Roots of Our Religious Fanatacism

A religious fanatic is someone who can't change their mind and won't change the subject. The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to “Make America great again,” this moment is … Continue reading Roots of Our Religious Fanatacism

White Supremacy and Capitalism: Separated at Birth?

by Cheikh Diop edited by O Society Jan 3, 2019 Introduction The term ‘white supremacy’ (WS) is being used a lot these days, finding a home in many discussions on social media and in activist circles. Definitions of WS largely fall into two categories, that it is a belief system or that it is an elitist, … Continue reading White Supremacy and Capitalism: Separated at Birth?

Pinker’s Pollyanna Philosophy and Its Perfidious Politics

by Jessica Riskin edited by O Society Dec 17, 2019 “Intellectuals hate reason,” “Progressives hate progress,” “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery.” No, wait, those last two are from a different book, but it’s easy to get mixed up. Steven Pinker begins his latest — a manifesto inspirationally entitled Enlightenment Now — with a contrast … Continue reading Pinker’s Pollyanna Philosophy and Its Perfidious Politics

The Origins of White Supremacy

by Chelli Stanley edited by O Society Dec 7, 2019 White supremacy is an incredibly insincere distraction that tries to erase the histories of White, Black, and Red peoples. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1sa2p7 “Many White people seem to have forgotten what happened to them.” Some say the white supremacy ideology comes from pride.  Some say it comes from a belief that … Continue reading The Origins of White Supremacy

American History for Truthdiggers: A Once, Always, and Future Empire

This is an American History series written by Danny Sjursen, a US Army major who taught history at West Point. It is the same history we all learned in high school, except the bullshit has been removed. Enlightening... The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of … Continue reading American History for Truthdiggers: A Once, Always, and Future Empire

On the Sinister Majesty of Black Sabbath

by Kory Grow edited by O Society September 13, 2019 When Black Sabbath first attempted to tour America in 1970, they had a Hell of a time. “We had to face the mayor of [every] town,” drummer Bill Ward once recalled. “We were banned all the time. They were afraid of us. They thought we … Continue reading On the Sinister Majesty of Black Sabbath

The Social Gospel

by Christopher Evans edited by O Society August 25, 2019 Throughout American history, religion plays a significant role in promoting social reform. From the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century to the civil rights movement of the 20th century, religious leaders champion progressive political causes. This legacy is evident today in the group called religious … Continue reading The Social Gospel