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For You, Postmodern Sympathizer

This is a continuation of Lawrence Belluci’s reflections on postmodernism, which he first wrote about here. In this article he addresses a criticism that defenders of postmodernist and post-structuralist thought often employ.  *** As the interest in the debate surrounding postmodernism grows outside of academic confounds, more and more examples of postmodern “scholarship” are being […]

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‘Star Trek Discovery’ and The Slow Invasion of Streaming Services

Ten years ago, Netflix launched their online streaming service, effectively putting the nail in the coffin of Blockbuster and similar stores. Since then, streaming services have become almost ubiquitous. Nearly everyone has a subscription to Netflix, or Hulu, or both, among others. And rightfully so — both networks are teeming with great original content. Netflix […]

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A Plea for the Humanities

I’ve often heard people argue a moral case for the inclusion of gender theory, “critical race” theory and other forms of theory influenced by postmodern streams of thought on college syllabuses for the humanities. If you are skeptical about such theories, I am sometimes told, you must be sexist, racist or transphobic. Or perhaps you […]

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The Curious Case of Jordan Peterson

Few have reigned as steady and strong a champion of free speech as well as an opponent of political correctness as University of Toronto professor of psychology, Jordan Peterson. Over the years he has attracted a host of followers in his crusade against identity politics, postmodernism, and campus orthodoxy. Additionally he has been able to earn an impressively high honorarium through […]

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George Orwell Would Dislike You, Me, and Our Opinions

There is no historical figure — with the exception, perhaps, of Jesus Christ — whose legacy ideologues are keener to appropriate than that of Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. The author of Animal Farm and 1984 is claimed by propagandists of the left and right as an ideological predecessor. “Orwell’s legacy,” writes Lee Wengraf of the Socialist Worker, “Is our […]

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Thoughts on a Friend’s Suicide

In the very last days of 2016, one of my favorite people in the world took his own life. It hit me very hard. Not only because of how I loved him and miss him, but because I failed to notice how unhappy he was. And because of the striking similarities between our life situations […]

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In Defense of HBO’s Counterfactual ‘Confederate’

In late July, HBO announced its forthcoming alternate history series Confederate, a show that will take place in a world in which the South successfully seceded from the Union and the institution of slavery persisted. The backlash was immediate. Some decried it for being the brainchild of two white men, Game of Thrones creators David […]

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My Experience in a Postmodern PhD Program

About four years ago, I applied for a PhD program in a top university in a Brazilian city that will remain unnamed. Having spent all my life in the Brazilian educational system, I was very aware how prevalent the so called postmodernist writers were in my country’s colleges and universities. People like Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze and […]

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A Cartoon to Ease Your Existential Dread

— Some spoilers for Rick and Morty — I first realized how good we are at pushing away the insignificance of our existence while creating a PowerPoint at 2:30 a.m. in a second-floor office in New York City with my colleague. I paused and mentioned to her then: “Is this what you want to be doing?” hinting, vaguely, at […]

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