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John Stuart Mill

Duly Elected Tyranny: Recovering Democracy in the Age of Majority Abuses

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Marc Gopin

Majority tyrannies are injuring and endangering neighbors outside state borders and minorities within.

Teaching John Stuart Mill in Iran: A Conversation With Political Scientist Norman Finkelstein

Danny Postel | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Danny Postel

His students weren't the usual liberal-minded suspects--who represent a significant swath of Iran's educated classes, incidentally. He taught Mill to largely conservative-oriented students in an institution that cranks out apparatchiks for the Islamic Republic.

Depression, Happiness and the Challenges of Global Peace Work

Marc Gopin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marc Gopin

I had two revelations recently as I was reading Mill's revolutionary "Essay on Utilitarianism" (1863). An amazing prodigy, Mill was one of the greates...

John Stuart Mill and the Tea Party

Jay Mandle | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The Tea Party's destructive impact on United States politics represents that ultimate dysfunction that occurs when politics is financed by private wealthy donors.

The Lax Logic of Libertarians

Jag Bhalla | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Crucial questions are misframed by pitting J.S. Mill and free-market libertarian faith against Mayor Bloomberg, reason and experience.

Censorship on Campus in 2012: From Benghazi to Free Speech Zones at the University of Missouri

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.02.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

As I have discovered in my work, the idea that we must curtail that nasty First Amendment in the name of other (often shifting) values has a surprising amount of currency in academia -- the very institution that, perhaps, most relies on free speech in our society.

Polymathic Perversity

Francis Levy | Posted 02.18.2013 | Books
Francis Levy

In his classic Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytic Meaning of History, Norman O. Brown glommed upon Freud's concept of polymorphous perversity to describe the rich palette of human instinct.

British Bipartisanship: Four Top Tips for the U.S.

Richard V. Reeves | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Richard V. Reeves

The story now: Gridlock or bipartisanship? How can the political leaders of the two Americas cut a deal on the deficit and avoid the 'fiscal cliff?' The British experience of coalition government offers a few tips.

Review: Freedom of Religion and the Secular State by Russell Blackford

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 09.26.2012 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Religion, despite its eternal concerns, has never been shy about wanting to wield temporal power, and does so today in many nations in the East, and certain conservative factions of religion would be happy to do so in the West.

Philosopher Christopher Robichaud on Truth and Knowledge In the American Political Context

Matt Bieber | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Matt Bieber

On Obama's birth certificate, on climate, and in lots of other areas, I think we tend to see people speaking out of need or desire, not clear thought. Tribal, partisan interests dominate discourse much more than an honest pursuit of truth.

The American Spring

Ronald Ricker | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Ronald Ricker

Somewhere, sometime, accelerating rapidly recently, we Americans have lost it--the American Dream. We were the land of opportunity, the land of equa...

Smile. They Can't Commoditize Creativity.

Nick Jefferson | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business
Nick Jefferson

One of the marked characteristics of the 'readjustment' through which we are all living, both sides of The Pond, is that, for the first time, white collar jobs are under just as much pressure from this creeping commoditization.

Does Harvard Want Bold Thinkers or Good Little Boys and Girls?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.07.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Harvard has missed something that I fear much of our society has lost sight of: Even if by some weird and lucky coincidence we happened to be right about every belief we cherish, we nevertheless tend not to understand why we hold those values until they are challenged.

What It Means to Be 50 and a Woman in America in 2011: A Birthday Message to President Obama

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.03.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Once we hit 50, we understand life is not unlimited, so maybe now's the time to clarify our priorities. I can only assume that President Obama and his team have been thinking about and planning his legacy for quite some time. Is he on the right track?

Wendy Kaminer, "Hate Speech," and Campus Censorship

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Check out Wendy Kaminer's great column, "Debating Hate Speech," over at The Atlantic: Last week I engaged in an online Intelligence Squared debate abo...

'13 Bankers': Beware Of Banana Peels

Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Simon Johnson

What we need is a change in the conventional wisdom in Washington, away from the idea that what is good for Wall Street is good for America, and toward the idea that we should be skeptical of the megabanks.

Who Are We? Individuals, Citizens, Journalists or All Three?

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hisham Wyne

Let the first blogger who dies in prison be the last. In fact, expand that remit. Let the next person who dies in prison for exercising expression in any form be the very last. Ever.

Barney Frank Introduces Marijuana Legislation

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How many Democrats do we need to elect to Congress before such commonsense laws are passed to rein in some of the excesses of past eras?