Mark Fisher on Badiou, Rancière and Žižek at ‘The Idea of Communism Conference’

Badiou, Rancière and Žižek lead an all-star cast of speakers at the ‘On the Idea of Communism’ conference at Birkbeck, London (2009) Towards the beginning of his paper at last weekend’s ‘On the Idea of Communism’ conference at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, self-described ‘anomalous sociologist’ Alberto Toscano cited the Observer’s recent review of The […]

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Stoicism 5.0: The unlikely 21st century reboot of an ancient philosophy

 by Matthew Sharpe From Cynicism to Stoicism No one expects the Spanish Inquisition, to paraphrase Monty Python. We live in strange times. But few people could have expected today’s rise of a global movement of self-describing Stoic online communities numbering over 100,000 participants. Stoicism was the ancient Greek and then Roman philosophy founded in the last decades […]

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G20: Thoughts on the Summit clashes

 by Maurice Reclus,  July 10, 2017. Freedom hasn’t had the resources to cover the G20 protests hour by hour, a task which has been ably handled by Enough is Enough, It’s Going Down, Plan C, CrimethInc and Insurrection News in the English language. But as the pavement is relaid over makeshift beaches, and karchers erase the evidence of rebellion, we can perhaps take […]

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Scientists found something weird in the brains of psychopaths   

Kevin Spacey as Washington politician Frank Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards NETFLIX There has been much fascination around psychopaths in pop culture recently, but they may not be evil at all.  Psychopaths’ brains are wired differently, in a way that means they put more value on immediate rewards, and have trouble thinking ahead to future […]

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