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Arriva la primavera Proprio quando Vado via. [F.O.] Featured image: Tatiana Bugaenko, Milan

The 7 biggest problems facing science

“Science, I had come to learn, is as political, competitive, and fierce a career as you can find, full of the temptation to find easy paths.” — Paul Kalanithi, neurosurgeon and writer (1977–2015). Science is in big trouble. Or so we’re told. In the past several years, many scientists have become afflicted with a serious…

How To Teach Art To Kids

If you’ve ever seen Mark Rothko’s paintings and thought “a child could do this,” you’ve paid him a compliment. Rothko greatly admired children’s art, praising the freshness, authenticity, and emotional intensity of their creations. He worked as an art teacher for over 20 years and was a thought leader in the field of children’s art…

10 cose da non pensare più

Cinquant’anni nella vita di un uomo sono tanti. In quella di un autore non rappresentano una vita sola, ma almeno due o tre. Cinquant’anni in cui “le cose a cui pensare” si succedono e si moltiplicano, cambiano e in fondo restano sempre le stesse, cariche di ombre e intuizioni, di cambi di rotta e di…

Scarpe

Quando chiedi Chi sono Che faccio Cosa voglio Osserva le mie scarpe. Le hai davanti, sono qui. Sono sporche, vengono da lontano. Sono spesse, andranno molto lontano. [F.O.] Featured image: Philip Guston, Shoes (1968)

Seven big myths about school systems

The man in charge of the PISA tests, Andreas Schleicher, says the evidence from around the world reveals some big myths about what makes for a successful education system. 1. Disadvantaged pupils are doomed to do badly in school Results show that the 10% most disadvantaged 15-year-olds in Shanghai have better maths skills than the…

Les 21 points du S.O.L.

Légion française des combattants et des volontaires de la Révolution nationale. Contre l’Ancien Régime. Pour l’Ordre Nouveau. 1. Contre la lèpre juive. Pour la pureté française. Against Jewish leprosy. For French purity. 2. Contre l’égoïsme bourgeois. Pour la solidarité française. Against bourgeois egoism. For French solidarity. 3. Contre le scepticisme. Pour la foi. Against skepticism. For faith. 4. Contre…

Martin Luther’s Hatred

What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? […] I shall give you my sincere advice: First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them….

Why Postmodernism Is A Threat

Postmodernism is a threat. Not only to liberal democracy, but to modernity itself. That may sound like a hyperbolic claim, but the reality is that the cluster of ideas and values at the root of postmodernism have broken the bounds of academia and gained great cultural power in the West. The irrational and identitarian “symptoms”…

Seven Reasons Why the Left is Losing

Is the (American) left capable of political success right now? What follows is a roundup of critiques offered in the spirit of “I want a country where the best versions of left and right are vying against one another.” It is neither exhaustive nor definitive. But I hope that it can serve a starting point…

Ur-Fascism

In my country today there are people who are wondering if the Resistance had a real military impact on the course of the war. For our grandparents this question was irrelevant: they immediately understood the moral and psychological meaning of the Resistance. In my country today there are those who are saying that the myth…

Il Manifesto dei Manifesti

Manifesti del Movimento futurista: Manifesto del Futurismo (Marinetti, 1909) Uccidiamo il Chiato di luna! (Marinetti, 1909) Manifesto dei Pittori futuristi (Boccioni, Carrà, Russolo, Balla, Severini, 1910) Contro Venezia passatista (Marinetti, 1911) Manifesto dei Musicisti futuristi (Pratella, 1911) Contro la Spagna passatista (Marinetti, 1911) Manifesto della Donna futurista (de Saint-Point, 1912) Manifesto tecnico della scultura futurista…