Mammon Worship is America’s Own Religion

On Eugene McCarraher’s “The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity,” a fascinating study of the ways in which economics, despite its purported scientific rationality, is really a perverse kind of religion. by Daniel Walden edited by O Society June 12, 2020 One of the few things socialists and capitalists largely agree on … Continue reading Mammon Worship is America’s Own Religion

Are You With Us or Against Us? – False Dichotomy

by David Martin edited by O Society June 5, 2020 From time immemorial, human beings put things in categories.  Language itself is a process of categorizing things, and since much of our thought process is verbal, our thoughts tend to split things into categories too, even when they fall along a continuum.  The tendency to put … Continue reading Are You With Us or Against Us? – False Dichotomy

Thinking Errors and the Coronavirus

"The end of everything we call life is at hand and cannot be evaded.” ~ H. G. Wells (1946) by Martin Cohen edited by O Society April 19, 2020 The coronavirus doesn’t just make individual people ill – it threatens the whole of society too. Measures used to control the virus destroy people’s livelihoods, trample basic … Continue reading Thinking Errors and the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Spells the End of the Neoliberal Era. What’s Next?

Coronavirus is a political crucible, melting down and reshaping current norms. Will the new era be a “Fortress Earth” or a harbinger of a transformed society based on a new set of values? by Jeremy Lent edited by O Society April 16, 2020 Think Bigger Whatever you might be thinking about the long-term impacts of the … Continue reading Coronavirus Spells the End of the Neoliberal Era. What’s Next?

Hypocognition: When We’re at a Loss for Words

"The limits of language, or what can be said, is the limit of our world. Things that have sense happen only within the limits of language. Senseless propositions attempt to say something about the limit of language; and attempts to go beyond the limits of what can be said result in nonsense." ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein by Kaidi Wu edited by O Society March 20, 2020 … Continue reading Hypocognition: When We’re at a Loss for Words

How We Stay Blind to the Story of Power

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

The Failure of Neoliberalism Radicalizes a Generation

by Conor Lynch edited by O Society Feb 27, 2020 When the conversation veered toward “capitalism” and “socialism” at last week’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, the preeminent capitalist on the stage, Michael Bloomberg, could hardly believe what he was hearing: “I can’t think of a way that would make it easier for Donald … Continue reading The Failure of Neoliberalism Radicalizes a Generation

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

Depressive Realism

header image: 15-year-old Kayla Alford expelled from Kentucky Christian school for posting this photo of herself with rainbow birthday cake on Facebook by Julie Reshe  edited by O Society Jan 15, 2020 I remember being depressed. It was a frightening state of mind that seemed to go on indefinitely. The very idea of waking up … Continue reading Depressive Realism