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Karl Marx

Taking the Snowpiercer Train to Gaza, Syria and Iraq in the Company of Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and Karl Marx

G. Roger Denson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
G. Roger Denson

Some veteran cineastes may be wondering what all the fuss about a branded sci-fi entertainment can be about.

Thomas Piketty's Model of Inequality and Growth in Historical Context (Pt. I)

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 07.18.2014 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

In Thomas Piketty's doomsday model, slowing of growth in the 21st century will cause an inexorable increase in inequality. Piketty is not the first to...

'We Negotiate with Terrorists Now': Social Media and Ideology

W. Scott Poole | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
W. Scott Poole

After a social media fast, I made a tentative return to Facebook. I returned mostly aware of what I would find. A complete archival record of every c...

The Recurring Myth About Nietzsche and Fascism

Brian Leiter | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Freedom of inquiry and thought must surely encompass the right of students to discuss and think about ideas, including illiberal ideas. The idea that a "Nietzsche Club," in particular, is not appropriate for a serious university (one with several Nietzsche scholars on its faculty, ironically enough) is astonishing.

Thomas Piketty and Fear of the "Full Francais"

Matthew DeBord | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Matthew DeBord

But it isn't entirely Piketty's arguments and analysis that have intimidated friend and foe alike. Instead, it's his uniquely French adherence to a deeply threatening sartorial affectation.

Piketty Never Actually Read Marx's 'Das Kapital'

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business

French economist Thomas Piketty is distancing himself from Karl Marx, the 19th century economist many compare him to. In an interview with The New Rep...

Ryan Grim

Thomas Piketty Explains Why It Took Until Now For An Economist To Expose The Flaw In Capitalism | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cold War self-censorship prevented mainstream economists from diagnosing adequately the fundamental flaw in capitalism, Thomas Piketty s...

My Favorite Atheist

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Modern atheists could learn a great deal from Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872), the German thinker who inspired the atheism of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche.

The Yankees and Tanaka: Socialism Works

Richard Brodsky | Posted 03.25.2014 | New York
Richard Brodsky

When Marx started to talk about public ownership of the means of production, he never guessed he was predicting how the Yankees would maneuver themselves a free stadium. And he never expected his most successful disciples to be two billionaires, George Steinbrenner and Mike Bloomberg.

The (Unselfish) Desire To Work Less

Matt Bieber | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

In some ways, my decade of professional nomadism has been about trying to find a job that will admit the highest percentage of me through the door. Teaching is about as close as I've come, and that's still only 40 or 50 percent. There's very little time for anything else, and if I had a girlfriend, there'd probably be none at all.

A Visit to Speakers' Corner

Lewis Krell | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Lewis Krell

Spending a day of precious travel time being told how horrible you and the rest of humanity are would not normally be a recommended way to allocate your finite vacation hours. But then again, Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park in London is not a normal place.

Theology Is Not About God: An Open Letter to Jerry A. Coyne

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

One day, New Atheists may convert the world to reason and usher in a thousand years of humanistic peace. When that happens, sure, let's get theology out of colleges and universities.

Kids, Make It New! Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013)

Norman MacAfee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

Patrice Chéreau, the French theater director, was barely 32 when he began remaking, rethinking, reimagining Richard Wagner's music drama, Der Ring d...

À la vie: From Lévy to Lévy, the Lives of Benny Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I say that he was one of the most impressive people that I have ever had the privilege of meeting, a man whose absence leaves a void that nothing can fill, or probably ever will.

Social Darwinism Redux

Francis Levy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Francis Levy

Jerry Z. Muller's essay "Capitalism and Inequality" (Foreign Affairs, March/April 2013) addresses a central issue our time: "the rise of economic ine...

Neither Progress Nor Perfection

Francis Levy | Posted 11.17.2013 | Books
Francis Levy

It's always refreshing to read a jeremiad against the notion of progress. Millenarian ideologies, fundamentalist religions, pseudo-therapies and pande...

Arthur Delaney

Why Isn't Every Monday Like Labor Day? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

For nearly two years, Tom Allen clocked into his job at a defense hardware plant in Lansing, Mich. in the afternoon to start a 12-hour shift, usually ...

Why Are There 500 Little Karl Marx Gnomes?

Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts

In honor of Marx's 195th birthday yesterday, artist Ottmar Hörl placed 500 statues of the bearded thinker throughout his hometown of Tier, Germany. T...

Holy Crap: The Sacred Call Of The Excluded

Peter Rollins | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

In Paul's definition of the trash-people as the divine collective, the crap and the holy are joined together in a type of parallax similar to what we find in the wave-particle duality discovered by physicists.

The Irony of Margaret Thatcher

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Nigel Hamilton

Margaret Thatcher didn't listen, because to have listened might have diminished her absolute conviction she was right, as well as her determination to change radically the way Britain did business, regardless of the social fall-out. But her inability to listen would be her undoing.

'An Open System of Closed Enclaves': Tolerance, Past and Present, in America

Richard Brodsky | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There's a growing national consensus that fighting to the death doesn't meet the needs of modern America. Only a president can instruct the nation on the need for a re-thinking of our political values.

Cruz Claims Hagel Inspired Marx

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Paul Abrams

Senator Ted Cruz launched a blistering attack on Defense Secretary nominee Hagel, asserting a direct link to Karl Marx:"History shows that Marx not only read Hagel, but took his inspiration from him," said the Princeton-educated, Harvard Law School graduate.

Home Movies Are Socialist

Michael Molina | Posted 04.17.2013 | Comedy
Michael Molina

Our dregs illustrate the most extreme counter-capitalist measures that The American Family has produced in pursuit of their socialist film empire. Witness the horror and band together with us as we blacklist The American Family from appearing in our homes!

David Mamet's Newsweek Eruption: Another Reason We Need Solid Reporting on Guns

Paul Raeburn | Posted 04.05.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

David Mamet's anger and passion is so intense that if he proclaimed this in a theater you'd be able to see the spittle settling like gentle rain on the patrons in the first few rows of the orchestra. Sadly, intensity is not all we have. It's accompanied by dreadful lack of reporting.

Catholic League: Obama Should Swear In On The 'Das Kapital'

Posted 01.11.2013 | Religion

Catholic League president Bill Donohue on Friday published a news release, in which he suggested that President Barack Obama should swear in on "Das K...