I am teaching this course again. Every year it changes, and this year I hope it changes a lot. Here’s what I said about this today,…
Moana, Complacency, and the Enduring Appeal of Steady-State Economics
(Sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night with a reading of the political economy of Moana, and you just have to write it down. I regret nothing!)
Explainer Journalism Needs Better Explanations
Corey Robin got some nice jabs in at the current class of younger non-academic pundits a while back: A lot of these pundits and reportersÂ are younger, part of the Vox…
Imperialism as a Response to Surpluses and Superfluousness
â€œOlder than the superfluous wealth was another by-product of capitalist production: the human debris of every crisis, following invariably upon each period of industrial…
The University of Toronto’s Sociology Department posts the reading lists for its PhD comprehensive exams.
For my money the notion of self-estrangement is the fundamental insight of psychology.
What worries me about Silicon Valley’s mindfulness stoicism is the sense that it combines all the worst elements of world mastery and manliness with the stoicism of the weak: acceptance of injustice, the embrace of a hostile natural (and social!) world to which we must conform, and a quietism that locates our agency in that compliance while praising it as mastery.
I wrote this little primer at the bottom of a long discussion of the Schocken Books editions of Arendt’s work, and then reposted it a while…