Taking notes 66: When the political is personal and the personal is political

by Sanjay Perera
The collective aspirations of its people go beyond the Who’s Who of Singapore and their supporters. The country also includes those who have no one in particular to speak for them. Continue reading Taking notes 66: When the political is personal and the personal is political

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Violence, ideology and the aims of society

by Patrick Wills
The common political reaction is to assert a dire necessity to instate prohibitive gun laws and the opposition to this view is a categorical rejection of infringing on the United States’ constitutional second amendment. Continue reading Violence, ideology and the aims of society

Beyond the politics of the Big Lie

by Henry A. Giroux “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. The American public is suffering from an education deficit.  By this I mean it exhibits a growing inability to think critically, question authority, be reflective, weigh evidence, discriminate between reasoned arguments and opinions, listen across differences, and engage the mutually informing relationship between private problems and broader public issues. This growing political and cultural illiteracy is not merely a problem of the individual, one that points to simple ignorance. It is a collective and social problem that goes … Continue reading Beyond the politics of the Big Lie

Capitalism and the problem of collective action

by Gavin Kitching The central argument of this article[1] is that humankind is now creating collective action[2] problems of such enormous complexity and scale that it is very difficult for individual people, on the basis of their ordinary everyday experience alone, to even grasp them as problems, let alone see how to solve them. Such problems include: chronic global economic instability, anthropogenic global warming and climate change, increasingly ineffective governments, traffic jams, and rising health care costs. All of these problems are ‘mass’ or ‘collective’ outcomes of individual actions, actions motivated by intentions quite different from those outcomes. In other … Continue reading Capitalism and the problem of collective action