The Pataphysics of Pharmakoi (Roger Green)

Yesterday,  an article by Josh Katz and Margot Sanger-Katz in The New York Times drew attention once again to an opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.  As they write, the 2017 death rate caused by such abuse is “so steep that they have contributed to reductions in the country’s life expectancy…

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The Cultural Contradictions Of “Democratic Socialism” (Carl Raschke)

Ever since Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Presidential nomination in 2016, and more recently with the surprise primary defeat in New York’s 14th Congressional District of establishment icon and incumbent Joe Crowley by upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the electoral shibboleth of “democratic socialism” has suddenly gained serious traction among progressive voters.…

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Expanding the Rhetorical, Genealogical, and New Materialist Implications of Joshua Ramey’s The Politics of Divination (Joshua Hanan)

The following is part of a series of responses to Joshua Ramey’s book, Politics of Divination.  You can read our interview with Ramey here.  You can read Carl Raschke’s response to Ramey’s work here. Joshua Ramey’s book, The Politics of Divination, is one of the most incisive accounts of neoliberalism…

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In Defense Of Politics (Jonathan Cole)

In an age in which the degeneration of politicians, political institutions, and political culture—let’s call it “politics”—is fast becoming something of an unquestioned article of faith, a defense of such politics sounds decidedly unfashionable at best, and insolent at worst. I maintain that too much of the widespread negative evaluation…

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Becoming Agamben – An Interview Concerning His Ideas And Influences (Antonio Gnolio/Ido Govrin)

The following is an interview with Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben conducted by journalist Antonio Gnolio. Originally published in La Repubblica on May 15, 2016.  The interview is translated from the Italian by Ido Govrin.  It is translated with permission of La Repubblica. “I believe in the link between philosophy and poetry. I have always…

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