Age of sincerity

Image edited by Web Investigator. Former British prime minister Tony Blair in 2017. Photo by Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg/Getty In politics, as in militant religion, the performance of sincerity is everything, no matter whether right or wrong Faisal Devji is a university reader in modern south Asian history at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where he is also the director of the Asian Studies Centre. His latest book is Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea (2013). A generation ago, the philosopher Judith Shklar at Harvard argued that hypocrisy is one of the ordinary vices. By mimicking virtue, Shklar pointed … Continue reading Age of sincerity

The 25 Rules of Disinformation

by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times  We are in the post-constitutional era in the United States, a time when the government does whatever it wants to whomever it wants, and there is not a thing anyone can do about it. How it is possible that the president can bomb a foreign country or threaten a full-scale international war without so much as even mentioning the need for Congress to chime in, let alone actually vote on a declaration of war? The short answer is, disinformation and propaganda, which is the domain of mainstream media. When people are confused, when truth is … Continue reading The 25 Rules of Disinformation

Forget About Terraforming Mars. Here’s Why.

The Red Planet lacks a source of carbon dioxide that could transform its thin, cold atmosphere into something resembling conditions on Earth. BY ELIZABETH HOWELL If you want to terraform a planet, you can do so virtually in a new video game called “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” The main character voyages to planets that are uninhabitable to life as we know it for various reasons, including sulfuric water, immense cold, or a thin atmosphere. It’s then your task as a player to fix up these planets, in part by using alien technology. Could we terraform a planet for real, though? For … Continue reading Forget About Terraforming Mars. Here’s Why.