AFTER A YEAR UNDER LOCKDOWN, WILL OUR FREEDOMS SURVIVE THE TYRANNY OF COVID-19?

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Waking Times “The remedy is worse than the disease.”—Francis Bacon One way or another, the majority of Americans will survive COVID-19. It remains to be seen, however, whether our freedoms will survive the tyranny of the government’s heavy-handed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, now that the government has gotten a taste for flexing its police state powers by way of a bevy of lockdowns, mandates, restrictions, contact tracing programs, heightened surveillance, censorship, overcriminalization, etc., we may all be long-haulers, suffering under the weight of long-term COVID-19 afflictions. Instead of dealing with the headaches, fatigue and neurological aftereffects of … Continue reading AFTER A YEAR UNDER LOCKDOWN, WILL OUR FREEDOMS SURVIVE THE TYRANNY OF COVID-19?

The science of terrible men

The pioneers of social genetics were racists and eugenicists: should we give up on the science they founded altogether? Kathryn Paige Harden is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first book, The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, will be published by Princeton University Press in Fall 2021. Edited by Pam Weintraub ‘What’s your favourite Woody Allen movie?’ Dylan Farrow asked the readers of The New York Times, before giving her account of Allen molesting her when she was seven years old. She challenged the continued acclaim for Allen’s movies: ‘Imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led … Continue reading The science of terrible men

DIGITAL VACCINE PASSPORTS BEING ROLLED OUT EVERYWHERE TO PROVE YOU’VE ‘GOT YOUR SHOTS’

Robert Wheeler, The Organic Pepper Waking Times For those of you who thought the pandemic hysteria and the totalitarian results from it would magically disappear after Joe Biden’s inauguration, you were, well… …wrong. As I wrote about in this article, there are currently two existing vaccine passports options, one being operational in the United States right now: Common Pass: Created by Commons Project, this health pass has been in international use since October on United and Cathay Pacific flights between New York, London, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Common Pass operates via Apple’s Health app on iOS and CommonHealth for Android. It connects to 230 … Continue reading DIGITAL VACCINE PASSPORTS BEING ROLLED OUT EVERYWHERE TO PROVE YOU’VE ‘GOT YOUR SHOTS’

Philosophers and other animals

Christine Korsgaard argues that we can extend a Kantian moral framework to include other animals. But her argument fails Peter Godfrey-Smith is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness (2016). He lives in Sydney.Listen here Edited by Nigel Warburton Some of the most pressing moral issues we face today arise from how humans treat nonhuman animals, especially in farming and scientific experiments. High-intensity or ‘factory’ farming raises the biggest questions because of its sheer scale, and because routine practices there, once … Continue reading Philosophers and other animals

Is it time to decriminalize prostitution? Two New York bills answer yes in unique ways

One bill hopes to repeal the crime of selling sex and expand social services; the other would legalize the entire sex trade. by KEVIN DICKINSON Today in the majority of the United States, it is a crime to sell sex, buy it, or promote its sale.The Sex Trade Survivors Justice & Equality Act would decriminalize prostitution in New York state while maintaining punitive measures against buyers and pimps.Opponents suggest this law would only push the illegal sex trade further underground and seek full decriminalization for everyone involved. Although incorrectly labeled the world’s oldest profession, prostitution has been on the minds of … Continue reading Is it time to decriminalize prostitution? Two New York bills answer yes in unique ways

They are prisoners

Captive orcas are tormented by boredom and family separation, but they cannot be simply released. What’s the solution? Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and an expert in animal behaviour and intelligence. Formerly on the faculty at Emory University, she is the founder and executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy in Utah, and president of the Whale Sanctuary Project.Listen here Edited by Pam Weintraub Alone, the female orca, also known as a killer whale, circles her small, shallow tank stopping only to surface and open her mouth as trainers drop in dead fish. She thinks of a time when … Continue reading They are prisoners

The inflation of concepts

Human rights, health, the rule of law – why are these concepts inflated to the status of totalising, secular religions? John Tasioulas is professor of ethics and legal philosophy and director of the Institute for Ethics in AI at the University of Oxford… Edited by Nigel Warburton As political philosophers such as Jürgen Habermas and John Rawls have emphasised, a flourishing democracy has a robust culture of public reason, one in which all citizens are able to participate as equals in collective deliberation and decision-making about the common good of society. In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about dire new … Continue reading The inflation of concepts

NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS HOW COVID LOCKDOWNS HELPED THE RICH GET RICHER AND DECIMATED THE POOR

Don Via Jr., The Free Thought Project Waking Times A new report from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief has revealed that the economic recession in the wake of the world’s Covid-19 lockdown is over. That is, it is over for the wealthy elite, whom have recuperated from their financial losses in record time. Unfortunately the report states that billions of people globally will continue to feel the sting of devastating economic impacts for more than a decade to come. The Oxfam report, titled “The Inequality Virus”, was published on the first day of the World Economic Forum’s Davos agenda meeting. It exemplifies … Continue reading NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS HOW COVID LOCKDOWNS HELPED THE RICH GET RICHER AND DECIMATED THE POOR

Gulf slave society

The glittering city-states of the Persian Gulf fit the classicist Moses Finley’s criteria of genuine slave societies by Bernard Freamon, adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and emeritus professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. He is the organiser of a website on the Islamic law on slavery, ijma-on-slavery.org. His most recent book is Possessed by the Right Hand: The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Cultures (2019). He lives in New York City. Edited by Sam Haselby The six city-states on the Arab side of the Persian Gulf, each formerly a sleepy, pristine fishing village, are now … Continue reading Gulf slave society

This is your brain on political arguments

Debating is cognitively taxing but also important for the health of a democracy—provided it’s face-to-face. by Derek Beres  New research at Yale identifies the brain regions that are affected when you’re in disagreeable conversations. Talking with someone you agree with harmonizes brain regions and is less energetically taxing. The research involves face-to-face dialogues, not conversations on social media. You probably know the feeling: a rush of heat that assaults your entire body; your fingertips and forehead suffering fiery consequences of conflict; restrictions around your chest and throat; quickened breath, as if your lungs can no longer draw in the required … Continue reading This is your brain on political arguments