Category Archives: Civilization

Rape Is Just One Horror During The Collapse Of Civilization In Westeros

This week’s episode of the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s novels has produced a big fan controversy over Jaime Lanister’s rape of Cersei. What are the directors trying to do with this scene, which is not in the … Continue reading

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New Alabama Food Truck Regulations Prevent Local Churches From Feeding The Homeless

“These people are hungry. They’re starving. They need help from people. They can’t afford to buy something from a food truck.” Continue reading

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When The Levee Breaks

“Disasters,” Jonathan Chait writes, “are inherently political, because government is political, and preventing and responding to disasters is a primary role of the state.” Rachel Maddow echoed Chait for the last few nights while discussing “the new normal” of a … Continue reading

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Cheating Isn’t Cheating When the British Do It

The British love to paint the Americans as sore losers and whingers, but BBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics proves that their sports coverage is just as puerile, dire and unprofessional as any political cable news broadcast in the … Continue reading

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The Metropolis

The eleventh episode of The Age of Uncertainty, John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought, is about one of my favorite subjects: the city as engine of economies and civilizations.

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Land and People

The tenth episode of The Age of Uncertainty, John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought, is an examination of poverty and inequality. Pay special attention to his observations about Mexico, where population growth has now … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: The Song of the Norse

There is a common misconception that environmental activism is all about saving the planet and the animals and the rain forests. In reality, it is all about the human environment. The last time Greenland was actually this green, Norsemen settled … Continue reading

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The Big Corporation

The ninth episode of The Age of Uncertainty, John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought, is still startling — despite the (mostly bad) changes that have come to American corporate culture since then.

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Morning Awful: Tea Party Cars

I have written many times about the car mandate, and its role in disempowering American workers as well as climate and pollution issues. I have also touched on the role of the John Birch Society in “Agenda 21″ activism, a … Continue reading

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The Fatal Competition

The eighth episode of John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought is my favorite, and probably ranks among the most important hours in the history of television.

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Judging Dredd

While taking a vacation recently, I managed to let the new Judge Dredd trailer slip by unnoted. You can see now why I waited for the broad vista of the mega-city to appear before making any judgments from those early … Continue reading

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