Capitalism as Religion: How Money Became God

https://youtu.be/ao-Sahfy7Hg “Where’s the management section?” a man asked the nearest bookseller. My hometown Barnes and Noble’s business and management section is extensive, patronized by the employees in the numerous office parks nearby. The man handed the bookseller a list of titles on a Post-It. She smiled and pointed across the store, but stopped him short. … Continue reading Capitalism as Religion: How Money Became God

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

The politics of fear and racism: How our brains can be manipulated to tribalism

by Arash Javanbakht edited by O Society June 4, 2020 Tribalism is a signature of America within and without, exemplified by the election of Donald Trump. The nation parted ways with international allies, left the rest of the world in their effort to fight climate change, and most recently the pandemic, by leaving the World Health Organization. … Continue reading The politics of fear and racism: How our brains can be manipulated to tribalism

Why do you believe what you do? Run some diagnostics on it

by Miriam Schoenfield edited by O Society April 22, 2020 Beliefs that play a fundamental role in our worldview are largely the result of the communities in which we’ve been immersed. Religious parents tend to beget religious children, liberal educational institutions tend to produce liberal graduates, blue states stay mostly blue, and red ones stay mostly … Continue reading Why do you believe what you do? Run some diagnostics on it

Why Does Donald Trump Still Have Supporters?

https://youtu.be/XHYpKL9TvBc Trump supporters would rather have a dead half a country than a whole one that exists with out them: The Rise of Trump is White America Dying by DL Hughley edited by O Society April 8, 2020 We know Trump has been inept by any standard. He’s embarrassed us on the world scene. He seems … Continue reading Why Does Donald Trump Still Have Supporters?

Right-Wing America’s Long Strange Love Affair with the Occult & New Age Mysticism

If you think New Age alternative spirituality is solely the domain of lefty hippies, you don't know your history by Mitch Horowitz edited by O Society April 6, 2020 When my book Occult America, a history of supernatural religions in the U.S., appeared in 2009, I was surprised to receive an admiring phone call from a … Continue reading Right-Wing America’s Long Strange Love Affair with the Occult & New Age Mysticism

The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague

by Jared Sexton edited by O Society April 1, 2020 Those who see Trump as a messianic figure believe the coronavirus will put a fallen world right again. Trump answers questions Tuesday afternoon for a Fox News virtual town hall (most watched in history) surrounded by a frame of graphics. In the lower right-hand corner, a … Continue reading The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague

What Can We Learn from the Perennial Philosophy?

As a teenager, I came across Aldous Huxley’s The Perennial Philosophy (1945). I was so inspired by its array of mystical jewels, like a magpie, I stole it from my school’s library. I still have this copy, sitting beside me. by Jules Evans edited by O Society March 23, 2020 Next, I devoured his book The Doors … Continue reading What Can We Learn from the Perennial Philosophy?

Cult of Willful Ignorance: Stupidity as a Strategy, Donald Trump, and the Coronavirus Outbreak

by Henry Giroux  edited by O Society Feb 29 - Leap Day - 2020 Trump’s lies, his disparagement of science and scientists, his claim non-political civil servants are part of the deep state out to "get" him, his lack of credibility, his penchant for political opportunism over the needs of the nation, his pathological embrace of … Continue reading Cult of Willful Ignorance: Stupidity as a Strategy, Donald Trump, and the Coronavirus Outbreak

Roots of Our Religious Fanatacism

A religious fanatic is someone who can't change their mind and won't change the subject. The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to “Make America great again,” this moment is … Continue reading Roots of Our Religious Fanatacism