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George Orwell

Shame On the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

All the justices had to do was right a 60-year wrong that made it illegal to exercise one's First Amendment rights on the Supreme Court plaza.

Writers and War

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Perhaps a further distinction should be made between literary works that impart meaning to war and those that face the fact that, of all human experiences, war is one of the most thoroughly senseless.

The Unraveling of Turkey's Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Only a few months after Turkey's President Erdogan raided the offices of the Koza Ipek Media Group, the Turkish police assaulted early this month the offices of Feza Publications, which owns two newspapers and two TV stations, without any warning.

Political Incorrectness

Shalva Gozland | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Shalva Gozland

Ask a politician a blunt question, and chances are you'll never quite get a real answer. Say the truth loud and clear, and you'll probably become a pariah of sorts- unless you're Trump, that is.

America, Stop Watching the Sideshow and Feel the Bern

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

Sanders is the only candidate who represents the section of society that has had enough of being lied to, that has had enough of being hoodwinked by successive administrations that have promised much but done nothing but make life harder for the common man and woman.

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 dialogue a...

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 05.23.2016 | 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 and incr...

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.