Racing to the Bottom: The Poverty of “Privilege”-Shaming

Most of us have probably seen this comic explaining white privilege, or have read similarly-themed comics, articles, listicles, blogs, posts, and memes imparting basically the same line of thinking. I tend to be of two minds when it comes to this material: I think it’s important to have these kinds of discussions, and yet, almost…

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On Utopias and Birds—or Lenin vs. Dostoevsky

Lenin vs. Dostoevsky In the 1860’s, Nikolai Chernishevsky wrote the manuscript for the novel A Vital Question: What is to be Done? while sitting in prison. Published in 1864, it became to some one of the most important works of the 19th century—notably, to Vladmir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by his pen name Lenin, who…

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