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Video: Slavoj Žižek — The Dusty Balls of Capitalism

. Slavoj Žižek tells an old Russian joke, expounding its political relevance today. Slavoj Žižek (born 1949) is a Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist. He is a senior … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

W. H. Auden: Refugee Blues

Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: The Ocean is Wide Enough for Many to Walk Upon It

(For Mahmoud Darwish)   On the night that Muhammad entered the gospels, Christ was out on the water, Dipping his toes into the sea.   Muhammad walked down to the … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrea Germanos: Supreme Court Delivers ‘Dangerous Message’ — Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that former George W. Bush officials cannot be held liable for the abuse and detention of a group of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

W. D. Ehrhart: Beautiful Wreckage

What if I didn’t shoot the old lady running away from our patrol, or the old man in the back of the head, or the boy in the marketplace?   … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Of Guns And Our Crazy Neighbor

I teach in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. Belleville is the home of James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on congressmen and staffers at a G. O. … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Leonard Gontarek: Sanctuary

My name is Leonard Gontarek. I survived the attack at the Grand 16 Theater where Trainwreck was playing. I gave it 3 out of 4 stars. I had cheese on … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Alison R. Parker: Being Jewish in Trump’s America is a profoundly unsettling reality

I never believed that anti-Semitism had disappeared, or ever would. But neither did I ever expect to live with the kind of fear and torment that older generations spoke of in … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Dreaming of Prague  

I can almost imagine the euforie those first days of Revolution.   The crowds at Wenceslas Square. Even the police cheering.   Václav Havel riding a pedal scooter through the … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

William J. Astore: The Slow-Motion Collapse of the American Empire

Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail.  I’m tantalized by … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — Ticking Towards Midnight

. In this brief excerpt from a recent interview, the renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky answers the question: Where in history are we now? According to Chomsky, climate change and nuclear … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Enjoy the Comey Show, But Don’t Be Distracted From The Real Battle.

James Comey’s testimony is small potatoes. Progressives need to organize at the state and local levels. With the mainstream media focused on James Comey’s testimony in front of Congress, and the Trump … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Percy Bysshe Shelley: England in 1819

 . An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying King; Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow Through public scorn,—mud from a muddy spring; Rulers who neither see nor … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · 1 Comment