John Oliver talks about the Christchurch mosque shootings, Brexit, and the power of public shaming, good and bad. With an interview with Monica Lewinsky.
Bill Maher calls for an end to the shaming and canceling of people whose heart is in the right place on race issues, but don’t get it exactly right on the first try.
Two essays by Susan Sontag are devoted to an analysis of myths surrounding paradigmatic diseases of modern times and metaphors that turn physical illnesses into a moral matter and lead to public shaming of their victims.
The Ladakhis’ attitude to life—and death—seems to be based on an intuitive understanding of impermanence and a consequent lack of attachment. Rather than clinging to an idea of how things should be, they seem blessed with an ability to actively welcome things as they are.
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.
True, vegetarianism has been growing for many years, but did anyone foresee its most extreme variant rapidly ‘crossing the chasm’ to go from an oddball niche to a standard lifestyle choice?
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.
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.
Sono tre anni che faccio in modo di non essere in Italia per Natale. Lo faccio di proposito, con accanimento, disperato all'idea di non riuscirci; accettando magari di oberarmi di lavoro, di rinunciare a qualsiasi forma di vacanza, di interruzione, di sollievo.
Avendo fatto in questi giorni (a Zafferana, in Sicilia, c'era un'atmosfera da linciaggio) esperienza della folla, mi è stato naturale rispondere subito a una lettera, firmata da Massimo Baldini, che mi pone delle domande, appunto, sulla folla (argomento della sua tesi di laurea).
Who is in favour of abortion? No one evidently. One would have to be mad to be in favour of abortion. The problem is not to be for or against abortion but for or against its legalization.