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The princess myth: Hilary Mantel on Diana

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The Wolf Hall novelist on the 20th anniversary of the death of the Princess of Wales, an icon ‘only loosely based on the young woman born Diana Spencer’
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Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism: A surprising ecumenism | La Civiltà Cattolica

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In God We Trust. This phrase is printed on the banknotes of the United States of America and is the current national motto. It appeared for the first time on a coin in 1864 but did not become official until Congress passed a motion in 1956. A motto is important for a nation whose foundation was rooted in religious motivations. For many it is a simple declaration of faith. For others, it is the synthesis of a problematic fusion between religion and state, faith and politics, religious values and economy. Religion, political Manichaeism and a cult of the apocalypse Religion has had a more incisive role in electoral processes and government decisions over recent decades, especially in some US governments. It offers a moral role for identifying what is good and what is bad. At times this mingling of politics, morals and religion has taken on a Manichaean language that divides reality between absolute Good and absolute Evil. In fact, after President George W. Bush spoke in his day about
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Why We’re Marxists

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Marxism lives because we have not gone beyond the circumstances that created it.
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Environmental Ethics and Ethos. The RSE Symposia on the Adriatic and Baltic Seas. - The Catholic Astronomer

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One of the newest fields of theology and philosophy is Environmental Ethics. In addition to being new, this field is also one of the more challenging subjects to keep current. The reason for this difficulty is that the rapid growth of technology often outpaces our ability to reflect on a given technology's moral implications. This lag between the advancement of technology and the moral implications of technology have, at times, allowed for great damage to be done to our environment. This tension between technological advancement and environmental crisis led the members of the Religion, Science, and Environment Symposia (RSE) to organize two events to accomplish two main goals: The development of ethical principles to address ecological issues and the development of an environmental ethos to inspire people to put those ethics into action. Once again, the spiritual leader of these symposia was Patriarch Bartholomew and the locations of the symposia were the Adriatic Sea and the Baltic Sea. The RSE … Continue reading →
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From Platform to Open Cooperativism - Commons Transition

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Two movements mesh cooperative traditions with the digital revolution: Platform Cooperativism, and Open Cooperativism. How do they relate?
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Well the obvious answer is to let the chickens out. Co-op has a bloody hyphen!

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There are two Easters; one that commemorates the crucifixion of the son of God and one that belongs to the egg. No circular conundrum here: the son of God is not a chicken; the egg came first. Wherever I have travelled I have found eggs in various guises of springtime festival: decorated, hunted, played with, eaten; the original germinant, hope of life, new life, reproduction, resurrection.


http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/matters-of-taste-wendell-steavenson-easter
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The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left - The Philosophical Salon

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It is often presumed that intellectuals have little or no political power. Perched in a privileged ivory tower, disconnected from the real world, embroiled in meaningless academic debates over specialized ... Read More
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Svalbard’s Snow Crabs: a Pincered Proxy for Arctic Oil | Hakai Magazine

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There were the cod wars and then the turbot wars—are the crab wars now upon us?

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Are Liberals on the Wrong Side of History?

Three new books interrogate the premises of the Enlightenment.
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JeroenJeroen wrote the following post Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:42:17 -0800
If you are going to read only one #longread this week, let it be this one!

The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State

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On the front lines of Syria with the young American radicals, anarchists fighting ISIS, Islamic State.
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Année du coq : les Chinois n'ont pas renoncé aux pétards mais redoutent Trump

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EN IMAGES / VIDÉO - Le Nouvel an lunaire a commencé ce samedi, marquant le début de la plus grande migration de la planète pour quelques semaines.

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Exposición "los pilares de Europa" en Caixaforum

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Nos ofrece una magnífica muestra del medievo europeo con secciones temáticas para entender cómo era la vida en Europa entre los siglos V y XV.
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The death of Queen Victoria

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THERE is a perceptible note of apprehension in the public mind, caused by the death of the Queen, which is a little exaggerated. Of the magnitude of that loss and its irreparable character there can, indeed, be no doubt whatever. The steady good sense of Queen Victoria, which latterly rose to sagacity; the unprecedented length of her reign, its marvellous good fortune scarcely broken by the catastrophe in Afghanistan or that unique disaster the great Mutiny in India, or the unexpected strain of the present war; and the remarkable relation as of a mother with sons which, after the Prince Consort's death, grew up between the Queen and her peoples, had evoked a warmth of loyalty, which acted throughout the Empire as a binding force, and immensely increased its prestige among the nations.

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The Diminutive Genius of Max Beerbohm

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He was a writer of Proustian gifts, but his dedication to the cult of modesty prevented him from writing a masterpiece.
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A LOVESONG
by The Passion Films on Vimeo

'Do I dare disturb the universe?'
A solitary man wanders the streets of a city, restless with indecision. As he tumbles down a rabbit hole of seedy dive bars, half deserted streets and shots of whiskey, time fractures – and it seems he might be destined to walk these streets forever.
Shot in New York by director Laura Scrivano, A LOVESONG the first film of THE PASSION series and features actor Daniel Henshall, star of AMC’s TURN: WASHINGTON SPIES and SNOWTOWN. thepassionfilms.com
Exploring Daniel’s fascination with poetry and text and the actor’s relationship to the both script and camera, his film takes as its starting point TS Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, considered to be one of the founding texts of modernist poetry.
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« La crèche de Noël n’est pas contraire à la laïcité »

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Les arrêts rendus en novembre par le Conseil d’Etat définissent la crèche comme un symbole religieux, mais, plus largement, traditionnel. Cette décision a eu le mérite de clarifier un débat confus, au nom de son principe de laïcité libérale, selon le juriste Didier Maus.
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La crèche de l'image c'est belle. Le text, comme çi comme ça... J'admire profondemente la laïcité de l'État franáis, dont le respect est très exigeant .
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Thought provoking.

We have failed the test – Not Housebroken
A test that any species in an ecosystem must pass in order to survive is to successfully adapt to its ecosystem. Humans have, since the Neolithic, imagined we are different, that we can adapt the ecosystem to our needs instead.[1] This is very likely a deadly arrogance on our part as climate change is but one of several existential threats we now f...