants in an anti-war demonstration on Reyburn Plaza, Philadelphia, Nov. 9th. Butler suggested, “That the government pay business and commercial interests not … Continue reading Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler?
Encore + Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. Through a collage of biography, archival material and various graphics and illustrations, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick’s 22-award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky’s probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the … Continue reading Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media – Feature, Documentary
Aldous Huxley, Island, and paying attention to the present Harry J. SteadFollowingDec 9, 2019 · Medium.com Aldous Huxley’s inspiration for writing his last novel, ‘Island’, was to promote an ideal world, a utopia, in which the best of Western and Eastern culture would collaborate and learn from each other. The island of Pala was founded by a … Continue reading The Future Will Not Save You
January 06, 2020 by Common Dreams “I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions,” said the famous standup comic in 1992 following the first Gulf War. “I don’t just roll over when I’m told to. Sad to say, most Americans just roll over on command—not me.” by Jon Queally, … Continue reading ‘No Laughing Matter’: Ilhan Omar Shares Searing Anti-War Standup Routine by George Carlin
THE STONE By Richard J. Bernstein Mr. Bernstein is a professor of philosophy at The New School for Social Research. June 20, 2018 (NYTimes.com) In the preface to her 1968 collection of essays, “Men in Dark Times,” Hannah Arendt wrote: “Even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination.” Today, in our … Continue reading The Illuminations of Hannah Arendt
Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Mega Hit ‘Baby Got Back’ Featured Powerful Women Dancers Who Changed America’s Beauty Norms Women rushed the stage during Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 2014 performance of “Baby Got Back” with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Ben VanHouten. by CHRISTOPHER J. SMITH | DECEMBER 12, 2019 (zocalopublicsquare.org) Throughout 400 years of the nation’s history, street dance has always been a tool for … Continue reading THE 1992 HIP-HOP SONG THAT SOUNDED LIKE A REVOLUTION TO BLACK WOMEN
(Lola Chase/ Special to SF Examiner) Police hope to acknowledge hateful history, build trust JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ Aug. 24, 2019 8:50 a.m. (SFExaminer.com) Change isn’t easy — but the San Francisco Police Department is ready to give it a try. Monday night, roughly 53 years after San Francisco police transphobia and violence spurred the Compton’s … Continue reading SFPD to hold LGTBQ ‘reconciliation and recognition’ night at Glide Memorial
Cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman hypothesizes we evolved to experience a collective delusion — not objective reality. KEVIN DICKINSON 09 August, 2019 (bigthink.com) Donald Hoffman theorizes experiencing reality is disadvantageous to evolutionary fitness. His hypothesis calls for ditching the objectivity of matter and space-time and replacing them with a mathematical theory of consciousness. If correct, it … Continue reading Did we evolve to see reality as it exists? No, says cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman.
Note from Michael Kelly: Yes, Andrea Dworkin. I never in a million years thought I would read, let alone enjoy, anything about Dworken’s work, but this piece is by Lauren Oyler, not Dworkin, and Oyler has what Dworkin rejected, namely the ability to reach out to the reader with an interesting sense of history and … Continue reading The Radical Style of Andrea Dworkin