by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times Child sex-trafficking is an epidemic today, and while most people would find this crime to be right up there with homicide, the culture of permissiveness and lack of moral leadership tacitly condones the sexual abuse of children, while the media remains largely silent. The baffles the mind of any normal human being, and while it’s quite sickening to ponder, in pretty much every city and state in America, pimps are selling underage children for sex to some of the worst human beings alive. What’s even more disgusting is the fact that the majority of the … Continue reading AMERICA’S FOSTER CARE SYSTEM IS THE PIPELINE FOR CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING
Famille Métisse (1775) by Marius-Pierre le Masurier. Photo courtesy Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac/RMN An 18th-century creole slaveholder invented the idea of ‘racial prejudice’ to defend diversity among a slave-owning elite Blake Smith is a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. His research, focusing on the French East India Company, has appeared in scholarly journals such as French Cultural Studies and the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, as well as popular media such as The Wire and The Appendix. Edited by Sam Haselby In 1791, Julien Raimond published one of the first critiques of racial prejudice. Raimond was a free man … Continue reading On prejudice
“If he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive,” Zadie Smith wrote in her spectacular essay on optimism and despair. Seventy years earlier, just after the close of World War II, another genius of the times addressed this predicament and its attendant question of what reimagining progress looks like as we behold the future from the precarious platform of the present. In November of 1946, … Continue reading Neither Victims Nor Executioners: Albert Camus on the Antidote to Violence
An artist’s rendition of a South American ritual sacrificeHistorical Picture Archive / Corbis / Getty The debate over how well ritual killings maintained social order by LAURA SPINNEY In 1598, a European miner working in the Bolivian highlands stumbled across a 10-year-old Andean girl who was still alive, despite having been walled up inside a funerary tower three days earlier. Several decades had passed since the Inca Empire—the most sophisticated in the world at that time—had fallen, but its practices lived on among the Incas’ descendants in the region, including human sacrifice. The practice held on a little longer after this incident. … Continue reading Did Human Sacrifice Help People Form Complex Societies?
Illustration by Mimmo Paladino for a rare edition of Ulysses. When 167 literary titans banded together in solidarity with “that security of works of the intellect and the imagination without which art cannot live.” BY MARIA POPOVA “You may gather from my article what Ulysses has done to a supposedly balanced psychologist,” Carl Jung wrote in his blistering review of James Joyce’s Ulysses a decade after the publication of the trailblazing novel that had unbalanced literature and pioneered a new literary aesthetic of stream-of-consciousness narrative. Initially rejected in English-speaking countries, Ulysses had ignited the global literary imagination thanks to the visionary publisher Sylvia Beach (March 14, 1887–October 5, 1962), founder of … Continue reading Sylvia Beach and the World’s First International Writers’ Protest
image edited by Fernando Kaskais, Wild horses in Iceland. Photo by Gallery Stock Can they shape their own lives? Or the course of history? It’s time to reconsider the significance of animal agency by Amanda Rees is a senior lecturer in the department of sociology at the University of York. Her work has been published in the British Journal for the History of Science and Social Studies of Science, among others. Her latest book is The Infanticide Controversy: Primatology and the Art of Field Science (2009). Edited by Marina Benjami Plato’s attempt 2,500 years ago to define the human as ‘a featherless biped’ had to be swiftly qualified … Continue reading What animals do
by Miles Klee The luckiest kids in America, as far as I can tell, are the ones who have Clare Klee, my mom, as their seventh-grade language arts teacher. Year in and year out, she brings her love of reading and writing — the very passion that made me the author and journalist I am today — into a classroom of students who adore her for it, and who return to visit long after she’s left her mark on their young minds. She has happily taught in the same middle school, in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, for as long as she’s been … Continue reading My Mom is A Teacher. Here’s What She Thinks About Arming School Staff