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O renascimento do nazismo na Europa – não é somente racismo

Um antigo fantasma está novamente assombrando a Europa — movimentos e partidos políticos neofascistas e neonazistas estão voltando à tona. Essa reportagem no The Guardian destaca um aumento nos ataques aos judeus na França, Alemanha e Holanda. Mais ao leste … Continue reading

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Philosophy and a century of war

“History is philosophy teaching by example” said Bolingbroke. Philosophy has a reputation for being abstract, which it is. Philosophy also has a reputation for being impractical or pointless, which it certainly is not. Here is my nine-minute explanation for why … Continue reading

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Modernity’s declining violence

“A common misconception often quoted by media, politicians, activists is that violence is on the rise and has historically been much lower. Similarly, the trend in post-colonial anthropology has been to regard historically indigenous and tribal societies as more peaceful … Continue reading

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Werner Sombart on heroes versus merchants

Those of us in the democratic-republican West often find it impossible to understand how the world could go to war so often in the 20th century. We were raised in a culture that had internalized Locke, Jefferson, Mill, and others … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Socialism [EP audiobook]

This is the fifth chapter of the audiobook version of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault. Chapter Five: The Crisis of Socialism [mp3] [YouTube] [74 minutes total] Marx and waiting for Godot [mp3] [YouTube] Three failed predictions … Continue reading

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The Climate of Collectivism [EP audiobook]

This is the fourth chapter of the audiobook version of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault. Chapter Four: The Climate of Collectivism [mp3] [YouTube] [102 minutes] From postmodern epistemology to postmodern politics [mp3] [YouTube] The argument of … Continue reading

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More on Marx and violent revolution

In an earlier post on Marx and Engels’s The Communist Manifesto, I offered two explanations for why the 1848 Marx held that communism could only come about by violent revolution. In response to that post, Tibor Machan pointed me to … Continue reading

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Marx’s philosophy and the *necessity* of violent politics

Last week in my Contemporary European Philosophy class we discussed Marx and Engels’s The Communist Manifesto. One question we raised toward the end was why Marx and Engels rejected achieving socialism by democratic and reformist methods. Why the insistence upon … Continue reading

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