Articles in Philosophy

Defective Altruism

Socialism is the most effective altruism. Who needs anything else? The repugnant philosophy of “Effective Altruism” offers nothing to movements for global justice.


Thinking More Clearly About the Idea of “Rights”

Understanding how to talk about rights can help us convince others of the need for social uplift with broad leftist policies that guarantee basic necessities for all.


Jean-Paul Sartre and the Problem of Being “Progressive Except for Palestine”

The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was famous for his anti-colonial positions, but waffled when it came to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Why did he struggle to be consistent, and what does that tell us about “progressive except for Palestine” intellectuals today?


Magic and Capitalism

Katie Jane Fernelius on the meme of magic, the sincerity of its deceit, and what we’re too eager to believe.


What David Graeber Noticed

Anarchist, anthropologist, activist: Graeber’s defiant insistence on the value of freedom, joy, and questioning the unquestionable should leave a lasting imprint on the left.


Empire of Same

Samuel Miller McDonald takes an introspective look at chemical deserts, Disney’s hegemony, and empires of the past and future.


Work Hard and Get Rich (Or More Likely, Die Trying)

What do we, rewired by capitalist urgency, have in common with the beaver?


On Casting Out Fear

Dan Walden on the role of faith in liberation, Matt Walsh’s Church of Cowards, and what you can read instead.


Can Hierarchy Be Justified?

Editors Brianna Rennix and Nathan J. Robinson assess the case for hierarchies, and what they mean for the rocks and minerals.


Go Ahead and Shrug

Ayn Rand imagines a world in which capitalists got tired of their jobs and left for good. If only they would!


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