Lessons from the Crisis in Venezuela

Watching the political developments of the past decade, it seems like one of the major disadvantages that people on the left have is that they are generally less willing to put people at risk than people to their right. We can see this in the debates over the various “Eurexit” movements: for right populists, the…

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Sartre’s Portrait of the Antisemite

When Orwell read Sartre’s book Antisemite and Jew, which the following text derives from, he went on to publish an uncharitable critique, intending to “give a good boot” to “that bag of wind.” The gist of his critique, which was that the way Sartre generalizes “The” anti-Semite as “always the same kind of person, recognizable…

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On Trump and the Nature of Lying

There’s a Midrash, I’m told, about the time God tells Abraham that he will finally conceive a child with his wife Sarah, long after they had abandoned any such efforts. As the Bible tells it, Sarah, who had been listening in on the heavenly message, laughs and says to herself (I paraphrase): even if I…

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Being Selective About Free Speech

There has been alot of discussion about the protests of Trump, starting in Chicago and continuing in other states his campaign is being hosted, and whether or not these demonstrations violate the free speech of Trump and his supporters. It’s unclear whether these events have harmed or helped Trump, but if nothing else, they have…

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What Clinton has in Common With Trump

Speaking of Kissinger/Nixon, less flat-footed defenders of the Dynamic Duo like to take a tack that goes like this: “Yes, yes, massive violence at the periphery—Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, and elsewhere—but what about their more prosaic and peaceful achievements at the center: detente, the treaties with the Soviet Union, opening relations with China, and so on?” Flaubert…

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The World Isn’t Flat

Free your mind of the idea of deserving, of the idea of earning, and you will begin to be able to think. ~Ursula Le Guin My first experiences with electoral politics occurred in mock-elections that were held in class during my elementary school years. The first such occasion, I supported Michael Dukakis, though only because…

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Movie Mashup: Hail, Trumbo!

With the body politic being what it is lately, it’s unsurprising that so many films of late have been centered around the problems of and dissatisfaction with our economic system: movies like Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, shows like Billions, and the upcoming film Money Monster all rhyme, thematically, along with similar fare…

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No One Really Wants to be Subject to Capitalism

In a blog post on the now-unraveling standoff in Oregon, Charles Mudede pointed out that centuries before Ammon Bundy and his cohorts decided to occupy the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, the land had originally been expropriated from the Paiute Indians by white ranchers and settlers. “They were not doing all of this cheating and killing out…

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The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2015 (That I haven’t Read)

Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success and Happiness, by Miya Tokumitsu (Regan Arts) I feel that I must begin with this book by Miya Tokumitsu, because I believe it’s message might save your life—literally. In our status-obsessed country, which has been suffering from increasing inequality, stagnation, and the decline of many sectors,…

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