Derek Elliott Bagley

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How to Live: Freedom Has No Structure, But It's Wasted Without Skill

1. How do we know how to live? What to aim for in life? Ways of life vary, but all need storied skills (and their life-structuring logic).<p>2. Each …

The 1 Reason Leaders Fail That Has Nothing to Do With 'Leadership'

After consulting for Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Spotify, and more, Chris Barz-Brown has an unconventional solution to the fundamental problem leaders face.<p>As a leadership coach, Chris Barz-Brown is an unconventional dude.<p>Even sitting next to Steve Wozniak in front of over 100,000 people at this …

Creativity

The right to vote should be restricted to those with knowledge

Who should hold power: the few or the many? Concentrating power in the hands of a few—in monarchy, dictatorship, or oligarchy—tends to result in power for personal benefit at the expense of others. Yet in spreading power among the many—as in a democracy—individual votes no longer matter, and so …

Political Science

27 books that can change your life forever

'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy<p><i>'This book gave me a real sense of my own mortality. I'm usually grateful for this, but not always! It also made me</i> …

Books
North Africa

The development of urban nightlife, 1940s hipsters, & the rise of dating

Cities in the early days of the United States were mostly quiet at night. People who left the comfort of their own homes at night could often be …

Black Culture

As American Education Collapses, Democracy’s Foundation Shakes

“They know nothing about art. They know nothing about history. They know nothing about philosophy.”<p><i>And we are here as on a darkling plainSwept with</i> …

Crack the Code on Work-Life Balance | Inc.com

<i>Tony Bridwell is a Partner for Partners In Leadership, a leading management consulting firm, where he works with leaders to create greater accountability across the workforce and facilitates enterprise-wide culture change. @BridwellTony</i><p>Over the years, work-life balance has become one of several …

Work-life Balance

31 Whole30 Breakfast Recipes You’ll Actually Want to Eat

Breakfast

Dorothea Tanning’s brazen, bizarre flower paintings

In June 1997, the 86-year-old Dorothea Tanning embarked upon what was to be her final series of 12 enormous flower paintings, which she made over the ensuing 12 months. Six of these fantastical, hybrid blooms which Tanning described as her “foray into imaginary botany” remained with the artist …

The 13 Best New Books To Read Now

With a new season freshly begun, it’s time to update your reading list. 2016 has been an exceptional year for literary achievement, from epic novels …

No grammar schools, lots of play: the secrets of Europe’s top education system

In Finland children don’t start school until they are seven, but what happens before that is even more important<p>It’s a warm September afternoon in the Kallio district of Helsinki. Out in the Franzenia daycare centre playground, groups of four- and five-year-olds roam contentedly. “Would you like an …

Education

The untold story of black and Latino gay club culture

Over the thumping bass pouring out of the speakers, as you wade past the occasional bouncing ass or the powder-beat mug of a drag queen, you’ll soon notice that to some, gay night clubs are more than a spot for a fun night out or even a safe space – this is church. Through the years, gay clubs have …

Angela Merkel damaged as German far-Right surges in Berlin elections

Angela Merkel suffered damaging losses at the hands of Germany's resurgent far-Right in regional elections in Berlin on Sunday evening.<p>The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won the highest share of the vote for the far-Right in Berlin since the Second World War, with around 14 …

Europe

The Nightmare Foods of a 1970 Cookbook

Who doesn't love creamed egg cassarole in a corned beef crust? Or how about seafood loaf complete with noodles and tuna? Ok, I'm kidding, these are …

Brides

Brexit deal threatened with veto by four countries unless Theresa May guarantees their citizens right to work in Britain

A group of four central European countries have threatened to veto Theresa May’s Brexit deal unless she guarantees their citizens the right to work in Britain.<p>In a dramatic warning on Saturday, the Prime Minister of Slovakia said his country - along with Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic - …

Vladimir Putin is trying to take down liberal democracy — and he might be winning

American politics is getting stranger with each passing day.<p>It says something about this election cycle that the story of Vladimir Putin apparently …

Political Science

The Expressive Meaning of Democracy (Plus: Why Are Philosophers so Enamored of Semiotic Arguments?)

In chapter 5 of <i>Against Democracy</i>, I attack “semiotic” or expressive arguments for democracy. These arguments try to prove that democracy is …

Political Science

David Cameron will go down in history as the man who lost Europe and split the UK

This is all Cameron's fault.<p>His historic gamble was promising in 2013 to hold an in/out EU referendum in order to appease the nationalist wing of the Conservative Party and, hopefully, snuff out the UKIP threat that was peeling votes from the Tories. His bet was that Britain would do the expected …

United Kingdom

5 Things to Know About the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture

In less than two weeks, the doors of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public, realizing a century-old …

Museums

President Obama is unexpectedly popular. Gallup says that probably won't help Hillary Clinton.

A new <i>Washington Post</i>/ABC News poll pegs President Obama's approval rating at an astonishing 58 percent, his highest marks since 2009, and that should …

Government

Studio Gang’s Plan To Revitalize Rust Belt Cities? Use What’s Already There

The architects say cities need thoughtful investment in existing buildings, not new ones.<p>In the years following 2008, the recession spurred a new movement in city planning, centered on revitalizing existing public spaces rather than building new ones. Called “tactical urbanism,” this approach …

American Cities
United States

Man Booker Prize 2016 winner Paul Beatty's The Sellout is an outrageous racial satire – review

When Barack Obama became President of the United States, many hoped the nation’s racial traumas might start to heal. Instead, his presidency has exposed disturbing bigotry and anger, notably in this election year. For African-American writers this paradox is a particular problem. How to write …

Bill Moyers: Economic Inequality Is a Threat to the Very Core of Our Democracy

The religion of inequality—of money and power—has failed us; its gods are false gods.<p><i>This piece first appeared at</i> TomDispatch.<p>Sixty-six years ago …

This 12-year-old boy stood up to 10,000 anti-LGBT marchers in Mexico

Sometimes a single photo really does speak 1,000 words—or at least an attempt to take on 10,000 people.<p>On Monday, a picture taken by Mexican …

The Ethics of Having Kids in a Climate Crisis

Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children.<p><i>NPR</i> …

World Health Organization