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.