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Minecraft over Marriage | Mark Regnerus | First Things
But it’s Harari’s discussion of the collapse of the family and the territorial grab of state and market that garnered my quickest attention. We’ve become a nation of isolated individuals, and we are voting against marriage and families:

With the individual wielding unprecedented power to decide her own path in life, we find it ever harder to make commitments. We thus live in an increasingly lonely world of unraveling communities and families.

Harari attributes the collapse in family authority to the active colonization of state and market, going where even I would fear to tread:

Over time, states and markets used their growing power to weaken the traditional bonds of family and community. . . . In order to really break the power of family and community, they needed the help of a fifth column. The state and market approached people with an offer that could not be refused. ‘Become individuals,’ they said. ‘Marry whomever you desire, without asking permission from your parents’. . . . You are no longer dependent on your family or your community. We, the state and the market, will take care of you instead.
book_review  social_engineering 
11 days ago by anaximander
Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism | by Pankaj Mishra | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
-- Mishra knows how to insult with style. He hates western intellectuals and elites and has fun *roasting* Peterson.

But the more I read Mishra, the more I get a feeling that he overfits his post-colonial narratives. Someone should start a new field of empirically driven post-colonial studies. Maybe there is one already and I just don't know about it.
post-colonialism  book_review  critique  right-wing_populism  alt-right  fascism  history_of_ideas  cultural_history  nybooks 
5 weeks ago by rvenkat
Squaring the Conservative Circle - Los Angeles Review of Books
Peter Kolozi, "Conservatives Against Capitalism"
Corey Robin, "The Reactionary Mind," recently reissued and updated for the Trump era... its claim that modern conservatism — whether that of Edmund Burke or Sarah Palin — is essentially a reaction against the egalitarian movements of the left.
book_review  conservatism  LARB 
10 weeks ago by suitable
Slaying the Dragon of the Dark Ages - The New York Times
-- Martin Luther biography... at some places the review goes into differences between scholarly history and history for mass audience, good for dilettantes like me.
history  biography  protestant_reformation  16th_century  book_review  NYTimes 
december 2017 by rvenkat
God’s Oppressed Children | by Pankaj Mishra | The New York Review of Books
As always, Mishra's review is informative and incisive; a great read and even better for the things I disagree with:)

I was half expecting an intersectional analysis of the Indian caste system but realized that the post-colonial thinkers back home may not have been marinating in that long enough. Interesting to see Indian post-colonial thought evolve over the years enough to begin criticizing Marxism and socialism.
caste_system  india  cultural_history  20th_century  post-colonialism  book_review  nybooks 
december 2017 by rvenkat
Kick Against the Pricks | by Laura Kipnis | The New York Review of Books
-- craftily written, it is the things that she leads the reader into but never says; the closest any piece has come to addressing moral agency.
book_review  feminism  labor  discrimination  cultural_history  contemporary_culture  gender_studies  marxism  nature-nurture  debates  agency  nybooks 
december 2017 by rvenkat

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