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Goodbye, Mr. Capitalism!

“When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.” –Bob Dylan, “Like a Rolling Stone” “What a swamp the world could become without the call of socialism, the hope of socialism, and the ‘danger’ of socialism.” -Mansoor Hekmat What is going on today? The on-going global financial crisis signalled the fragility of liberal-democratic capitalism, not

Joss Whedon is my Master Now: Identity and the Human Experience in Dollhouse

Ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have been a huge Joss Whedon fan. Whedon’s witty dialogue got me hooked on Buffy and Angel, Firefly had space cowboys (enough said) and, well, now Dollhouse is just badass. Yet, throughout his entire corpus, Whedon is dealing with concrete philosophical and existential questions. Following a Sartrean line

Two Micro-Essays by B-Rad

What’s In A Name? Why do we label things? Name things? The simple and obvious answer to this is that we, as intelligent beings, need to categorize and name objects, people, places, ideas—in short our whole world—in order to function. Labels aid in our daily functioning, so to speak, yet, how does meaning function in

Hamlet is a Becoming

Shakespeare is so elitist. It is so canonized that it has become a subject of political critique. English departments do still teach the Bard, but it is received as an example of high culture, rather than an actual art. Most of us today would rather read Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill than subject ourselves to

Rethinking the Politics of Recognition in times of Economic Instability: Or how it is Politically Incorrect to talk about Political Correctness

A spectre is haunting Western societies- the spectre of Political Incorrectness. All the Powers of old Western liberal societies have entered into a holy alliance to exorcize this spectre: multicultural liberals (for whose agenda is to create a space of inclusiveness through advocating the of ‘tolerance’ of the Other), proponents of cultural pluralism/relativism, various members

What the frak are you talking about?: A discussion of Transhumanism, the post-human and its ethical implications. Or, why science fiction matters even more in the 21st Century

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” –Friedrich Nietzsche The Toronto Transhumanist Association is an organization which strives to promote proactive thinking about the ethical nature of technology in relation to