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How Celebrity Ignorance Can Be More Dangerous Than the Commoner Type

We ants aren’t known for independence of mind. Individually we function somewhat analogously to neurons, each doing our own little job to contribute to the global function of the organ(ism)—”ant is to colony as neuron is to mind,” that sort

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The Sterling Solution

Donald Sterling has changed his mind. Apparently the crazily successful businessman is intent on being bad for business, the NBA’s—like the other famous Donald who has truly been bad for popular culture (including his misguided contribution to real estate opulence),

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Can’t Hide It: Edward Snowden, John Lennon, and the Surveillance Debate

Because Amazon delivers everywhere, I had no problem getting a copy of No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald’s book on Edward Snowden and related matters, delivered to the anthill. I’m almost sorry I did, though, because now I know that

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Cultivating Customers; or, Can I Get a Side of Literature with My Burrito Bowl?

We have to admit: we’re envious of Jonathan Safran Foer’s getting Chipotle Mexican Grill to put short prose pieces on their disposable cups and bags. Never mind that he’s not even the best writer in his marriage (read Nicole Krause’s

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Affirmative Action: A Necessary Negative?

The case has the unwieldy name of Bill Schuette, Attorney General of Michigan, Petitioner v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight For Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), et al., and while it isn’t the

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The Sterling Problem: Racism, Hyperbole, Hypocrisy, and Proportional Response

“I love the Black people,” Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling tells half-Black, half-Latina girlfriend V. Stiviano on the now-infamous audio recordings that are likely to result in the loss of his NBA franchise. He says he wants her to

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On Buying Elections, or Is SCOTUS Sotheby’s?

Ants don’t necessarily get tired from being overworked, but from having their work undermined by interlopers and saboteurs. And when the latter are actually colony insiders, well, that’s when the real weariness sets in. After hearing about the Supreme Court’s

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Being Rich Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

As we were saying in the previous post about the McCutcheon decision: big party, big business, business as usual. It’s sad to see this country turning into a real plutocracy. But that’s what folks have done the entirety of human

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Basic Income for Americans (et al.)?

Working comes naturally to an ant, but for humans it’s a more complicated issue. Through an accident of nature or act of God (or accident of God?) they somehow acquired language and the ability to think abstractly, and now serve

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Food for Thought: Celebrity for Dinner?

There is no magic to meat. It’s animal flesh, an agglomeration of muscle cells, with no quantitative difference between chicken and cow, bass and buffalo. The differences are subtle and little more than a matter of taste. Human meat is no

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