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Politics and Religion: Trump and the Evangelicals

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Arnold Steinberg

After New Hampshire The Evangelical Seduction Interruptus Already in Iowa the evangelical movement toward Donald Trump was underway, for bet...

Iowa...South Carolina: Evangelicals and Trump

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

After New Hampshire The Evangelical Seduction Interruptus Already in Iowa the evangelical movement toward Donald Trump was underway, for better or...

The Political Pundit Who Makes the Most Sense Today Died In 1950: George Orwell

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

In essay after essay -- skip most of the fiction; he's no master -- Orwell writes clean, satisfying prose, what he liked to think of as "prose like a windowpane." These essays mattered then. If you can connect some dots, you'll see they matter now.

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat ...

The Dystopian Future Of The Universe, According To Twitter

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts

According to novelist Adam Johnson’s visions of the near future, we’ll soon spend most of our time socializing with robots that are fed d...

It's 1984 All Over Again

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.27.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

While most people equate the book with the ever-watching tele screens or the ominous presence of Big Brother, what I came to realize, reading the book, is that it is actually about history, or rather, the control of history. The narrative.

Why George Orwell Would Vote for Bernie Sanders, Not Hillary Clinton

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The legendary George Orwell would vote for Bernie Sanders, not Clinton or Trump, because Sanders doesn't use semantics as a weapon or shield. The Vermont Senator will win the Democratic nomination and presidency because Americans are tired of what Orwell refers to as defending the "indefensible."

What Is Strength?

Justin Frank | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Justin Frank

Some people are unwilling or unable to evolve. They overlay that archaic self with false layers that look like growth and change, but are not. Their inner two-year-old is not only alive, but remains dominant.

"WeHo Reads: Banned Books" Brings Together Literature, Art and Film

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

When the left and right agree on something, it's time to realize that books, art and ideas, even if we disagree with them, are vital to our growth as individuals and as a society.

The Campus Un-American Activities Committee

Francis Levy | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Triggering is the word that's used by today's thought police who are intent on protecting a series of rather fragile sensibilities, at the expense of free expression. What is fueling all this sensitivity?

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use. In totalitarian regimes--a.k.a. police states--where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Adapted Into Reality

Steven Petite | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Petite

Movie adaptations, for book lovers at least, simultaneously bring feelings of excitement and fear. Will the movie stay true to the book? Will it project off of the screen as it did when the words entered the mind?

Time to Kill the Term "Officer-Involved Shooting"

Craig Martin | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media
Craig Martin

This term serves to utterly obscure the role of the police officer, his or centrality to the incident, and indeed who is doing the shooting at all.

How Neuroscience Could Make Marketing Super Creepy

Fusion | Isha Aran | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

Ever felt exceedingly pleased with yourself after splurging on a luxury good? Blame marketers, who are becoming increasingly sophisticated a...

Castro, Obama and Orwell

Barry Lando | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

For the first time since 1956, an American President has held substantive discussions with a Cuban head of state. The world is now poised for Barack Obama's next Orwellian gambit: Removing Cuba from Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.

How "Legal to Discriminate" Became "Freedom and Liberty"

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

What reverberates in our skulls is the obvious disconnect between reality and this tired conservative storyline. A bully calling his victim a bully is hard to digest.

Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Seen as a whole, the current federal attitude towards marijuana can truly be described as "doublethink." There are so many contradictions in the government's attitude that they are indeed hard to accurately count.

60 and Going On Timeless: Happy Birthday Annie Lennox

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.01.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

I credit Annie Lennox as being the artist who first turned me onto the joys of pop music in the dawning of my teen years. So to celebrate Lennox's milestone 60th birthday (she's born on Christmas Day), I'm spotlighting one non-single from each of her 15-plus albums since 1981.

Five Future Predictions That Will Leave You Reeling

Ella Jameson | Posted 02.14.2015 | Weird News
Ella Jameson

While skeptics may put it down to chance or informed guesswork, believers insist that these predictions are proof of the higher brain power that many humans apparently possess.

The Relentless Vision of an Old Anarchist

Joel Sucher | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

Anarchism as a political and social movement had made its way to Spain in 1868 care of a middle-aged Italian revolutionary, Giuseppi Fannelli.

Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We would do well to tread cautiously in how much authority we give the government to criminalize free speech activities and chill what has become a vital free speech forum. If free speech is not vigilantly protected, democracy is more likely to drift toward fear, repression, and violence.

Remembering Vietnam, Ministry-of-Truth Style

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

It was our duty, they said. The government wouldn't lie to us. Serving our country would make men of us. We didn't know what war was, but we would find out. And we did. And few of us will ever forget what have commonly been called "the lessons of Vietnam."

Privacy Is Dead and We Might As Well Get Used to It

Don McNay | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Don McNay

No matter how hard I work to protect my privacy, my emails, my spending habits and the fact that I have seen several movies starring Scarlett Johansson, someone out there knows about it.

Pyrenees Journal I: Homage to Catalonia

Francis Levy | Posted 09.27.2014 | Travel
Francis Levy

In November the Catalan people who occupy that part of Spain that is closest to the Pyrenees (Cerdanya is the name of a part of the Eastern Pyrenees that is shared by France and Spain) vote in a referendum on the subject of independence.

Looking for Orange Shirts in Thailand

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

We can only hope. Thailand may be a historically-fractured, cobbled-together country, but that doesn't mean that it should pass up a golden opportunity -- an Orange opportunity -- to invent a better future for itself.