The Disaster of Utopian Engineering

by Chris Hedges edited by O Society Jan 31, 2020 In “The Open Society and Its Enemies,” Karl Popper warns against utopian engineering, massive social transformations led by those who believe they found a revealed truth. These utopian engineers carry out the wholesale destruction of systems, institutions, and social and cultural structures in a vain … Continue reading The Disaster of Utopian Engineering

The Moral of Iraq’s Million Man & Kobe’s Purple Diamond

Millions rally as Iraqis demand US troops pull out - BBC News https://youtu.be/f3plTR1Dcew edited by O Society Jan 28, 2020 The "Million Man March" convened by Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr exceeded expectations. According to estimates of the Iraqi police commander Jaafar Al-Batat, over 1 million people Thursday demanded the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq with a march … Continue reading The Moral of Iraq’s Million Man & Kobe’s Purple Diamond

Systemic risk of pandemic via novel pathogens – Coronavirus: A note

Joseph Norman, Yaneer Bar-Yam, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Systemic risk of pandemic via novel pathogens – Coronavirus: A note, New England Complex Systems Institute (January 26, 2020). Download as PDF by NECSI edited by O Society Jan 26, 2020 The novel coronavirus emerging out of Wuhan, China has been identified as a deadly strain that … Continue reading Systemic risk of pandemic via novel pathogens – Coronavirus: A note

Hillary Clinton: the Gift that Keeps On Giving to the Republican Party

https://youtu.be/iqZB7SIbeL4 by Kyle Smith edited by O Society Jan 26, 2020 Remember when Jimmy Carter published a whiny, self-serving book about his political downfall called “What Happened?" Remember when Mike Dukakis pushed filmmakers to do a four-hour fan documentary about himself? Remember when George HW Bush mocked Bill Clinton at the Grammys? Yeah, me neither. … Continue reading Hillary Clinton: the Gift that Keeps On Giving to the Republican Party

Prometheus’ Fire

Climate Change in a Time of Willful Ignorance by Evaggelos Vaillianatos edited by O Society Jan 26, 2020 Prologue Greek myths assert Prometheus, Titan god of foreknowledge, was grandfather of the Greeks. He defied Zeus and brought the fire of knowledge and civilization to his relatives. Zeus reacted with violence. He ordered the god of … Continue reading Prometheus’ Fire

Even Iron Man Rusts

header image: my ticket stub from Ozzy Osborne tour with opening act Metallica circa 1986 by O Society Jan 20, 2020 https://youtu.be/pfTPr0eG8Og Back in the day, one the first shows I ever saw live was Ozzy from the third row. In those days, the colesium floor was covered in steel folding chairs, which we stood … Continue reading Even Iron Man Rusts

Noam Chomsky Torches Democrats’ Narrow Trump Impeachment Charges: ‘This Tragedy May Send Him Back to Office’

by Colin Kalmbacher  edited by O Society Jan 25, 2020 Noam Chomsky, the father of modern linguistics as well as the world’s most-respected —and most-cited— living public intellectual, harshly criticizes the Democratic Party’s impeachment inquiry as an insufficient indictment that could inadvertently help President Donald Trump cruise to re-election later this year. As Democrats insist against evidence their … Continue reading Noam Chomsky Torches Democrats’ Narrow Trump Impeachment Charges: ‘This Tragedy May Send Him Back to Office’

The Compelling Story of the Smart Idiot

header image: Citgo criminal or Citgo employee? You decide! by Ben Steele edited by O Society Jan 25, 2020 "A year after this very popular novel came out, I read an article summarizing a study about this novel conducted by scholars at a well-known university. The study documents how the vast majority of people who buy … Continue reading The Compelling Story of the Smart Idiot

Weaponizing Fascism for Democracy

https://youtu.be/eq9yst4W-6c The Beginning Go back to the end of World War II — to the days when the weaponization of nationalism was just beginning to crystalize as an American foreign policy strategy. by Yasha Levine edited by O Society Jan 24, 2020 Immigrants as a Weapon argues America has done more to promote the far-right around the … Continue reading Weaponizing Fascism for Democracy

Flood the zone with shit: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy

header image: an antidote to the Shit Zone by Sean Illing edited by O Society Jan 20, 2020 No matter how President Trump’s impeachment trial plays out in the Senate, one thing is certain: Despite the incontrovertible facts at the center of the story, the process will change very few minds. Regardless of how clear … Continue reading Flood the zone with shit: How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy