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

21st Century Propaganda: A Guide to Interpret & confront the Dark Arts of Persuasion

by Gideon Lichfield edited by O Society October 10, 2019 “There are two kinds of propaganda,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited, a retrospective on his famous novel: "rational propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with the enlightened self-interest of those who make it and those to whom it is addressed…" … Continue reading 21st Century Propaganda: A Guide to Interpret & confront the Dark Arts of Persuasion

‘No, You’re Corrupt!’: the Method in Trump’s Playground Taunts

https://youtu.be/NkJx6t2EOAo Donald Trump's tactic of redirecting accusations of misconduct back at his accuser is childish, petty … and surprisingly effective by Tom McCarthyism edited by O Society October 5, 2019 Since he first emerged from the primordial muck of reality TV, Donald Trump  responds to attacks from political opponents with some version of a playground phrase. … Continue reading ‘No, You’re Corrupt!’: the Method in Trump’s Playground Taunts