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Read -- 2017/03/12

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The battle for Mosul moves west“, by Alan Taylor (The Atlantic). Thirty-three sobering photographs from the war in Iraq. Such reports are easy to gloss over when they are nameless accounts of unknown persons thousands of miles away.
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The University President’s Dilemma


This guest post is by Steve Mumme of the Colorado Conference. 

Knowledgeable observers of the higher education landscape will have noticed the dilemma that university presidents now suffer in the face of the Trump administration’s recent executive orders banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. 970 more words

Academic Freedom

Marcuse: Technical Progress Within The Framework Of Domination

“In the medium of technology, culture, politics, and the economy merge into an omnipresent system which swallows up or repulses all alternatives. The productivity and growth potential of this system stabilize the society and contain technical progress within the framework of domination. 18 more words

Review: Reason and Revolution

by Herbert Marcuse

Marcuse outlines Hegel’s thought and suggests how it informed the later rise of social theory and critical theory. The book is a fine exposition of Hegel and Marx. 394 more words

Book Review

Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man

“A comfortable, smooth, reasonable, democratic unfreedom prevails in advanced industrial civilization, a token of technical progress.” Freedoms which were important in developed earlier industrial society lose their rationale in the later stages: if a society can satisfy the needs and wants of individuals through their organization, there is no longer any need for freedom in thinking beyond the system. 989 more words

Professional Philosophy

Marcuse on “Non-Violence”

“Even in the advanced centers of civilization, violence actually prevails: it is practiced by the police, in the prisons and mental institutions, in the fight against racial minorities; it is carried, by the defenders of metropolitan freedom, into the backward countries. 240 more words


Repressive Tolerance: Truth and Falsehood

“Within the affluent democracy, […] All points of view can be heard […]. Moreover, in endlessly dragging debates over the media, the stupid opinion is treated with the same respect as the intelligent one, the misinformed may talk as long as the informed, and propaganda rides along with education, … 608 more words