Upton Sinclair: The Jungle – Essay by Ronald Gottesman

2020-01-11T23:59:20+00:00January 11th, 2020|Categories: LITERATURE, SOCIETY|Tags: , |

As Ronald Gottesman points out in this discerning introduction, Upton Sinclair was a passionate believer in the redemption of mankind through social reform. His expose of the interlocking corruption in American corporate and political life was a major literary event when it was published in 1906, and caused an almost immediate reform in pure-food legislation.

Hannah Arendt: Society and Culture

2019-10-24T22:09:12+01:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: CULTURE, SOCIETY|Tags: |

Hannah Arendt warns that mass culture increasingly utilizes the classics and other genuine works of art, transformed and made digestible, for entertainment. Since the appetites of the entertainment industries are insatiable, they will in time consume the classics, and thereby destroy culture.

Bertrand Russell: Il potere

2019-10-20T22:29:54+01:00October 20th, 2019|Categories: POLITICS, SOCIETY|Tags: |

L’opera di Bertrand Russell Il Potere - Una nuova analisi sociale vide la prima volta la luce in Inghilterra nell’ottobre del 1938. La scena politica internazionale era allora dominata dalla preoccupazione che, nei paesi democratici, destavano la dittatura di Hitler in Germania e quella di Mussolini in Italia; analoga apprensione si nutriva per gli sviluppi del regime staliniano nella Russia sovietica.

Slavoj Žižek: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012) – Traduzione italiana

2019-04-18T17:04:03+01:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: CINEMA, PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIETY|Tags: , |

L'ideologia è così radicata nella società che ha influenzato i nostri sogni. Se vogliamo cambiare la nostra realtà, dobbiamo prima cambiare i nostri sogni. Applicando la teoria psicoanalitica all'interpretazione cinematografica, Slavoj Zizek tenta di scoprire il significato nascosto di molti film hollywoodiani.

Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds: A Clockwork Orange

2020-01-02T16:01:13+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: LITERATURE, SOCIETY|Tags: , |

A Clockwork Orange is a futuristic warning against both mindless violence and the mechanical reconditioning that is often proposed as society’s solution to its ills. It offers a horrifying view of a future England in which gangs of hoodlums, or “droogs,” roam the streets freely, robbing, fighting, raping, and consuming illegal drugs and alcohol.

Richard Dawkins: The Enemies Of Reason (2007) – Full Transcript

2018-12-21T08:42:41+00:00December 16th, 2018|Categories: CULTURE, SOCIETY|Tags: , , |

The Enemies of Reason is a two-part television documentary, written and presented by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, in which he seeks to expose "those areas of belief that exist without scientific proof, yet manage to hold the nation under their spell", including mediumship, acupuncture and psychokinesis.


2018-10-10T16:13:30+01:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: LANGUAGE, PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIETY|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A compilation for the rejection of the culture of offense. Featuring Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry,  Penn Jillette, Louis C.K. and Jim Norton, Richard Dawkins, Peter Hitchens, Steve Hughes, Big Jay Oakerson, Ricky Gervais, Salman Rushdie

Pier Paolo Pasolini: Gennariello, trattatello pedagogico

2019-09-08T22:39:49+01:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: SOCIETY|Tags: |

Gennariello è un ipotetico ragazzo partenopeo a cui Pasolini si rivolge nella rubrica “La pedagogia” sul settimanale Il Mondo. In questi articoli Pasolini analizza i metodi di educazione del ragazzo: i compagni, i genitori, la scuola e la televisione. Lo scrittore riflette con orrore sul ruolo ormai decisivo della televisione, [...]

Debate: Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend (2006) – Full Transcript

2019-11-27T16:39:01+00:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: CULTURE, SOCIETY|Tags: , |

Heralding the First Amendment, proponents of free speech champion the right to expression unencumbered by government intervention. But is freedom of expression absolute and limitless? Should we be free to use words with the intention to harm? Should some words remain unspoken, or does this mind-set lead us to the path of censorship?