“A Critique of Religions, mostly Islam and Christianity” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

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.

SFPD to hold LGTBQ ‘reconciliation and recognition’ night at Glide Memorial

(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

Did we evolve to see reality as it exists? No, says cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman.

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.

A critique of Jordan Peterson

A scholar of ancient history explains how right-wing ‘intellectuals’ hijack academic respectability to bolster MAGA talking points written by Chauncey DeVega / Salon February 17, 2019   Last week during a rally in the border city of El Paso, Texas, before thousands of his most adoring fans, Donald Trump showed America and the world–again–who he really is.… Last week … Continue reading A critique of Jordan Peterson

“Time to Break the Silence on Palestine”

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”

Book: “American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism”

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”

Andrew Sullivan on the True Meaning of the Word “Conservatism”

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”

Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?

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?

James Baldwin on Resisting the Mindless Majority, Not Running from Uncomfortable Realities, and What It Really Means to Grow Up

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