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Necessity Is the Mother of Invention, and Has Been for Over 3,500 Years

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention, and Has Been for Over 3,500 Years

It is comforting to imagine that our modern sensibilities distinguish us from our ancient ancestors, but when it comes to human societies, it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. Our knowledge of the workings of the world has improved immensely, but our personal experience of

Lawrence M. Krauss
Lawrence M. Krauss
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Why Violence and Looting Have Exploded Across South Africa

Why Violence and Looting Have Exploded Across South Africa

The explosion of looting and destruction which has overtaken South Africa has left the government of President Cyril Ramaphosa shaken and dazed, its credibility and legitimacy undermined. Ramaphosa’s broadcasts to the nation, appealing for calm, full of cliches and generalities, have met with derision. Nobody doubts that South Africa

R W Johnson
R W Johnson
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Are Activists Protecting Asians from Hate—or Protecting Their Narrative of White Supremacy from Criticism?

Are Activists Protecting Asians from Hate—or Protecting Their Narrative of White Supremacy from Criticism?

Asia Society, the global NGO dedicated to “forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business,” recently shared a video in which activist Manjusha P. Kulkarni spoke about anti-Asian attacks in the United States. Kulkarni, whose own group self-describes as a “national coalition addressing anti-Asian

Hai Di Nguyen
Hai Di Nguyen
Activism
Making the Profane Sacred

Making the Profane Sacred

“By making a statute and by defining blasphemy, the church sought to prevent discussion—sought to prevent argument—sought to prevent a man giving his honest opinion. Certainly a tenet, a dogma, a doctrine, is safe when hedged about by a statute that prevents your speaking against it. In the

Lawrence M. Krauss
Lawrence M. Krauss
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How The Intercept Abandoned Its Truth-Seeking Mission—And Lost Its Best Journalist

How The Intercept Abandoned Its Truth-Seeking Mission—And Lost Its Best Journalist

Journalist Glenn Greenwald shocked his global readership on Thursday, when he abruptly announced his resignation from the Intercept, the six-year-old site that became famous after publishing documents released by Edward Snowden. The incident that sparked Greenwald’s departure was the Intercept’s refusal to publish in whole an article he’

Zaid Jilani
Zaid Jilani
Activism
As Newspapers Fade, Journalists Are Finding New Ways to Cover Local News

As Newspapers Fade, Journalists Are Finding New Ways to Cover Local News

Until January 2019, reporter Tim Swarens had devoted his entire 35-year career to journalism—the last 15 years spent as a reporter and editor at the Indianapolis Star. The end came as a shock. “I did not expect to end my career by being walked out the door by security,

Alexandra Hudson
Alexandra Hudson
journalism
The Real Ballot Question in South Africa: How to Keep the Country from Falling Apart

The Real Ballot Question in South Africa: How to Keep the Country from Falling Apart

South Africa’s sixth election since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1994 takes place on May 8. It has been 25 years since the country cast off the moral abomination of apartheid. But the noble and worthy dreams that took flight in the era of Nelson Mandela have been

R W Johnson
R W Johnson
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How Our Little Humanist Club Got Taken Over by Social Justice Dogmatists

How Our Little Humanist Club Got Taken Over by Social Justice Dogmatists

I love living in this Canada of 2019. Just as it’s okay for my 20-year-old grandson to live with his girlfriend without being married, it’s okay for me to live with mine. No big deal, you say? Of course not. But such arrangements were unthinkable when I was

Baz Edmeades
Baz Edmeades
Canada