Alex Busse

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Bernie Sanders’s Big Night

As Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern demonstrated in 1968 and 1972, respectively, the sweet spot in the Democratic electoral calendar for an insurgent liberal-leftist campaign is often right about now: those weeks in the deep midwinter of an election year when the nation’s eyes turn to Iowa and …

Middle-class

Hillary Feels the Bern

“You don’t consider yourself a capitalist?” Anderson Cooper, of CNN, asked Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, in October, at the first Democratic Presidential debate. Sanders gave a look suggesting that Cooper had just asked him to put on a black-silk top hat and play the Monopoly man. “Do I …

Middle-class

Marilynne Robinson talks religion, fear and the American spirit: “The left, at a basic level, lost courage, because they don’t know how to deal with the proclaimed religiosity of the other side”

<b>Marilynne Robinson (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)</b><p>Exclusive: The brilliant American writer and thinker on God, capitalism and our fearful democracy<p>Michael Schulson<p>January 3, 2016 3:30pm (UTC)<p>It makes sense that Barack Obama would describe Marilynne Robinson as one of his favorite novelists. Like a great …

Bernie Sanders

Creationism Whistleblower: ‘Academic Freedom’ Is Sneak Attack on Evolution

The ‘intelligent design’ push in public classrooms failed a decade ago, but since then Darwin’s haters have returned with a new strategy disguised as …

The Myth of American Exceptionalism and the Uniqueness of America

There is a recurring theme throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, particularly on the Republican side: "Be afraid -- be very afraid."<p>It is enough to conclude American greatness lies in our historical rearview mirror. It is somewhat counterintuitive if one also accepts the myth of "American …

Why critics are wrong about liberal arts degrees

For the last time: No, earning a degree in English, philosophy, art history, name-your-humanities-discipline <i>will not</i> condemn you to a lifetime of …

The Reality of the Philosophers vs. Welders Debate

A perennial question on the purpose of higher-education programs<p>There was plenty of levity on Twitter in the wake of Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s declaration that “we need more welders, less philosophers.”(This English major would have preferred he said “fewer” philosophers, by …

Higher Education

The best answer to the question 'Does Islam promote violence?'

<b>When Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris were attacked at the beginning of this year by al-Qaeda, the world mourned for the dead - but</b> …

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Conclusion: Promoting the Course

If you're the type of person who gives a quiet chuckle every time someone tells you that he or she has "the answers"; if you feel a sense of irreverence toward ideas which give themselves out as "truths"; if you're somewhat skeptical about "isms," "ologies," or beliefs that presume to tell you the …

High School

The Real Divide Between Sanders and Clinton

When the Democratic candidates for president come together for their second presidential debate this Saturday, the question may arise -- as it did in the first debate -- as to what Bernie Sanders means when he says he is a socialist. But the distinction between "socialism" and "capitalism" is …

11 insanely successful philosophy majors show that Marco Rubio was wrong

"We need more welders and less philosophers," Rubio said, making the argument that vocational skills like welding are more valuable than abstract skills like philosophy.<p>But as Fusion's Felix Salmon and others pointed out, philosophers actually tend to make <i>more</i> money than welders — think <i>billions —</i> …

Marco Rubio

'Green capitalism' is a myth

And yet there are clear signs that the much-touted "solutions" of emissions reduction targets and market mechanisms are insufficient for what is required.<p>In our new book, Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction, we look at reasons why this has come about. …

Framing

Coffee’s Next Generation of Roasters

After the success of once-scrappy roasters, such as California’s Blue Bottle and Portland’s Stumptown, a new generation of small shops is reshaping America’s coffee obsession<p>ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, a handful of small-time roasters set out to revolutionize their industry by approaching a cup of coffee …

Coffee

The jazz playlist: Melody Gardot, Nils Økland, Loose Tubes and more

The blond, purring Gardot goes brunette for wailing soul; Økland unfurls haunting folk music on his new album; and Loose Tubes release their first new material in 25 years

Every Country in Europe, Ranked by Two Somewhat-Ignorant Americans

Europe! America's distant relative that it likes to awkwardly visit on occasion! With its myriad misshapen countries, centuries-old feuds, and …

Is there a moral case for eating meat?

