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Agora Episode 3: Faith and Skepticism

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Agora ep 3 with Sophie Watson & Niloo Daliri
Sophia Watson and Niloo Daliri discuss faith and scepticism in this third podcast of their series on Plebity.

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Agora Episode 3: Faith and Skepticism

Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy: Is this 1888 vision of a year 2000 Utopia still relevant?

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Forty years after the Communist Manifesto eviscerated capitalism and predicted its demise, a relatively unknown American writer shot to fame with a fascinating blueprint for its replacement. Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward 2000 – 1887 was a literary, cultural, and political sensation. First published in 1888, it was an international...

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Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy: Is this 1888 vision of a year 2000 Utopia still relevant?

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The Chappelle Crisis and the Disastrous Self-Censorship of Comedy

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David Chappelle on Netflix
If the Chappelle Crisis has shown us anything it is that trans activists wield the power of the oppressor as they do everything in their quest to be the exceptional community in a sea...

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The Chappelle Crisis and the Disastrous Self-Censorship of Comedy

On the Limitations of the ‘Lived Experience’

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On the Limitations of the ‘Lived Experience’
For the better part of a decade, I immersed myself in social justice causes. I made sure I kept myself up-to-date with the latest social justice jargon, even when it was...

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On the Limitations of the ‘Lived Experience’

Agora Episode 2: Bodily Autonomy

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Agora - ep 2 on bodily autonomy
In this episode, Sophie and Niloo tackle the concept of bodily autonomy, in particular as it relates to abortion and the covid vaccine.

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Agora Episode 2: Bodily Autonomy

On anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: A Response to Mark White’s Article in Plebity

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I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Mark White’s blog in Plebity arguing that anti-Zionism is not antisemitism. I take up some but not all of Mark’s arguments. But Mark’s analysis is off base both conceptually and factually in several places.

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On anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: A Response to Mark White’s Article in Plebity

No, Anti-Zionism does not Equal Antisemitism

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Juden Raus (Jews Out!) board game from the 1930s - Wiener Holocaust Library
When Jews discourage debate about Israel and Jewish identity, they prevent open conversation and legitimate criticism of Israel, which leaves the field open for real...

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No, Anti-Zionism does not Equal Antisemitism

‘Do Your Part’: On the Toxic Rise of Moral Grandstanding in the Pandemic

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‘Do Your Part’: On the Toxic Rise of Moral Grandstanding in the Pandemic
Moral grandstanding is an ever-present, seductive force. It may feel impossible to avoid for many of us, but it is necessary to do so if...

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‘Do Your Part’: On the Toxic Rise of Moral Grandstanding in the Pandemic

Agora Episode 1: Identity

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Agora Episode 1: Identity
In this first episode of the podcast series 'Agora' Sophie Watson and Niloo Daliri discuss 'identity'.

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Agora Episode 1: Identity

Why the Medical Community is Abandoning Science in the Age of Denial

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Gula (Gluttony) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Engraving, 225 x 295 mmWhile medical schools still use some modified version of the Hippocratic Oath, many medical schools, including Harvard, Yale, and the University of Texas are now allowing...

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Why the Medical Community is Abandoning Science in the Age of Denial

A Story of Fake Photojournalism: The Book of Veles, Real Euros for Fake News

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The city of Veles, Macedonia This fake news story begins in Veles, a small city of 40,000 people in Macedonia. Veles became widely known in the Trump election of 2016 as a production center for false...

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A Story of Fake Photojournalism: The Book of Veles, Real Euros for Fake News

Latest Free Speech Grants Go To Rachel Damiano and Katie Medart

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Rachel Damiano and Katie MedartThe latest Plebity Free Speech Fund recipients are two Oregon educators, Rachel Damiano and Katie Medart. Rachel, Assistant Principal, and Katie, 7th-grade science teacher, were fired from North Middle School in July...

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Latest Free Speech Grants Go To Rachel Damiano and Katie Medart

Book Banning: the Secrets of Dissident Soviet Writers

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Yasha Klots - CrossroadsIn this episode, Sasha is joined by Hunter College Professor Yasha Klots for a discussion on Soviet contraband literature, censorship, and what we can learn about our current climate from the history of book...

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Book Banning: the Secrets of Dissident Soviet Writers

The Underground Episode 8: Why Do Mainstream Journalists Hate Free Speech

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The Underground Episode 8: Why Do Mainstream Journalists Hate Free SpeechIn this episode Sasha, Nesim and Rozali look at a Tech Crunch article about Substack's recent acquisition of the platform Letter, and the critiques of Substack for...

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The Underground Episode 8: Why Do Mainstream Journalists Hate Free Speech