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Countries for winners; countries for losers

Countries for winners; countries for losers

We all, naturally, want to be winners. And so, consequently, a great many countries are designed to reward winners. These are the countries that pay a good deal of attention to optimising the conditions of life available to people who win. In such lands, if one is a winner and falls ill, the hospitals are […]

Slavoj Žižek: Political Correctness is a More Dangerous Form of Totalitarianism | BEST OF 2015

Slavoj Žižek: Political Correctness is a More Dangerous Form of Totalitarianism | BEST OF 2015

Of course I have nothing against the fact that your boss treats you in a nice way and so on. The problem is if this not only covers up the actual relationship of power, but makes it even more impenetrable. You know, if you have a boss who is up there, the old-fashioned boss shouting […]

The Accidental Fascism of You’ve Got Mail: What This 90’s Rom-Com Is Really About

The Accidental Fascism of You’ve Got Mail: What This 90’s Rom-Com Is Really About

You’ve got Mail starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. You may remember it as the RomCom with Dave Chappelle. Or perhaps you confused it with Sleepless in Seattle, also starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Or Joe Versus the Volcano, also starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. It’s definitely not the “I’ll have what she’s […]

PHILOSOPHY – Plato

PHILOSOPHY – Plato

Athens, 2400 years ago. It’s a compact place: only about a quarter of a million people live here. There are fine baths, theatres, temples, shopping arcades and gymnasiums It’s warm for more than half the year. This is also home to the world’s first true – and probably greatest – philosopher: Plato Born into a […]

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

One day, if human civilisation ever wipes itself out, aliens or one of our successors will cast an eye on our ruined planet, and ask themselves what ever happened to. Their answer might look a little like this. The root cause won’t be the specific catastrophe, conflict or devastation that eradicates us; the problem will […]