How Freedom Became Free-dumb in America

  https://youtu.be/Ee_uujKuJMI Why the World is horrified by the American Idiot by Umair Haque edited by O Society May 26, 2020 “Avridamah!!” shouted Matteo, from across the park. Snowy looked up at me, quizzically. It was too early for this. I grumbled, irritated. What was the Italian doctor trying to say this fine spring lockdown morning? … Continue reading How Freedom Became Free-dumb in America

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

Split the Baby. Drink the Poison. Carry the Hot Iron. Swear on the Bible

by Peter Leeson edited by O Society October 20, 2019 You probably remember the story of King Solomon and the baby. Two women come before the monarch claiming to be a child's mother. Neither has evidence to show. So Solomon proposes the following: He'll cut the baby in half. Each woman will receive an equal share. … Continue reading Split the Baby. Drink the Poison. Carry the Hot Iron. Swear on the Bible

Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein & Heraclitus

  by David Egan edited by O Society August 15, 2019 'I am not a religious man,’ the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said to a friend, ‘but I cannot help seeing every problem from a religious point of view.’ These problems that he claims to see from a religious point of view tend to be … Continue reading Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein & Heraclitus

Anthropocene: Donald Trump and the Cult of Rapture

Isaiah 45:1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; by Carol Wolman  edited by O Society June 18, 2019 Why … Continue reading Anthropocene: Donald Trump and the Cult of Rapture

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

by Chogyam Trungpa edited by O Society June 10, 2019 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (PDF) Introduction Although most of my students were sincere in their aspiration to walk on the spiritual path, they brought to it a great deal of confusion, misunderstanding and expectation. Therefore, I found it necessary to present to my students an overview of the … Continue reading Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Conspicuous presumption: Blatant hypocrisy is a status symbol in the Conservative Moral Hierarchy

by Jeremy Sherman edited by O Society May 29, 2019 The king has everything; the peasants have nothing. He eats 15 course meals while the peasants starve. Rebels yell and the king laughs, ignoring or suppressing them effortlessly. Mitch McConnell announces that he’d seat a replacement Supreme Court justice in 2020 after refusing to even … Continue reading Conspicuous presumption: Blatant hypocrisy is a status symbol in the Conservative Moral Hierarchy

HyperNormalisation Explained

One of our O Society people says they feel like they just don't get it after watching Adam Curtis' documentary HyperNormalisation, which we discuss here: Crazy is the New Normal: HyperNormalisation by O Society May 22, 2019 So let's put it into context, Ok? One of the things about all of this which sticks out … Continue reading HyperNormalisation Explained

The Countercultural Lessons of Jesus of Nazareth and Francis of Assisi in the 21st Century

by Robert Scheer Scheer Intelligence Feb 15, 2019 The biblical Parable of the Good Samaritan is one that Tom Catena not only knows well, but strives to live by. A devout Catholic and Ivy League-educated doctor, Catena realized early on that he would dedicate his time on earth to helping those in need, though he … Continue reading The Countercultural Lessons of Jesus of Nazareth and Francis of Assisi in the 21st Century