War, Empire, and Racism in the Anthropocene

The biophysical-economics and military-logics of industrial hyperreality by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society September 11, 2019 The Anthropocene. A proposed new geological epoch which designates a shift to a planetary age dominated by human impacts across the geological processes of the Earth. Geologists dispute the duration, precision, relevance and even accuracy of the concept. But … Continue reading War, Empire, and Racism in the Anthropocene

Private Property: Where Does It Come From?

One of the most interesting things about free market capitalism in general and libertarian thought specifically is it has no way of coherently justifying the initial acquisition of property.   by Matt Bruenig edited by O Society September 7, 2019 How does something that was once unowned become owned without nonconsensually destroying others’ liberty? It is impossible. … Continue reading Private Property: Where Does It Come From?

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

Under Your Scars

Ayn Rand’s philosophy is a central tenet of today’s Republican Party and the moral code of anti-morality proudly cited and followed by high-profile billionaires and the president of the United States. by Thom Hartmann edited by O Society August 17, 2019 There’s a direct link between a sociopathic killer in 1927 and the GOP’s willingness to embrace … Continue reading Under Your Scars

Mass Shootings in the White Noise of Anywhere USA

The U.S. is less of a nation than a collective, psychotic episode. by Phil Rockstroh   edited by O Society August 16, 2019 Within day-to-day life in the nation, a cultural aura exists that shifts, mingles and merges between a sense of nervous agitation and displaced rage, in combination with a sense of weightlessness. The … Continue reading Mass Shootings in the White Noise of Anywhere USA

Control the Message: Haters Gonna Hate, Consumers Gonna Consume

To get everyone up to speed on how we got here, the first four boxcars on this train of thought (or non-thought, as the case may be): Trump Controls the Message Because We Enable Him Who Really Controls the Message? Who Really Controls the Message: Bottlenecks & Amplifiers Who Really Controls the Message: Trumpets, Emotions, … Continue reading Control the Message: Haters Gonna Hate, Consumers Gonna Consume