Western Philosophy

The crisis ahead: The U.S. is no country for older men and women - Salon.com

The news is not good for millions of aging Baby Boomers and Gen Xers in the United States who are moving closer to retirement age. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s annual report on retirement preparedness for 2017, only 18 percent of U.S.-based workers feel “very confident” …

U.S. Politics

The book that made me a feminist

In the week that feminism was declared word of the year by a dictionary, writers including Margaret Atwood, Mary Beard, Naomi Klein, Kamila Shamsie, Jeanette Winterson and others champion the books that first empowered them<p><b>Margaret Atwood</b><p><i>Grimms’ Fairy Tales</i> and all the Andrew Lang collections: …

Books

How America's First Black Ambassador Became a Popular Hero

Ebenezer Bassett was the first American diplomat to offer a dissident asylum— and in doing so, became the first to defy his bosses at the Department …

Frederick Douglass

The Esoteric Benedict Option

Sorry that I’ve been away from the keys all morning; I’ll tell you about that shortly. I see that there’s been some talk on Twitter about Paul …

British Philosophy

‘Nonhabitable’ should be a housing option

“As if it were injustice to sell dearer than we buy; or to give more to a man than he merits. The value of all things contracted for, is measured by …

Cannabis Industry

Gregg Jarrett: Did the FBI and the Justice Department, plot to clear Hillary Clinton, bring down Trump?

There is strong circumstantial evidence that an insidious plot unprecedented in American history was hatched within the FBI and the Obama Justice Department to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.<p>And when this apparent effort to improperly influence …

Government

10 Great Songs Over 10 Minutes Long

Just because a song is long doesn't mean it's epic, but in this list, we take a look at some of the best guitar songs to ever eclipse the 10-minute …

Guitar

Feminists want women to be liberated from men, marriage and children -- no wonder they never use the word

Merriam-Webster has just announced its “word of the year” for 2017. Drum roll, please…it’s <i>feminism</i>!<p>The word peaked as an online search after various events occurred this past year, beginning with the Women’s March in January, then again when the film “Wonder Woman” was released, and now it has …

Gender

Road maps for the soul

A new collection shines a light on when Bob Dylan found Jesus — and why it still matters.<p>To understand the cultural moment that is preserved in the …

Maps

On Being Scared all the Time

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

James K. Polk

The Five Principles Of Leadership Improv

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The world belongs to the energetic.” While true, in our volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous world, it may be even more true that “the world belongs to the most agile.” Our ability to learn on the fly and deliver in first-time conditions has never been more …

Leadership

Why philosophy should be more prized

December 15, 2017<p>This holiday season, many of us will receive unexpected gifts. But Onora O’Neill, the British professor emeritus of philosophy at …

German Philosophy

'I am what I am': the (non) reinvention of George Brandis

When I ring Brisbane's Jellyfish restaurant to book this lunch, I let them know a photographer will be there to take some pictures of my guest. "Are …

George Brandis

Feminism Becomes a Partisan Divide

In the post-Weinstein era, the rift between Democrats’ and Republicans’ attitudes toward gender is only growing—regardless of gender identity.<p>Amidst the exhilaration of Roy Moore’s defeat, and the broader cultural revolution sparked by women’s willingness to expose the sexual misdeeds of powerful …

Women's News

Don't fall for the scam to destroy Medicare and Social Security

The Republican tax bill is moving closer and closer to passage. If the GOP manages to ram it through, make no mistake about what's next: a pell-mell …

U.S. Politics

John McCain described as increasingly frail, Senate sources say

Sources in the Senate tell CNN they have been worried about Sen. John McCain recently, following a week when the Arizona Republican was kept from the …

Meghan McCain

What is beautiful football? A definition that has been warped over time

It’s the last minute of the game. Desperate times. And so, with team-mates pouring forward, the centre-half decides to go route one: sticks it in the …

Soccer

Inside a 20th century nude commune

S. Dhananjayan likes hanging out naked, except in front of strangers.<p>He has no family, holds no property, does no work, makes no money, serves no …

Karl Marx

Should Pamela Geller be allowed to speak in Toronto?

“Hitler was inspired by Islam,” according to Pamela Geller. As if this “alternative fact” was not outrageous enough, the woman dubbed by hate …

British Philosophy

Kyrie Irving/Air Lobster shoes/possible alien spacecraft - it all fits

We knew it had to happen! <b>Kyrie Irving</b> got our attention with the <b>highly-controversial Flat Earth Theory</b>. Now he is introducing new <b>Air Lobster shoes</b> …

Stephen Hawking

William Gass obituary

US novelist and short story writer who saw himself as a ‘decayed modernist’<p>Though William Gass, who has died aged 93, published only three novels and five collections of shorter fiction, he was one of the leading postmodernist writers of the second half of the 20th century. Alongside John Barth, …

Literature

This Is When You Should Unfriend Someone on Facebook, According to Aristotle

The nature and ethics of “fake news” has become a subject of widespread concern. But, for many of us, the issue is much more personal: What are we to …

Liberal View

Why Criminalising Triple Talaq is Unnecessary Overkill

Can triple talaq, at best a civil wrong, come under the purview of criminal law?<p>Criminal law is the most direct expression of the relationship …

British Philosophy

Deceptive Deja Vu

In France, all right-thinking people know instinctively what the <i>pensée unique</i> is—the socially acceptable view on any subject that ensures a Parisian …

Conservative View

White Feminism and Eugenics: The Case of Gertrude Davenport

By Jenna Tonn<p>Serena Joy from <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> represents a special brand of conservative feminism, one whose traditionalist social policies …

Culture

Feeling Ritzy

Reputation-wise, <b>The Ritz-Carlton, Boston</b> probably has a lot of the same associations that travelers ascribe to the city itself. The Ritz brand brings …

Boston

George Washington: An Image and Its Influence

By: David Gordon <br>George Washington took office as president in 1789 with an asset of inestimable value. People viewed him as the hero of the American …

Conservative View

Everything is going according to Paul Ryan's plan

When Paul Ryan was in college, which he paid for in part with the Social Security survivor's benefits his family received after his father's death, …

John Boehner

Nothing to Lose But Our Chains

<i>What are the longer-term trends that gave rise to the presidency of Donald Trump? What will be the national and global impacts? And what do we need</i> …

Liberal View

Charles Dickens gave an epic reading of 'A Christmas Carol' in Boston | Boston.com

When Charles Dickens visited Boston at the height of his literary fame in the mid-1800s, his arrival was given the confidential treatment of a …

Literature