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.
Is it wrong to abort a pregnancy? Always? Sometimes? Never? How do we decide? We wrote this article to understand better what the contending views are and to see if we ourselves could find a position that would satisfy us both.
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.
The famed philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek describes political correctness as a tacit form of totalitarianism, an act of coercion built upon the premise that "I know better than you what you really want."
"Land of Hope and Glory" is a documentary by 'Earthling' Ed Winters, exposing the myth that the UK is an exception to the rule of cruelty in animal agriculture.
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.
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.
The Root of All Evil?, poi intitolato The God Delusion, è un documentario televisivo scritto e presentato da Richard Dawkins nel quale sostiene che l'umanità starebbe meglio senza religione o credo in Dio.
The nineteenth-century human tragedy of Edgardo Mortara sheds a pitiless light on present-day religious attitudes to children.
In this two-part Channel 4 series, Professor Richard Dawkins challenges what he describes as 'a process of non-thinking called faith'. He describes his astonishment that, at the start of the 21st century, religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth.
Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and British actor and activist Stephen Fry take on American blogger Michelle Goldberg and American political commentator and academic Michael Eric Dyson in a fiery debate on political correctness in modern society. This is the transcript of Stephen Fry's speech.
Seth Andrews gave this speech June 3, 2017 in Toronto at the Imagine 7 conference. It's a humorous (and perhaps therapeutic) romp through Seth's religious past...and the often bizarre words and attitudes that reflected his Christian faith.
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
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, [...]
What makes the female so much deadlier than the male? With assists from Fran Lebowitz, Nora Ephron, and a recent Stanford-medical-school study, Christopher Hitchens investigates the reasons for the humor gap
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?
As a young man of 26 years, Sinclair spent seven weeks observing the daily lives of individuals who worked in the meat packing industry in Chicago’s Packingtown. Being from the South, an area torn by the Civil War, he hated poverty and its effects on humans.
Diffusion of ideas, a pattern of behavior, or an exchange of material objects is always a two-way street between societies. Americans often think it is a oneway process...
The American city of Seattle and the Canadian city of Vancouver have similar populations, economies, and crime rates, except for the rates of murder and assault by handguns.