Category Archives: Cultural criticism

Futures

  Futures Roger S. Gottlieb gottlieb@wpi.edu I have seen the future brother: it is murder. Leonard Cohen All this is true, it just hasn’t happened yet. Edward Abbey I Adam I haven’t been outside for 2 days, and I’m getting … Continue reading

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What difference does it make if torture works?…and a few other questions…

 What difference does it make if torture works? Is that all we need to know about it? Is it possible that we shouldn’t torture people even if it does work? By analogy: We could probably eliminate a good deal … Continue reading

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Bru Ha Ha: Cornel West, Obama, feminism, Wall Street, etc.

  As you may have noticed, African-American superstar academic Cornel West has been in some public hot water for a recent web interview in which he made some, well, not very nice comments about president Obama. West, who writes on … Continue reading

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There’s nothing like a little moral superiority to start your day

Forget Ben and Jerry’s ice cream or Godiva chocolate, there’s no sinful pleasure like that delightful sense that “we” are so much “better” (more developed, more moral, more spiritually advanced) than “them.” At least two recent items in the news … Continue reading

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NPR, Tea parties, and getting real: Appreciating the Good and Finding the Truth

NPR, Tea parties, and getting real: Appreciating the Good and Finding the Truth   Dear reader—as you look this over keep in mind that politically I’m so far to the left I fall off the planet every once in a while. … Continue reading

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Just what is the Superbowl?

                                                    Just what is the Superbowl? For a spiritually oriented, environmentally committed, progressive type like me criticizing the Superbowl is about as difficult as shooting fish in a barrel. The deep connections between consumerism, male bonding via male violence, patriotism, … Continue reading

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