Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

July 21, 2017 / 0 comments

“The annual January gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos is usually a placid affair: a place for well-heeled participants to exchange notes on global business opportunities, or powder conditions on the local ski slopes, while cradling champagne and canapes. This January, the ultra-rich and the sparkling wine returned, but by all reports the mood was…

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Net Neutrality Explained

July 21, 2017 / 0 comments

“This is a short video explaining in simple terms what Net Neutrality is and the consequences of abolishing it with the dishonestly named Restoring Internet Freedom Act. You are encouraged to share this non-profit video with anyone and if you wish to use it in your videos or streams, it is licensed under Creative Commons…

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Jordan Peterson: FIghting Postmodernism

June 19, 2017 / 0 comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPojltjv4M0 “Jordan B Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. This is a public speech from 2017. Full video quoted under fair use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30U1A… You can support Dr. Peterson at his Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/jordanbpeterson This channel aims at extracting central points of presentations into…

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Huxley’s letter to Orwell

May 11, 2017 / 0 comments

“In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a…

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George Orwell: Pacifism and the War

May 11, 2017 / 0 comments

About a year ago I and a number of others were engaged in broadcasting literary programmes to India, and among other things we broadcast a good deal of verse by contemporary and near-contemporary English writers — for example, Eliot, Herbert Read, Auden, Spender, Dylan Thomas, Henry Treece, Alex Comfort, Robert Bridges, Edmund Blunden, D. H….

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SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK – WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A REVOLUTIONARY TODAY?

March 6, 2016 / 0 comments

Slavoj Žižek (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈslavoj ˈʒiʒɛk] ( listen); born 21 March 1949) is aSlovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and a Marxist scholar. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University,[1] and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the…

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TARIQ ALI ON THE EXTREME CENTRE

March 6, 2016 / 0 comments

Tariq Ali gives a lecture at SOAS University (London) on the centrist tendencies of political parties in Europe and the United Kingdom.

GEORGE ORWELL’S BIRTHDAY

February 26, 2016 / 0 comments

On tuesday the 25th of June, to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats! George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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SMARTPHONE’S AS EXTENSIONS OF OURSELVES

February 21, 2016 / 0 comments

Apple’s recent refusal to abide by a court order to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone has brought to the public’s attention an argument over cybersecurity and encryption that has been raging throughout the tech world for years. On the surface, that argument has a particular and recognizable ethical character. But further down, it is…

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