How To Avoid Swallowing War Propaganda

How to cut through bad arguments, distractions, and euphemisms to see murder for what it is. by Nathan Robinson edited by O Society Jan 6, 2020 The Trump administration assassinated Iran’s top military leader, Qassim Suleimani, and with the possibility of a serious escalation in violent conflict, it’s a good time to think about how … Continue reading How To Avoid Swallowing War Propaganda

The Real Reason Donald Trump Assassinated Qassem Soleimani

The observation groups unify in the face of common threats is long-standing. At the level of the nation-state, this is called the “rally-'round-the-flag” phenomenon. In the case of the United States, the rally phenomenon is measured as a surge of public approval for the president when the nation is involved in an international crisis. Two … Continue reading The Real Reason Donald Trump Assassinated Qassem Soleimani

Capitalism’s Suicidal Trajectory Cannot Be Ignored

by Jonathan Cook edited by O Society Dec 7, 2019 If we make it out of the climate emergency, we may come to view the few decades usually described simply as the Cold War that followed the Second World War as halcyon days – at least relative to what we are facing now. The Cold … Continue reading Capitalism’s Suicidal Trajectory Cannot Be Ignored

How Did the Pursuit of Happiness Become a Matter of Relentless Competitive Work?

by Cody Delistraty edited by O Society Nov 15, 2019 In 1920, the American psychologist John Watson published the results of one of the more ethically dubious scholarly articles of the past century. Along with Rosalie Rayner, a 21-year-old graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he taught, Watson aimed to instil a … Continue reading How Did the Pursuit of Happiness Become a Matter of Relentless Competitive Work?

What do you think about Donald Trump’s statement “the homelessness phenomenon phenomenon started two years ago?”

Of course Trump is wrong about homelessness. Here he just makes up a narrative as he goes along which suits his purpose. His purpose is always to make himself look better by making others look worse in a zero-sum game of social status. This is how, in his mind at least, he constantly grows and … Continue reading What do you think about Donald Trump’s statement “the homelessness phenomenon phenomenon started two years ago?”

Neoliberalism: Dare Not Speak Its Name

by Jennifer Matsui edited by O Society October 17, 2019 The question, “What is neoliberalism?” invites a response similar to the old canard about art: “I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I see it.” Unlike art, which seldom rears its head outside a rarified, specially-designated setting, neoliberalism is everywhere, which is … Continue reading Neoliberalism: Dare Not Speak Its Name