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Here’s tiny question. Across the street from me, a while ago, a little record shop, with a charming little cafe in the back, opened up. Confession time, my friends love it. They go there to have…
business  politics  society  usa 
30 minutes ago by jeffhammond
Books — Rutger Bregman
From a universal basic income to a 15-hour workweek, from a world without borders to a world without poverty – it’s time to return to utopian thinking. Rutger Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come. Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think you know.
books  society  politics 
8 hours ago by robward
撰文:吴介民 本文选自《东方历史评论》第1期,回复“购买”了解如何购买…
taiwan  essay  china  beijing  society  quartier  inequality  civ  question  from instapaper
15 hours ago by aries1988
How American Cities Got Their Libraries - CityLab
"A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

Editor’s note: This month, CityLab’s visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger shares the story of how America’s public libraries came to be, and their uneven history of serving all who need them."
libraries  us  history  2019  society  socialinfrastructure  infrastructure 
23 hours ago by robertogreco
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One of the hardest things we do in life is confronting our shadows. Our dark sides. By confronting, I don’t mean simply yelling at them — “confrontation” in the casual sense. I mean it in the…
life  politics  society  usa  writing 
yesterday by jeffhammond
BBC - Future - Are we on the road to civilisation collapse?
We will only march into collapse if we advance blindly. We are only doomed if we are unwilling to listen to the past.
Society  Survival 
yesterday by neuralmarket
Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.: Danielle S. Allen: 9781631493119: Books
Fantastic passion and need to expose the inhumanity of America's prisons, which have shifted from rehabilitation to punishment
prison  usa  biography  cousin  losangeles  inequality  culture  society  book 
2 days ago by csrollyson
Automated speed enforcement doesn't just reduce collisions -- it helps reduce crime -- ScienceDaily
"It's widely accepted that automated photo enforcement programs targeting speeding help reduce collisions and promote safe driving. Now a new University of British Columbia study suggests they can also significantly reduce crime in the neighbourhoods in which they are deployed.
"Researchers analyzed traffic-related data collected between 2013 and 2015 in the western Canadian city of Edmonton and found that vehicle collisions dropped in the areas where automated speed enforcement units were used. But they also found that crime -- specifically property-related criminal incidents -- declined significantly. ...

"Shewkar Ibrahim, a traffic safety engineer for the City of Edmonton ... led the research for her PhD studies in civil engineering at UBC.
'People intending to commit crime are usually deterred by the presence of authority," said Ibrahim 'Since criminals also tend to show unsafe driving behaviours, you can expect to see fewer collisions due to the presence of automated speed enforcement.'"
transportation  society  problem-solving 
2 days ago by katherinestevens
Philosopher of the month: Friedrich Nietzsche | OUPblog
Nietzsche was greatly concerned with basic problems in contemporary Western culture and society, which he believed were growing more acute, and for which he considered it imperative to try to find new solutions. His examination of unconscious drives found “will to power” to be a fundamental element of human nature, and metaphysically, in all of nature. The one who escapes all this, Nietzsche’s “Übermensch,” describes a person who has mastered passion, risen above irrational flux, and endowed her or his character with creative style. One of Nietzsche’s best-known ideas, “the death of God,” speaks to the unfeasibility of belief in God in late modernity, and the resulting consequences. The fundamental problem of how to overcome nihilism and affirm life without illusions was central to Nietzsche’s thought, and his skepticism of the notions of truth and fact anticipated many of the central tenets of postmodernism.

For more on Nietzsche’s life and work, browse our interactive timeline below.
pol.505  philosophy  Society  state  Religion  Leadership  Power_materials  Violence_y_Power 
2 days ago by Jibarosoy
Neil Postman, Technopoly, and Technological Theology | L.M. Sacasas
while traditional theologies which governed tool-using cultures are displaced in a technocracy, in a Technolopy a governing ideology in the mode of theology is reintroduced to order society.
technology  future  philosophy  social  society 
2 days ago by tclancy
Philosopher of the month: Jean-Jacques Rousseau [timeline] | OUPblog
The publication of Social Contract and Emile, however, scandalised the French and Genevan authorities, with the result that Rousseau had to flee into Switzerland and England. Towards the later stage of his career, Rousseau composed more autobiographical works. Les Confessions (1764-1770), the first autobiography ever written in the history of literature deals with his childhood and adolescence, and his adventure as a young man, his career as a writer and living in exile. His last work, Reveries of the Solitary Walker (Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire, 1776-1778) which is a meditation on his life and philosophy, has become a seminal text on the development of Romantic sensibilities.

For more on Rousseau’s life and work, browse our interactive timeline below.
pol.505  philosophy  state  teaching_pol_theory  Society 
2 days ago by Jibarosoy

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