If we really listen (to #MeToo)

Soul searching after the Aziz Ansari exposé I posted online a link to an article by an anonymous author titled 'I thought I was one of the good guys. Then I read the Aziz Ansari story' because I felt it laid bare what was really at stake. To this a friend responded with the following… Continue reading If we really listen (to #MeToo)

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MLK and 3 Paradoxes of Social Progress

Martin Luther King Jr was arrested on April 12, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama while protesting against racial segregation. While in prison, he read a statement issued in a local newspaper by a set of white “moderate” clergymen denouncing him and his colleagues as 'extremists'. In reply (realizing all too well the gravity and pervasiveness of… Continue reading MLK and 3 Paradoxes of Social Progress

‘Irrationally Exuberant’ Safe Choices

The following extract is taken from a section titled 'Communication In An Age Of Catastrophe' within Jean-Pierre Dupuy's 2012 book Economy and the Future: A Crisis of Faith. Dupuy's work speaks from an edge that is rarely visible today: that between Science and Politics. His work remains ever concerned with industrial and technological catastrophes such… Continue reading ‘Irrationally Exuberant’ Safe Choices

Thinking Systemic Violence

The following extract reproduces in full the sub-section titled 'Violence: Subjective and Objective' from the first Chapter of Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Žižek's 2008 book 'Violence: Six Sideways Reflections'. Included as a reflective post script to the Žižek extract is a short text ('The Difficulty in Recognizing Violence') by the Playwright Bertolt Brecht, taken from writings… Continue reading Thinking Systemic Violence

“… for a living philosophy which [has] no final answers”

Two philosophers Slavoj Žižek, and Lewis R. Gordon write about one favourite thinker each who came to philosophy indirectly. For Žižek this is French Psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan; for Gordon, British American Philosopher of Science Peter Caws. What emerges from the unconventional juxtaposition of Gordon and Žižek's reflections on their favourite Philosophers' metaphilosophical attitudes is nothing… Continue reading “… for a living philosophy which [has] no final answers”

My Dearest Friend

Subject: A Sincere Apology + Towards An Immediate Definition of 'Radical Empathy' Today morning I opened my email to find that you were furious with me (with good reason). You had written: On Your Blog Post - ‘A Special Purpose’: The Foot soldiers of the Right Wing “People are cruel because they like to be.… Continue reading My Dearest Friend

Inverting #popunation – Deploying the Concept of ‘Real’ Population

We Indians love to say 'India is like that only'. #popunation is a common cynical response to many systemic problems India faces. In this short extract from a longer essay entitled 'The Ideology of Overpopulation', Economist Utsa Patnaik masterfully exposes how ridiculously misguided the use of this hashtag is, and in so doing, allows us… Continue reading Inverting #popunation – Deploying the Concept of ‘Real’ Population