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Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church

He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism. With Father Gleb Yakunin’s death on Christmas, Russia has lost a …

“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>Recently Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, asked me to think about trauma in the context of America’s political system. As I sifted through my thoughts on this topic, I began to …

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 …

Philosophy

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

Younger Americans no longer want to own things. Instead, they crave access. They don’t know that liberty has always been tied to property.<p>One of the …

The western model is broken

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

They preach abstinence and shame the adult industry, but findings conclude that the more Christian and conservative you are, the more you’re into …

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

The Obama team had full confidence in Julia Pierson—until it didn’t. How the mounting scandals, from the White House intruder to the armed felon in …