Somewhere along the way, the environmental movement became human-centric. We turned Nature into the Environment, Animals into Resources, and Land into Conservation Sites
The Revival – The False Promise of Recreating the Ice Age to Save the Planet
ARTICLEForty 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 hit and only the second U.S. novel to sell a...
Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy: Is this 1888 vision of a year 2000 Utopia still relevant?
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 of marginalized people.
The Chappelle Crisis and the Disastrous Self-Censorship of Comedy
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 confusing and contradictory (though I wouldn’t admit to it at the time)....
On the Limitations of the ‘Lived Experience’
ARTICLEI 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.
On anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: A Response to Mark White’s Article in Plebity
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 antisemites to use anti-Zionist language to promote and spread their actual antisemitism.
No, Anti-Zionism does not Equal Antisemitism
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 we want to coexist meaningfully with each other. Next time you feel...
‘Do Your Part’: On the Toxic Rise of Moral Grandstanding in the Pandemic
ARTICLEWhile 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 students to write their own oaths. At the University of Pittsburgh, the...
Why the Medical Community is Abandoning Science in the Age of Denial
ARTICLEThis 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 information websites. Presumably, there were hundreds of fake news websites developed by...
A Story of Fake Photojournalism: The Book of Veles, Real Euros for Fake News
FREE SPEECH FUNDThe 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 after they founded I Resolve, an organization promoting policies that counter...
Latest Free Speech Grants Go To Rachel Damiano and Katie Medart
ARTICLERevelations like those from Snowden and the Pegasus Project have this same unexpected and counterintuitive effect. Instead of rejecting the control, we increasingly learn to adapt and self censor. The panopticon effect lies exactly in this acceptance of the new normal. Afraid to...
Surveillance has been Normalized but so has Self-Censorship
ARTICLEAll around the world, digital tools are being used in various ways to monitor data and control access. Privacy experts have long warned that these digital tools are not easily reversible; they are often repackaged, and repurposed for other means. As always, their calls have been ignored.
Pegasus, Pandemics, and the Normalization of Surveillance
ARTICLEMonopoly used to be understood in a kind of one dimensional space, how a company may have gained dominance in its industry. However, today’s tech monopolies exist in multidimensions; they monopolize and control our data, they decide when and if to censor our speech, and they purchase government officials,...
Breaking up the Tech Giants is not Enough
ARTICLEWitch hunts in various forms are one of those recurring themes of human history. One variation, known as McCarthyism, has returned recently, at least in the lexicon. The word McCarthyism has been thrown around a lot lately. Like ‘fascist’ or ‘marxist,’ it is a part of the word...
McCarthyism, Political Courage and High Noon
Anti-Oppression Politics is a Red Herring to Divert Our Attention from Empire, Inequality, and Class Solidarity
ARTICLEWhy are the rich so much better at uniting around class issues than the plebes? Outrage is a sentiment that feels so pure and so right. When it is pointed at injustice and burns bright inside of us we are reaffirmed as the moral beings that we believe ourselves to be. That our strongly held sense of righteousness...