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24 and Zero Dark Thirty helped sell Americans on torture

A new Pew poll says Americans approve of CIA torture by 51%-29%, so bringing this out again:

Not just politicians, but also the media are responsible for selling Americans on torture. 306 more words

Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project, Progress, and Historical Materialism

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The Arcades Project, Progress, and Historical Materialism


Benjamin began working on the Arcades Project in 1927 and continued to do so until his death in 1940. 1,880 more words

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Nietzsche, Foucault, and Hermeneutics by way of "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense."

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Nietzsche, Foucault, and Hermeneutics by way of “On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense.”

Friedrich Nietzsche played a major role in the establishment of what we might call modern hermeneutics – that is, hermeneutics since the nineteenth century. 1,388 more words

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A poem for Chelsea Manning on her birthday

US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning turns 27 in prison today, serving 35 years for leaking proof of torture and other US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.  214 more words

"Critical Theory" and Confederate Heritage

by Al Benson Jr.

There are many who view, with continuing alarm, the blatant and relentless attacks on Confederate and Southern history, heritage and symbols. They can’t seem to fathom why this or that group seems to hate Confederate flags, symbols, and heritage so much. 596 more words

how might a buddhist interrogation of 'the secular' be articulated?

In posting about some of the ethical, political, and ideological challenges (and indeed, the possible neo-colonial effects) of the widespread adaptation of meditation practice or mindfulness training across various settings, I’ve come to realise that I am brushing up against a broader issue about the secularisation of Buddhist teachings. 743 more words


The Process of Domination II

Here is an updated version of my talk on critical theory, capitalism and the domination of nature and the Harper government, the properly polished version with footnotes etc. 5,310 more words