What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  Georgia and Sam on series four of the UK’s Love Island. Photograph: ITV/REX/Shutterstock by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore Society is obsessed with happily ever afters, and it’s not just on reality TV shows that walking out alone makes you a loser Strapped to a lie detector in the final week of Love Island, contestant Dom was asked a simple question. “Did you come here just for a root?” “No,” the hunky project manager said. The machine beeped. A lie! What struck me about this scene was not that a young, virile 26-year-old man might come on a TV … Continue reading What does Love Island have in common with a surrealist dystopia? Quite a lot, actually

The many deaths of liberalism

Los Angeles, 1952. Photo by J R Eyerman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty More than a century of death notices have not diminished the achievements and the necessity of liberalism by Daniel H Cole is professor of law and public and environmental affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a founding member of both the Midwest Law and Economics Association and the Society for Environmental Law and Economics. He is the author of seven books. by Aurelian Craiutu is professor of political science and adjunct professor of American studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. His most recent book is Faces of Moderation: The Art of … Continue reading The many deaths of liberalism

Punjabi Men Are Struggling with Mental Health Because They Lack the Words to Describe It

by Hussein Kesvani Sukhi, a 28-year-old graduate student from Birmingham, England, was officially diagnosed with depression last year. He was forced to see a doctor after he started to lack the emotional energy necessary to do basic things: get out of bed, make food, hold a basic conversation with his flatmates, and most of all, take his final year exams for his master’s degree in economics. For years, Sukhi had dealt with smaller bouts of depression. He had days where, he tells me, he felt a “heavy, overbearing sadness” without any root cause. Other days, he found himself sitting in the … Continue reading Punjabi Men Are Struggling with Mental Health Because They Lack the Words to Describe It

Does Living at Home Make Me Less of a Man?

I’m about to turn 27 and still sleep in my childhood bedroom. I consider it a shrewd financial move, but plenty of others believe it makes me more of a child than an adult. by Hussein Kesvani A couple of weeks ago, I visited an old friend and his wife. They were hosting a dinner party in their newly-built flat in West London. Over roasted vegetables and tagine, they talked about the stresses that came with moving into their new place — the minutiae of picking out curtains, sofas and cutlery as well as the arduous decision of whether or not they wanted to replace … Continue reading Does Living at Home Make Me Less of a Man?

If You’re Crushingly Lonely, You’re Not Alone

by Tracy Moore The U.K. has even appointed a ‘Minister for Loneliness’ Bad news first: Turns out we are all, each of us, in some way or another, totally alone. Not just in the existential sense that death is unfortunately a single-seat ticket to the terrifyingly unknown next level, but it’s now understood that standard-issue loneliness for living, breathing beings is “the sad reality of modern life.” That’s according to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who told The New York Times that in response to the finding that some 9 million Brits are often or always lonely, she has appointed a Minister of Loneliness to … Continue reading If You’re Crushingly Lonely, You’re Not Alone

British woman now carries her “heart” around in a backpack after an AMAZING life-saving surgery

January 03, 2018 by: JD Heyes (Natural News) There is an expression that some people ‘carry their heart on their sleeve,’ which means those people tend to openly display their deepest thoughts and emotions. But one British woman literally carries her heart on her back — in a backpack — following an amazing, first-ever surgery at one of the world’s top hospitals. As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, 39-year-old Selwa Hussain, a mother of two, was feeling out of breath and weak some six months ago when she barely made it to her car to drive about 200 yards down the road to … Continue reading British woman now carries her “heart” around in a backpack after an AMAZING life-saving surgery

The empire dreamt back

‘The oppressive force in this case was neither a class nor a generation but the British empire itself.’ A British officer in India receives a pedicure from an Indian servant. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images To help rule its empire, Britain turned to psychoanalysis. But they weren’t willing to hear the truth it told by Erik Linstrum is assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire (2016) and is now writing a history of colonial violence in post-1945 Britain. Every state needs to know about the people it … Continue reading The empire dreamt back