6 Political Theorists Introduced in Animated “School of Life” Videos: Marx, Smith, Rawls & More

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“It may come as a surprise to some academics,” writes leftist political theorist Michael Parenti in his sprawling textbook Democracy for the Few, “but there is a marked relationship between economic power and political power.

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Michael Moore’s 13 Rules for Making Documentaries — Really Powerful & Entertaining Documentaries

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You don’t rile up as many people as Michael Moore has without mastering the art of button pushing. Clint Eastwood threatened to kill him (allegedly). Christopher Hitchens, echoing the sentiments of many Iraq war supporters, called his work “dishonest and demagogic.

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Slavoj Žižek Calls Political Correctness a Form of “Modern Totalitarianism”

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Opinions on what we generally mean by the phrase “political correctness” vary widely.

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Günter Grass Takes On Facebook: “Someone Who Has 500 Friends, Has No Friends.”

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Incisive social critic, novelist, poet, sculptor, and inspiration to such trenchant fabulists as John Irving and Salman Rushdie, German writer Günter Grass passed away this week with a well-defined legacy as “his country’s moral conscience.

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Read An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments: A Fun Primer on How to Strengthen, Not Weaken, Your Arguments

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The science of argumentation can seem complicated, but in day-to-day terms, it quite often comes down to competing emotions.

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President Obama Chats with David Simon About Drugs, The Wire & Omar

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Back in 2012, President Obama, already on record as being a fan of The Wire, was asked by ESPN to name his favorite character on the show, to which he replied “It’s got to be Omar, right? I mean, that guy is unbelievable, right?” Fast forward to 2015, and we find Mr.

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Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

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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.

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Read Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher

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The recent “adjunct walk out day” has reminded people outside academia—at least those who paid any attention—of the decaying state of American higher education, a condition driven in part by a searing undercurrent of anti-intellectualism in U.S. political culture.

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George Orwell Creates a Who’s Who List of “Crypto” Communists for British Intelligence Forces (1949)

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Journalist and novelist Eric Blair, known for all of his professional life by the pen name George Orwell, staunchly identified himself as a democratic socialist.

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How “America’s First Drug Czar” Waged War Against Billie Holiday and Other Jazz Legends

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The U.S. government’s so-called “War on Drugs” predates Richard Nixon’s coinage of the term in 1971 by many decades, though it is under his administration that it assumed its current scope and character.

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