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The Magic of the Invisible Middle Finger

The Magic of the Invisible Middle Finger

HENRY GIROUX correctly sees that universities, at their best, prepare students for a citizen’s role that is informed, critical, and visionary. He views the goal of neoliberalism, by contrast, as cul...

European (Union) Nihilism

European (Union) Nihilism

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE AND MARTIN HEIDEGGER continue to be controversial political figures in European culture. But this should not hold us back from singling out the aspects of their thought that allow ...

Secular Stagnation, Then and Now

Secular Stagnation, Then and Now

THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, and the great recession it engendered, is pushing mainstream economists to the left. Hyman Minsky, during his life a marginal figure, is now quoted everywhere from the Wall Stree...

Shooting Magical Bullets at PTSD

Shooting Magical Bullets at PTSD

DAVID MORRIS served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps between 1994 and 1998, and thus by luck rather than choice he escaped combat. He describes his stint in the armed forces as routine ...

Between the Pen and the Protest

Between the Pen and the Protest

THERE IS NO CLEARER example of a state enmeshed with, and subject to the phenomena of, imprisonment as the United States of the 20th and 21st centuries. The US incarcerates, and subjects to supervisio...

Pathology of the Carceral State

Pathology of the Carceral State

2014 WAS THE YEAR of the carceral state. The police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner (followed by a refusal to indict the officers who shot them), alongside the brutality revealed at Riker’...

Holy Terrors

Holy Terrors

TO ANY AUDIENCE reading after September 11, 2001, it is not at all necessary to explain why it is important to parse the relationship between martyrdom and terrorism. If martyrs are always good, terr...

Channeling the Emotion of the Moment

Channeling the Emotion of the Moment

IN 2005, WHEN JULIA GILLARD was a Member of Parliament to watch, and not Australia’s first female prime minister, a photograph of her sitting at the kitchen table in her suburban home illustrated a ...

Aristocrats of “Merit”

Aristocrats of “Merit”

IN HIS BOOK Average Is Over, economist Tyler Cowen makes a striking prediction: “One day soon we will look back and see that we produced two nations, a fantastically successful nation, working in th...

The Art of Cultivating Friends

The Art of Cultivating Friends

THE MORASS that is the Arab world today does not exactly invite empathy: new terrorist groups sprout every year (spurring fresh attempts to aerially eradicate them); in many places there’s an open c...

White Christmas and Black December

White Christmas and Black December

THIS YEAR, thank God, there really is a War on Christmas — but it’s not the attack on Christianity long feared by the religious right. Instead, there’s a battle raging between the #BlackLivesMat...

Schumpeter and Me

Schumpeter and Me

ECONOMICS took a hit after the financial crisis, with good reason. For the last 50 years, much of what got published in economic journals was highly mathematized rationalizations of free market theolo...