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Participatory Totalitarianism

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We are at home in the new surveillance state, for we barely register all the cameras, all the targeted advertising, all the intrusions into what had previously been considered sacred private space. We are not passive objects of observation. We are active subjects of our own YouTube channels.

#MejorDesnudosQue: Better Naked Than

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

What is shameful is these others, hiding behind their uniforms, trappings, the military ranks they awarded to themselves. They should be embarrassed to be hiding under the dishonorable garb of their fear.

Protecting Scholars of Art From Persecution

Allan E. Goodman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
Allan E. Goodman

Rescuing scholars of art guarantees that their voices will be heard and their artistic contributions preserved-- to be shared with future generations.

The Commission in Romania

John Feffer | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Romanian revolution in December 1989 was simultaneously the most violent of the transformations of 1989 and the most ambiguous. It was not a simple divide between regime and anti-regime protesters.

Catching Fire's Other Character

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Yzaguirre

Catching Fire is a film about state terror. While the genesis of the movie was a series of young adult novels, I think the film series has already taken on a separate life of its own with a depth that appeals to an older adult audience.

Frogs in Water About Our Freedoms

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Three converging trends put me on common ground with your average Tea Party member for the first time in my liberal-New-England-elite life: government action, technological advancement and American attitude.

The Politics of Memory

John Feffer | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
John Feffer

There are plenty of people in East-Central Europe who would prefer the idealized American or the West European approach to the history of the last 100 years. They'd like to face forward and move on.

The Trouble With Transnistria

Miles Atkinson & Fleur De Weerd | Posted 03.10.2013 | Travel
Miles Atkinson & Fleur De Weerd

An unrecognized breakaway Republic sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine, it has been called the most lawless place in Europe and is rumored to be a thriving transit zone for arms and human trafficking.

Salman Rushdie and the Right to Offend

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton rebels against the reduction of The Satanic Verses to an insult to Islam. I agree. But modern liberal democracies, freedom of thought and expression are impossible without the right to offend.

What to Tell Your Right-wing Friends When They Blame Obama for the Benghazi Attack

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

Obama had nothing to do with that at all; for much of it, he was in college, law school, or the Illinois Senate. Why turn it into something it's not?

Democracy Is Inevitable: Why Warren's Way Still Works

Rob Asghar | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
Rob Asghar

Hierarchies were the assumed order of organizational life, until people such as Warren Bennis made an unusual discovery more than a half-century ago: Democracy matters.

North Korea: Behind the Veil (VIDEO)

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Hear from two of the world's most prominent North Korean dissidents and one of the world's most prominent North Korea experts.

Austrian Medicine for the MMT Patient

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business
Robin Koerner

Austrians prefer limited government -- limited to enforcing contracts made voluntarily between free individuals. They don't want government to print and inflate money as that allows them covertly to reduce private wealth, transferring it to themselves.

The Meaning and the Rhetoric of Evil: Auschwitz and Bin Laden

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

Is there an alternative to ideological illusion and the rhetoric of evil? Yes, there is. We must remember our common human vulnerabilities and bring them into a collective conversation within which our existential anxiety can be held and better borne.

Gadhafi and the LSE: A Cautionary Tale

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ben S. Cohen

It was inevitable that the venerable London School of Economics would be rechristened the "Libyan School of Economics" the instant it embraced the financial largesse of the Gadhafi family.

Totalitarianism, Enlightenment Philosophy and Werewolves with Andrea Cremer

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

Cremer recently spoke with me about Nightshade, which debuted on The New York Times Bestseller list in October.

Young Man Defies Iranian Regime's Attempt to Kill His Mother - People of Goodwill Can Show Support

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

Sajjad Ghaderzah, 22, the son of Sakineh Ashtiani, an Iranian woman the regime has sentenced to death by stoning, has been "severely tortured" and rem...

Is Iceland a Totalitarian State?

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

I have always imagined that a totalitarian state would resemble Stalin's Soviet Union, but it has dawned on me lately that the most effective totalitarian regime would be one that no one (on the inside anyway) would recognize as such.

The Revolution Will Be Televised: Oscar-pick Burma VJ Airs on HBO

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James Rotondi

If the totalitarian nightmare portrayed in George Orwell's 1984 strikes you as an implausible portrait of state control and repression, a single viewi...

Get Gmail. Now. Or else.

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

During the course of the last year or so, I have detected a trend in corporate life that bears momentary scrutiny, then universal action by anybody wh...

Rep. Devin Nunes Warns That Health Care Reform Equals Totalitarian Communism

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

On the House floor Sunday, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes decried health care reform, warning darkly of the awakening of the "ghost of communist dictators," and urging the House to reject "totalitarianism."

Getting After the Devil: Obama and Civil Liberties

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

if Congress gives the Obama administration the green light to scale back the Miranda rule, it would be yet another dangerous expansion of government power at the expense of citizens' civil rights.

Conservative Is Not Opposite Liberal: That's Totalitarianism

Timothy Ferris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Timothy Ferris

When I tell people that there's a symbiotic relationship between science and liberalism, it turns out that what I usually need to define is not "symbiotic," but "science" and "liberalism."

The Corporatist Explanation for Obama's "Failed" Presidency

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Obama, more than Al Gore, George W. Bush, John McCain, or Hillary Clinton, has been the most fully realized CONSENSUS CORPORATIST CANDIDATE of the las...

"Radical Evil"

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert D. Stolorow

Richard Bernstein has written an important philosophical inquiry into the phenomenon of evil (Bernstein 2002), an inquiry that will be of great value to psychoanalysts.