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Grist</i><i>.</i><p>Where are the philosophers arguing that eating meat is moral?<p>When I started researching this piece, I’d already read a lot of arguments against meat, but I hadn’t seen a serious philosophical defense of carnivores. So I started asking around. I asked academics, meat …

This tree house community in Costa Rica is the new frontier in sustainable living

<b>BY: ZOE MELNYK</b><p>With the world slowly coming to the realization that change is necessary in order to prevent an environmental crisis, the idea of …

Costa Rica

The 100 best novels: No 99 – Disgrace by JM Coetzee (1999)

In his Booker-winning masterpiece, Coetzee’s intensely human vision infuses a fictional world that both invites and confounds political interpretation<p><i>Disgrace</i> was a Booker prize winner in 1999, making JM Coetzee the first writer to win the trophy twice (first with <i>Life & Times of Michael K</i>). In …

Germany’s bizarre version of capitalism—where bosses and workers actually cooperate—is winning

Much of the beauty of capitalism is in its ability to be crafted to suit different cultures, times, and contexts.<p>For instance, in recent years, “capitalism with Chinese characteristics”—the uneasy partnership of state-run industry, repressed liberties and frenzied entrepreneurialism—has emerged as …

Economics

America's 20 best cities for beer drinkers

Today's drinkers become more educated by the day, and the breadth of choices available to them has never been so extensive. This is great for beer lovers (and beneficial on the supply side as well), as a high-quality product created by friendly, local brewers gets consumers to open their wallets a …

Beer

11 famous executives who majored in philosophy

<i>(Q: How many philosophers does it take to change a light-bulb?</i><p><i>A: Three: one to change the lightbulb, and to to debate whether they ought to, and if so, whether it follows that they can</i>. This one is from The Philosopher's Cocoon, but are more where that came from.)<p>But while it's easy to dismiss …

Peter Thiel

American Religion: Complicated, Not Dead

A new survey suggests that more people of all ages are choosing their own beliefs.<p>Every American has a religion story. There are those who were raised devout, only to lapse toward lazy Sundays and sporadic church attendance later in life; those who found a different God in adulthood, perhaps after …

Religion

Live Sessions: Watch 2 Special Performances by Gregory Alan Isakov

Because one excellent song deserves another.<p>It's not easy to put Gregory Alan Isakov's music into a specific category. Listen to one of his songs, and you'd say he's a rocker. Listen to another, you'd say folk. This is perhaps partly because Isakov has moved around quite a bit over the years, …

'TIME' Reveals Its "TIME 100" for 2015

In the run-up to the release of their annual “TIME 100” issue, TIME has officially revealed the<p>In the run-up to the release of their annual “TIME …

The Civil War’s Dirty Secret: It Was Always About Slavery

The war was never about states’ rights, unless it was the states’ right to permit slavery, and Charles Lamar was its firebreathing poster boy.<p>Seven …

How Sufjan Stevens Subverts the Stigma of Christian Music

The genre has had a bad reputation since the 1960s, but the singer-songwriter succeeds by focusing on aesthetics over evangelism.<p>In a 2003 episode of <i>South Park,</i> Eric Cartman sets out on a quest to make a platinum record, and decides the easiest route will be to start a Christian band. It’s pretty …

South Park

Farmland Without Farmers

As industrial agriculture replaces men with machines, the American landscape loses its stewards, and the culture they built.<p>The landscapes of our country are now virtually deserted. In the vast, relatively flat acreage of the Midwest now given over exclusively to the production of corn and …

Farming

Advice on Being a Man from 8 Friendly Neighborhood Barbers | The Art of Manliness

Day in and day out barbers shoot the breeze with the wide variety of men who walk into their shops. As these men settle in the barber’s chair and get …

Ernest Hemingway's Reading List | The Art of Manliness

<i>Welcome back to our series on the libraries of great men. The eminent men of history were often voracious readers and their own philosophy represents</i> …