by Helen Buyniski edited by O Society September 10, 2019 The pathologization of emotion has been on the march for decades, especially in the US, where fully one sixth of the adult population takes an antidepressant or other psychiatric drug. But with depression “conquered” by medication - even as both diagnosis rates and suicides are at … Continue reading You’ll Never Be Lonely Again
The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour edited by O Society September 10, 2019 We are swimming in writing. Our lives have become, in the words of the author and academic Shoshana Zuboff, an “electronic text”. Social media platforms have created a machine for us to write to. The bait is that we are interacting with other … Continue reading The Machine Always Wins: What Drives Our Addiction to Social Media?
https://youtu.be/3SmAlxc7_88 by O Society August 19, 2019 Overheard at dinner: "Chinese metaphysical cosmology is correlative: Wuji (without pole) Hundun (chaos mixed up like egg drop soup) and Taiji with (two poles) such as the Earth spinning in its axis. North and South inverted." "Wall Street may shit the bed in the US. You can only … Continue reading Lunatics: We Want the Moon and Greenland
https://youtu.be/Qj1RS9vHcsw by Ted Rall edited by O Society August 7, 2019 I’m from Dayton so I’m thinking about this today: Why hasn’t Congress done anything to address our national epidemic of mass shootings, namely reviving the assault weapons ban? People—Democrats and not a few Republicans—ask me that all the time. I bet all left-leaning pundits get that question. The … Continue reading Here is Exactly Why Congress Won’t Act on Gun Violence, Climate Crisis, Impeaching Trump or Anything Else
by Umberto Eco edited by O Society July 29, 2019 So we come to my point: There was only one Nazism. We cannot label Franco's hyper-Catholic Falangism as Nazism, since Nazism is fundamentally pagan, polytheistic, and anti-Christian. But the fascist game can be played in many forms, and the name of the game does not change. The notion … Continue reading Eternal Fascism
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer edited by O Society July 21, 2019 Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in … Continue reading On Stupidity
The distinct burden of grief which comes with being a scientist in the Anthropocene by David Corn edited by O Society July 17, 2019 On election night 2016, Kim Cobb, a professor at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, was on Christmas Island, the world’s largest ring-shaped coral reef atoll, about … Continue reading It’s the End of the World as They Know It