How To Escape Gun Control Gridlock

A shift to proportional representation in the U.S. would open up new possibilities — not just on guns, but on climate, immigration and democracy itself. BY LEE DRUTMAN Lee Drutman is the author of “Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America.” He is a senior fellow at the think tank New America, a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, co-host of the podcast Politics in Question and the co-founder of Fix Our House, a campaign for proportional representation in America. After every mass shooting in the U.S., there’s a familiar cycle: Grief, outrage and frustration, followed by helplessness and the predictable sinking feeling … Continue reading How To Escape Gun Control Gridlock

WHAT IF RUSSIA USES NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN UKRAINE?

A look at the grim scenarios—and the U.S. playbook for each By Eric Schlosser The 12th main directorate of the Russian Ministry of Defense operates a dozen central storage facilities for nuclear weapons. Known as “Object S” sites and scattered across the Russian Federation, they contain thousands of nuclear warheads and hydrogen bombs with a wide variety of explosive yields. For the past three months, President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have been ominously threatening to use nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine. According to Pavel Podvig, the director of the Russian Nuclear Forces Project and a former research fellow at the Moscow Institute of … Continue reading WHAT IF RUSSIA USES NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN UKRAINE?

Democracy entails conflict

Democracy is a system of politics that has disagreement at its heart. But how do we stop conflicts becoming destructive? Rochelle DuFord is assistant professor in philosophy at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. They are the author of Solidarity in Conflict (2022). Acursory online search will provide you with nearly 100 million web pages concerning ‘the Left’s circular firing squad’. The idea of a circular firing squad is meant to evoke people so torn by their minor differences that they eliminate any possibility for solidarity or collective work. Rather than aiming our weapons at our enemies, we somehow get mixed up and begin … Continue reading Democracy entails conflict

Young Ukrainians are fighting for the future they’ve built

The battle doesn’t stop Resistance pulses through Kyiv’s interconnected subcultures. As a full-scale Russian invasion threatens everything, the movement is fighting back to prevent Putin from destroying the world they’ve worked for. Text by Alex King It’s a bone-chilling night in Kyiv, towards the end of October 2021. We’re huddled around an electric heater under a small marquee in the courtyard of an old Soviet beer factory, waiting for a Telegram chatbot to tell us if our Covid tests are negative and that we can go inside. “The first time I came here, I was amazed by how everybody looks, dresses and … Continue reading Young Ukrainians are fighting for the future they’ve built

What classic Russian literature can tell us about Putin’s war on Ukraine

Vladimir Putin adores Fyodor Dostoevsky. A close reading of the legendary author’s texts reveals the feeling might have been mutual.  KEY TAKEAWAYS For centuries, Russian writers have struggled to define the country’s national identity.   Some argued that Russia should Westernize; others believed Russia should form an anti-Western allegiance with other Slavic countries.   One of the most influential supporters of Pan-Slavism was Fyodor Dostoevsky, who may have actually been rather sympathetic toward Putin’s cause.  by Tim Brinkhof In order to understand Russian history and culture, you must first understand Russian literature. Russia’s greatest novels — War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, and Fathers and … Continue reading What classic Russian literature can tell us about Putin’s war on Ukraine

A Messiah Won’t Save Us

The messianic idea that permeates Western political thinking — that a person or technology will deliver us from the tribulations of the present — distracts us from the hard work that must be done to build a better world. BY JONATHAN BLAKE “When the Messianic idea appears as a living force in the world … it always occurs in the closest connection with apocalypticism,” Gershom Scholem observed in 1959. Scholem could state this with authority. The greatest modern scholar of messianism in Judaism, he was immersed in the study of ancient and medieval religious thought and of the messianic movements to which it … Continue reading A Messiah Won’t Save Us

The Antarctic paradox

The most protected place on Earth has become one of the most threatened – and threatening. Can its problems be solved? Alejandra Mancilla is professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo in Norway. Her main research interests are in political and environmental philosophy, and ethics. Her latest book is The Right of Necessity: Moral Cosmopolitanism and Global Poverty (2016). Peder Roberts is associate professor of modern history at the University of Stavanger in Norway and a researcher in the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He is the author of The European … Continue reading The Antarctic paradox

On Guns and Anger

Just like how a lotus flower rises from muddy water to bloom beautifully, we also have the ability to transform the suffering we experience into something more. By Rev. Blayne Higa Iam heartbroken over the recent mass shootings that have claimed so many innocent lives. I’m exhausted by empty platitudes of “thoughts and prayers” which have done nothing to change our behavior or public policy in the face of this carnage. I’m frustrated that we care more about banning books, saying gay, trans kids playing sports, or women’s health choices than the safety of our children in schools, people in church, … Continue reading On Guns and Anger

Bad therapy

Some psychotherapeutic approaches are not only ineffective, they’re actively harmful. We’re now starting to identify them Yevgeny Botanov is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University York. Alexander Williams is programme director of psychology and director of the Psychological Clinic, both at the University of Kansas, Edwards Campus. John Sakaluk is an assistant professor in psychology at Western University, Ontario, Canada. In 2000, Jeane Newmaker took her adopted 10-year-old daughter Candace to an ‘attachment therapy’ retreat designed to increase their emotional bond. While there, Candace underwent an intervention that’s supposed to replicate the birthing process. Therapists … Continue reading Bad therapy

Philosopher of the apocalypse

From the ashes of the Second World War, Günther Anders forecast a new catastrophe: technology would overwhelm its creators Audrey Borowski is postdoctoral fellow at the MCMP at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, as well as a research associate at the University of Oxford where she completed her DPhil. Her interests range widely from the early modern period to the 21st century, from Leibniz to catastrophe and the philosophy of artificial intelligence. As the commander of the weather plane that supported the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, Claude Eatherly did not feel any particular animosity … Continue reading Philosopher of the apocalypse