https://youtu.be/VC36BthfGu8 Lies are emotionally comforting in times of distress, even when we know they are lies. The worse things get, the more we long to hear the lies. Yet cultures who can no longer face reality, who cannot distinguish between falsehood and truth, retreat into what Sigmund Freud calls “screen memories,” the merger of fact … Continue reading We are Watching the Story of America Crash Headlong into the Reality of America in Real Time
https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1180594952046137345 by Matt Stoller edited by O Society May 20, 2020 Today I’m going to list four examples of how the pandemic is enabling consolidation, and then observe why control of corporate assets fundamentally is a question of whether we live in a democratic society or an authoritarian one. Competing Narratives Around Monopolization Today I … Continue reading Can We Stop Monopolization in a Pandemic?
When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently from William Golding’s bestseller. by Rutger Bregman edited by O Society May 17, 2020 For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in … Continue reading The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
by Calvert Jones edited by O Society April 15, 2020 Humans are storytelling creatures: the stories we tell have profound implications for how we see our role in the world, and dystopian fiction keeps growing in popularity. According to Goodreads.com, an online community that has grown to 90 million readers, the share of books categorised as … Continue reading How dystopian narratives can incite real-world radicalism
by Jonathan Cook edited by O Society April 6, 2020 Things often look the way they do because someone claiming authority tells us they look that way. If that sounds too cynical, pause for a moment and reflect on what seemed most important to you just a year ago, or even a few weeks ago. Then, … Continue reading The Bigger Picture is Hiding in Plain Sight
“Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/ psychopathy/ antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this. The realization a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to … Continue reading Pathocracy: Tyranny at the Hands of a Psychopathic Government
by Jonathan Cook edited by O Society Feb 28, 2020 If there is one thing which drives me to write, it is the urgent need for all of us to start understanding power. Power is the force which shapes almost everything about our lives and our deaths. There can be no more important issue. Understanding … Continue reading How We Stay Blind to the Story of Power
Over the past few years, I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klan member, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to … Continue reading Here They Come Again: New Democrats Prove Their Loyalty to Neoliberalism & Trump
On spirituality, anti-intellectualism, and existential struggle by Gail Post edited by O Society Feb 15, 2020 A troubling online comment highlights the complicated intersection between spirituality and science. Written by a family after touring an air and space museum, they proudly announce their children's response to depictions of the solar system's formation. "We let it go in one … Continue reading How Come So Many Kids Lose Faith and Don’t Believe in Our Society?
What kind of spectacle is the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump? by Fintan O'Toole edited by O Society Feb 10, 2020 In its opening days, the audience was given two wildly different but equally bathetic prompts as to how we should see it. We were invited by two central figures to understand it, on … Continue reading Whatever He Wants