For Aldous Huxley, there was hope in a pessimism that had exhausted itself; for George Orwell, optimism had to be tempered by a sense of educated hope.
For lawmakers, pundits and journalists, "normalization" is code for a retreat from moral and political responsibility—and it should be viewed as complicity.
The president-elect’s appointments “are indicative of forthcoming policy decisions that will increase the attack on democratic institutions and public goods,” says the scholar (pictured). The president-elect’s appointments “are indicative of forthcoming policy decisions that will increase the attack on democratic institutions and public goods,” says the scholar (pictured).
Debates over whether Donald Trump was a fascist or Hillary Clinton was a right-wing warmonger and tool of Wall Street were a tactical diversion. The real questions that should have been debated during the election include: What measures could have been taken to prevent the United States from sliding further into a distinctive form of authoritarianism?
The president-elect's appointment of incompetent and mean-spirited billionaires and generals to top cabinet positions signals a deepening embrace of anti-intellectualism, crony capitalism and disdain for the institutions that give legitimacy to the social contract and the welfare state.
Too often during this election season, a discourse of "bad manners" has paraded as insight while working to conceal the effects of power, politics, racial injustice and other forms of oppression.
Hillary Clinton's alleged regard for children falls apart in light of her hawkish policies on global regime change, drone attacks and cyber-warfare, and her unqualified support for the warfare state.
The U.S. views children not as social investments but as suspects as the country models its schools after prisons and subjects its young to a criminal legal system marked by severe class and racial inequities.
What happens when the spheres of morality and spirituality give way to a savage market rationality?