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Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church

On Christmas Day, the world lost an extraordinary man of faith who once went to prison for his Christian beliefs under an atheist state and later …

“We are starting to break down”: Why so many Americans feel traumatized

From crippling income inequality to limitless government spying, modern American life has never felt so grim<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>November 23, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Recently Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, asked me to think about trauma in the …

The Nihilistical: Nietzsche's 10 Rules for Writers

Before “37 Totally Awesome Lemurs,” before “23 Things Every Who Grew Up in [insert terrible hometown] Knows” and before everyone became obsessed with …

What Can We Learn from Nietzsche’s Madman?

September 18, 2014 by Linda LaScola<p><i>Editor’s Note: Now for a more philosophical look at religion, from a religious scholar, turned non-believer.</i> …

Clash of the Titans: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power on Dutch TV, 1971

Today, we're revisiting the clash of two intellectual titans, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, the …

How Young People Are Destroying Liberty

One of the most painful and confusing paradoxes of life today concerns our sensation of scarcity amid plenty. The culture is flooded with talented …

The western model is broken | Pankaj Mishra

The west has lost the power to shape the world in its own image – as recent events, from Ukraine to Iraq, make all too clear. So why does it still preach the pernicious myth that every society must evolve along western lines?<p>“So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” …

Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side

Do conservatives watch more porn than their liberal counterparts? Perhaps.<p>A quick Google search for political sex scandals will lead you to pages of …

When Philosophy Becomes Therapy

Alain de Botton's self-help books for those who style themselves as intellectuals are making their way to the United States.<p>Philosophy has earned a reputation as a complicated, inaccessible, and irrelevant pursuit, consigned mostly to old white men in wood-paneled offices. It’s vaguely associated …

Why Secret Service Chief Julia Pierson Was Shown the Door

White House officials told the world they had confidence in Secret Service Director Julia Pierson—until suddenly she was out of a job on Wednesday.<p>It …

Details Emerge Of Security Breach During Obama's CDC Visit

On Tuesday, <em>The Washington Times</em> reported that a security contractor with a gun and prior assault convictions was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a trip to Atlanta.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Secret Service director Julia Pierson was on Capitol Hill today to answer …