Europeans often ask, and Americans do not always explain, how it happens that this great office, the greatest in the world, unless we except the Papacy, to which any man can rise by his own merits, is not more frequently filled by great and striking men?
Originally an article in Harper’s, “What’s Wrong with Animal Rights?” demonstrates how Hearne’s attempts to explain animals end up being at least as much attempts to understand people.
John Oliver discusses the human rights abuses the Uighur people are facing at the hands of the Chinese government, and why those atrocities are worth our undivided attention.
Oliver discusses Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and his career in business, outlining his campaign rhetoric, varying political positions and failed business ventures. He also says the Trump family name was changed at one point from the ancestral name “Drumpf”.
‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ explains how the pandemic bolsters affordable housing crisis
‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ addresses alarming Coronavirus spikes in prisons and jails, Urges depopulating facilities to avoid spread of COVID-19
John Oliver chose to forgo the usual Last Week Tonight format in favor of spending his entire episode Sunday night talking about the police brutality that led to the anti-racism protests that followed the May 25 killing in Minneapolis of an unarmed black man, George Floyd.
The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opponents than from his fervent supporters.
Bill Maher applauds the police officers who have finally begun to acknowledge that the problems in their ranks extend beyond just a “few bad apples.”
Zizek discusses and links together several topics, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, the ‘All Lives Matter’ response to it, identity politics, subjectivity and universalism, why white liberals are attracted to identity politics in general and the meaning of the ‘Plus’ in LGBT+.
Born some twenty years after Julien Benda, Randolph Bourne published his own attack on the betrayal of the intellectuals in the midst of World War I, a decade before Benda’s Betrayal appeared. He was a clerk avant la lettre, who played the part with splendid vehemence and political recklessness.
In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher has what he believes is a simple way for Democrats to win back the White House in 2020: presidential candidates have to stop acting weird.
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One of the best ways to control people in terms of attitudes is what the great political economist Thorstein Veblen called “fabricating consumers.” If you can fabricate wants… make obtaining things that are just about within your reach the essence of life, they’re going to be trapped into becoming consumers.
Graham Wallas touched the cause of the trouble when he pointed out that political science today discusses institutions and ignores the nature of the men who make and live under them.
A vital aspect of global warming is the interface between the predictions and the policy responses. We humans have a rich tradition on the confrontation of prophecy and politics. and some of the most instructive lessons trace back to classical Greece
Can Europe survive the new wave of populism? – Bernard Henri-Lévy with Douglas Murray (2017) – Full Transcript
Bernard-Henri Levy and Douglas Murray debate ‘populism’ in 2017
In this conversation with “CBS This Morning” co-host John Dickerson, Senator Bernie Sanders discusses taking another shot at the presidency and why he believes this campaign will succeed.
The more sacrifices we make for an imaginary story, the stronger the story becomes, because we desperately want to give meaning to these sacrifices and to the suffering we have caused.
On August 25, 2017, President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio for criminal contempt of court, a misdemeanor. Arpaio had been convicted of the crime two months earlier for disobeying a federal judge’s order to stop racial profiling in detaining “individuals suspected of being in the U.S. illegally”.
In January 1965, Playboy published Alex Haley’s interview with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., shortly after King received the Nobel Peace Prize.