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“I Am the Great Oz!”: Image of Vladimir Lenin Doing a Wizard of Oz Head-Float Over Tractor and People

The Cult of Personality, in which a “Great Man” hovers larger than life over the masses and seems to embody their utopian aspirations. Long before Lenin, Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote this arresting passage (from his short story “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”): [P]eople appeared … Continue reading

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Christopher Hedges Doesn’t Believe in Atheists—and Neither Do I: A Review of Hedges’s Most Recent Book, and Why PZ Myers and Richard Dawkins Would Do Well to Read It Too

In light of PZ Myers’s recent flirtation with atheist illiberalism and iconoclasm, and Richard Dawkins’s knee-jerk defense of him, I think that thoughtful liberals, both secular and religious, might consider reading Christopher Hedges’s most recent book, I Don’t Believe in … Continue reading

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Did You Know That Sartre, in the Name of World Revolution, Would Not Have Prevented the Burning of the Mona Lisa? Neither Did I!

In 1972 Jean Paul Sartre, then age 67, was interviewed by Esquire magazine. The interview appeared in December of that year.   How do I know this? Because I had the displeasure of reading the interview today, not from an … Continue reading

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