Religion | Politics

Evergreen College, Free Speech, and the Meaning of Social Justice

“Identity politics” rises on all sides. Identity politics are commonly attributed to the political left, where they are a response to the original, historical identity politics – male, and, in the modern era, significantly white and Eurocentric. Reactionaries on the right deny this original phenomenon. They call it reality. Nothing to see here. Look right […]

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Culture | Media

What We Forgot To Remember, Part 3: The Slow Crush

We can focus better on tasks that are urgent or pressing than those that seem distant and far away. Even the laziest of students seem somehow able to drag themselves to the library to cram study in a week before an exam. This is because temporality has a strong influence on our evaluation of importance; […]

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Culture | Media

Taking out a Patent on Culture

Calls to destroy a painting by a white artist, Dana Schutz, of a black victim of a lynch mob hanging in the Whitney Museum illustrates that for many, even artistic freedom has become a negotiable commodity in the crusade against cultural appropriation. Culture has become a fiercely contested resource. Accusations of cultural appropriation regularly feature […]

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Science | Tech

The Fate of Conversation in an Age of Mechanical Chatter

Conversation, of the natural, face-to-face variety evolved by our ancestors, is said to be an endangered species. The growth of texting, especially among the young, has already lowered the frequency of our natural conversations, with the negative impacts on personal health and social bonding discussed in books like The Village Effect and Reclaiming Conversation. Our […]

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Religion | Politics

Debate Ideas, Not People

There’s a particular rhetorical maneuver which is often used to discredit specific arguments which is especially popular on Twitter. It’s an approach which effectively shuts down dialogue on important but contentious subjects. Someone will make a very valid point and someone else will point that, elsewhere, the writer or speaker has made a questionable remark, […]

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Religion | Politics

The Cultural Relativism of the Christian Majority

A faith which still celebrates its lonely, martyred forebears two thousand years later is fertile soil for persecution complexes, and they have indeed developed. But a persecution complex is a little difficult to sustain legitimately among what has been, for centuries, a dominant majority in society. Christians in the United States are not under siege. They do keep […]

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