Rebirth of the body politic

Individualism is not a sufficient foundation for social life: the image of the body politic reminds us that we are all one by Nick Romeo  Aeon Feb 26, 2019 After escaping an assassination attempt earlier that morning, Cicero entered the senate under armed guard. It was 7 November 63 BCE, and the Roman Republic hovered on the brink … Continue reading Rebirth of the body politic

Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body, and Politics in Daoist Thought

In ‘Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body and Politics in Daoist Thought’, Peng Yu foregrounds the concept of Xu from Zhuangzi’s philosophical writings, and relates this to questions about the political body. Xu refers to a Daoist notion of ambiguity, though it remains ambiguous as to how to fully define the term. The article explores its … Continue reading Zones of Indeterminacy: Art, Body, and Politics in Daoist Thought

What Nietzsche Learnt from Diogenes

How Friedrich Nietzsche used ideas from the Ancient Cynics to explore the death of God and the nature of morality by Helen Small  Aeon Feb 28, 2019 Ancient Cynicism was an eccentric model for practising a philosophical life. Diogenes of Sinope (c404-323 BCE) and his followers claimed independence from conventional material desires and the normal turmoil of … Continue reading What Nietzsche Learnt from Diogenes

How Did the Zebra Get Its Stripes?

Scientific testing zeroes in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat.  by Tim Caro,Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Ecology, University of California, Davis and Martin How, Biological Sciences, University of Bristol Conversation Feb 20, 2019 Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew what's the use of sporting … Continue reading How Did the Zebra Get Its Stripes?

Cities across America should unite against big corporations

New York’s resistance to Amazon’s HQ2 is a model for a new kind of politics for cities to follow by Julia Salazar and Shaun Scott Guardian Feb 26, 2019 We are from New York City and Seattle respectively. What unites us – and other major cities across the country – is that we are forced to make … Continue reading Cities across America should unite against big corporations

The Banality of Empire

by Kenn Orphan Feb 22, 2019 https://youtu.be/InGCmxCjaWE This month freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar questioned Trump’s nominee for envoy to Venezuela, Elliot Abrams. While her interrogation was somewhat tepid in regard to American imperialism (see 3:49 she agrees with his statement “no one disputes” the US goal has always been to support democracy and defend human rights), she did bring … Continue reading The Banality of Empire

Why Did Trump Choose to be Such an Unpopular President?

William Black New Economic Perspectives February 25, 2019 Donald Trump promised to deliver a middle-class tax cut of epic proportions. “The largest tax reductions are for the middle class, who have been forgotten,” Trump said in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 22, 2016. If Trump had fulfilled that campaign promise, it would have made him spectacularly popular … Continue reading Why Did Trump Choose to be Such an Unpopular President?

Koch Network Pushes Deceitful Textbook on Cash-Strapped Schools Pushing “Libertarian” Greed Agenda

Why the textbook was written is an interesting tale of dark money advancing libertarian propaganda. by  Dee Maitland  Truthout February 22, 2019 The first clue this textbook lacked academic integrity became apparent when the authors, three philosophy and marketing professors, began their section on trade 40,000 years ago, with the claim that the Neanderthals became extinct because … Continue reading Koch Network Pushes Deceitful Textbook on Cash-Strapped Schools Pushing “Libertarian” Greed Agenda

Survival of the Richest: All Are Equal, Except Those Who Aren’t

Musical intro: When My Train Pulls In by Gary Clark Jr https://youtu.be/2XITBuWNROk by Nomi Prins TomDispatch Feb 26, 2019 Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today’s thin veneer of political populism sparsely covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality hiding in plain sight. And this phenomenon of ever more concentrated wealth and … Continue reading Survival of the Richest: All Are Equal, Except Those Who Aren’t

The “New Normal:” Everything Acting Strangely

by Scott Preston Chrysalis  and O Society Feb 26, 2019 You’ve probably all encountered the phrase “the New Normal” at one time or another. It’s a belated recognition we’ve entered into some strange, unfamiliar world age once only anticipated in science fiction. Human beings acting strangely. Climate and weather acting strangely. Some will even tell you … Continue reading The “New Normal:” Everything Acting Strangely