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Jean Baudrillard: Reality, Hyperreality, and Asymmetry

Jean Baudrillard: Reality, Hyperreality, and Asymmetry

Written by: Joshua Lax. How can post-modern theory be brought into the discussion of International Relations?  I will begin by discussing Jean Baudrillard and his notions of reality, hyperreality, and asymmetry.  In later posts I will discuss the works of other post-modern theorists such as Francois Lyotard and his notion of the meta-narrative, Richard Rorty … Continue reading

KRAXQUOTES: Milton Friedman

KRAXQUOTES: Milton Friedman

“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” A great thought to keep in mind as we try to navigate an increasingly complex world.

The Inevitability Mindset

The Inevitability Mindset

Written by: Michael Kravshik. For years the debate over the Iranian nuclear threat has raged, and for months the potential of an Israeli strike on these capabilities has enraged.  Many on both sides of the political spectrum have made the decisions faced by the Israeli and American leaders seem obvious or easy. Such people are … Continue reading

Reverse Discrimination

Reverse Discrimination

Written by: Michael Kravshik.  The fight against discrimination is certainly a noble cause. Ensuring that people of all genders, colors, religions, sexual orientations, etc. have equal rights and opportunities is something that is integral for the betterment of society. Defeating discrimination can only really be seen as successful if it occurs in the hearts and … Continue reading

Ancestors’ Guilt

Ancestors’ Guilt

Written by: Michael Kravshik. As Westernist culture has become more self-reflective, historical injustices have become an important issue in public discourse. We increasingly look back on the past, and evaluate circumstances that do not meet the high standards of our current moral code. This exercise brings with it both shame and guilt. At its core, … Continue reading

The 20 most-watched TED Talks to date

Originally posted on TED Blog:
TED is dedicated to ideas worth spreading. And that leaves many wondering exactly which ideas have been spread the most widely in the six years that TEDTalks videos have been available online. Here, a list of the 20 most-watched talks on all the platforms we track: TED.com, YouTube, iTunes, embed…

This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land

This Land is My Land, This Land is Your Land

Written by: Michael Kravshik. Do nations deserve land rights? I’m not talking about countries with modern political borders, nor am I debating individual private land ownership. The word nation, in this situation, means a group of people who share a common culture, language, ethnicity, descent or history and not a political state. This question underlies … Continue reading

Cultural Relativism: An Intellectual Quagmire

Cultural Relativism: An Intellectual Quagmire

Written by: Michael Kravshik. Recently, a quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti (an Indian author) was shared with me touting that by identifying ourselves differently from any others, we are in fact committing violence (See the picture below this paragraph). This excellent example of cultural relativism, although quite extreme, is a great starting point to jump into … Continue reading