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Baron Wormser: Conceit

If the great motive force in this world is love, how do we love the earth so that the harmony the earth embodies is acknowledged in daily life, to say nothing of adored?

January 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

Keshav Singh: Sikh ethics sees self-centredness as the source of human evil

Long before I was exposed to the works of any Western philosophers, I looked to the teachings of the Sikh gurus, enshrined in our scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, for moral guidance. This has recently got me thinking: how does Sikhism approach the ‘big questions’ of Western moral philosophy?

January 21, 2022 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Slouching Towards Fascism With DeSantis’ Election Police

Even as the Senate bitterly, implausibly debates fundamental voting rights that not long ago were deemed non-negotiable, Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking Orwell’s “1984” and running with it into … Continue reading

January 20, 2022 · 4 Comments

William J. Astore: Only Cold-War Fools Hit Replay on Doomsday

It’s finally time for this country to succeed in something again—something noble, something other than the perpetuation of murderous war and the horrific production of genocidal weaponry.

January 19, 2022 · 3 Comments

Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DRPH: The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.

January 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Jake Johnson: Poor People’s Campaign Readies ‘Massive, Nonviolent’ Effort to Save Democracy

“We are not in this for a moment, but for a movement,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. “Our deadline is victory.”

January 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: An Antiwar Couple Who Shaped History

“Radical Love” tells the story of Michael and Eleanora Kennedy’s lifelong dedication to radical political movements—from the Black Panthers to the Weather Underground—and to each other.

January 16, 2022 · 7 Comments

Terry Blackhawk: Cambridge, Massachusetts — 1951

the boy with curlier hair and light brown skin
over by the windows and Roland, who was darker,
with short cut hair, whose name I’ve carried all these years

January 16, 2022 · 7 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: We saved the puffins. Now a warming planet is unraveling that work.

Seabirds are climate change prisoners. Our inaction makes us the executioners.

January 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Day Release (Freigang)

In this internationally acclaimed film, single mother Kathi receives day release from prison and finds her three-year-old son, who is living with her unstable mother, in bad circumstances. She is forced to find a way to enable a better future for him, while time is against her, she has to be back in prison at six pm.

January 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Losing It

Faced with the gathering collapse of the biosphere, and governments’ refusal to take the necessary action, how do we stop ourselves from falling apart?

January 12, 2022 · 7 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: Keep Your LAWS Off My Planet

New technology under development by Raytheon BBN Technologies could unleash swarms of small, autonomous air and ground vehicles, working in tandem and under the control of remote operators.

January 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Seven million years of human evolution

This video from the American Museum of Natural History tracks scientists’ current best guess at a timeline of hominin species, including when and where they lived, and how extinctions and interbreeding led to Homo sapiens becoming the last hominin on Earth.

January 10, 2022 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: What I Learned About Death From 7 Religious Scholars, 1 Atheist and My Father

Just a few days before my father died in 2014, I asked him a question some might find insensitive or inappropriate: “So, what are your thoughts now about dying?”

January 9, 2022 · 11 Comments

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