Perché si vota a destra, in Germania

Ieri e oggi ho visitato la regione della Germania dove sono cresciuto. Meglio conosciuta come la rust belt tedesca, è stata storicamente una terra socialdemocratica. Oggi, invece, è sorprendente quanti ex elettori dell’SPD si stiano chiaramente avvicinando all’AfD. Ho avuto una lunga chiacchierata con un tassista che rientra in questa categoria, ed è stato interessante…

10 Right-Wing Lies on Taxation

Modern conservatives have been lying about taxes pretty much from the beginning of their movement. Made-up sob stories about family farms broken up to pay inheritance taxes, magical claims about self-financing tax cuts, and so on go all the way back to the 1970s. But the selling of tax cuts under Trump has taken things…

What Makes Us Human

One of the major challenges in current science is to understand the emergence of modern humans, who have cognitive capacities which in a biological context are extraordinary. How could this have happened in anatomically modern humans, that is, in a species which had apparently already evolved to its current genotype (or close to it)? It…

A Handbook for Journalists

When terrorism hits, recall: The Basics – Naming is, to a certain extent, choosing a side – Terrorism has no official definition – There is a crucial difference between terrorism and resistance – State terrorism exists, and is “a form of government” – “Glorification of terrorism” is an expression to be carefully defined – Not all…

Tentativo di decalogo per la convivenza inter-etnica

1 – La compresenza pluri-etnica sarà la norma più che l’eccezione; l’alternativa è tra esclusivismo etnico e convivenza. Situazioni di compresenza di comunità di diversa lingua, cultura, religione, etnia sullo stesso territorio saranno sempre più frequenti, soprattutto nelle città. E non è una novità. Anche nelle città antiche e medievali (vedi anche qui e qui)…

Twelve Visual Artists Interpret Radiohead’s OK Computer

Pitchfork asked a dozen artists to take a song from OK Computer and translate it through illustration. Here’s what they created, along with commentary from each artist: 1. Airbag – by Mario Hugo “I wanted to create something that references both life and death, and almost feels like Munch’s ‘The Scream.’ There is something pervasive…

Dieci modi di sognare il Medioevo

Pare, e mi pare, che la moda medievale, e il sogno del Medioevo, attraversi tutta la cultura italiana, ed europea (vedi anche qui, qui, e soprattutto qui). Non si sogna il Medioevo perché sia il passato, perché di passati la cultura occidentale ne ha millanta. Ma il Medioevo rappresenta il crogiolo dell’Europa e della civiltà…

International Migrant Manifesto

We have been called many names. Illegals. Aliens. Guest Workers. Border crossers. Undesirables. Exiles. Criminals. Non-citizens. Terrorists. Thieves. Foreigners. Invaders. Undocumented. Our voices converge on these principles: 1. We know that international connectivity is the reality that migrants have helped create, it is the place where we all reside. We understand that the quality of…

List of 22.394 documented deaths of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants due to the restrictive policies of Fortress Europe

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Metamorphoses

[…] The highest altitudes are caught in flames, and as their moistures dry they crack in chasms. The grass is blighted; trees are burnt up with their leaves; the ripe brown crops give fuel for self destruction. Oh what small complaints! Great cities perish with their walls, and peopled nations are consumed to dust, the forests…