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Patricia Marino
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That Feeling Of Moral Superiority
Here is one of my first world problems. Sometimes in the course of my day, I find myself at coffee places that have only paper cups. Using a paper cup seems wasteful and bad for the environment. I know I could address this by carrying a mug around. But fran...
Here is one of my first world problems. Sometimes in the course of my day, I find myself at coffee places that have only paper cups. Using a paper cup seems wasteful and bad for the environment. I know I could address this by...
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The Purchasable Versus The Good: Economic Theory And The Problem Of What Gets Counted
I was reading this interesting post about the role that the "credentialed class" plays in creating societal disasters -- like the opioid epidemic -- when I got thinking about the connections and disconnections between economics, capitalism, and value judgem...
I was reading this interesting post about the role that the "credentialed class" plays in creating societal disasters -- like the opioid epidemic -- when I got thinking about the connections and disconnections between economi...
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Fiction, Investment Banking, And The Creation Of Reality
Last month I read this amazing novel called The Mark and the Void , nominally about a French guy who works in an investment bank in Dublin in the wake of the great financial crash of 2008, but really about global capitalism, the Greek economic crisis, the c...
Last month I read this amazing novel called The Mark and the Void, nominally about a French guy who works in an investment bank in Dublin in the wake of the great financial crash of 2008, but really about global capitalism, t...
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Are Internet Trolls Otherwise Ordinary People?
Trolls from a kinder, gentler era. I used to think that people being horrible assholes on the internet were, generally speaking, people who were horrible assholes off the internet. I thought they were exceptional, unusual -- the kind of people that if you m...
Trolls from a kinder, gentler era. I used to think that people being horrible assholes on the internet were, generally speaking, people who were horrible assholes off the internet. I thought they were exceptional, unusual --...
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A Life-Affirming Moment By The Side Of The Chicago River
A sailboat waits patiently. Last week I was visiting Chicago, and I was walking around with my friend, and just as we got to crossing the Chicago River over a bridge, alarms started going off. Lights were flashing, cars had to stop, and guys in reflective o...
A sailboat waits patiently. Last week I was visiting Chicago, and I was walking around with my friend, and just as we got to crossing the Chicago River over a bridge, alarms started going off. Lights were flashing, cars had t...
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French Islamophobia, Fashion, And Freedom
From Tommy Hilfiger's Ramadan Collection Here at TKIN we usually avoid the low-hanging fruit. I figure, if something is just really obviously stupid and wrong, you don't really need a whole blog post about it. But we're making an exception today -- because ...
From Tommy Hilfiger's Ramadan Collection Here at TKIN we usually avoid the low-hanging fruit. I figure, if something is just really obviously stupid and wrong, you don't really need a whole blog post about it. But we're makin...
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I Liked Ghostbusters (2016)
I saw the new Ghostbusters movie on Sunday and I liked it. Thoughts: 1. There were many small, funny jokes that were also commentary on gender politics -- like when Abby is scrolling down the comments and reads out "Ain't no bitches gonna hunt no ghosts." B...
I saw the new Ghostbusters movie on Sunday and I liked it. Thoughts: 1. There were many small, funny jokes that were also commentary on gender politics -- like when Abby is scrolling down the comments and reads out "Ain't no ...
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Skepticism About Economic Efficiency Isn't Stupid
On Sunday the New York Times ran this think piece about how maybe "economic efficiency" isn't all its cracked up to be, or at least isn't the only thing in life. The main point of the piece is that overall economic growth isn't the only thing people care ab...
On Sunday the New York Times ran this think piece about how maybe "economic efficiency" isn't all its cracked up to be, or at least isn't the only thing in life. The main point of the piece is that overall economic growth isn...
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The Pernicious Illusion Of User-Generated Neutrality
I feel like this there's this dream in late-capitalist societies that somehow you can write a neutral set of rules for human interaction -- that is, a way of setting up a set of rules or procedures that doesn't rely on contentious and messy stuff like what ...
I feel like this there's this dream in late-capitalist societies that somehow you can write a neutral set of rules for human interaction -- that is, a way of setting up a set of rules or procedures that doesn't rely on conten...
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Medical Metaphors, Mistakes, and Metaphysics
Years ago a friend of mine got a dog -- a tiny puppy. I didn't see my friend for a while, and the next time we got together, the dog had grown enormously: he was now a largish-sized dog. When I commented on this, my friend put his hand down near the dog's n...
Years ago a friend of mine got a dog -- a tiny puppy. I didn't see my friend for a while, and the next time we got together, the dog had grown enormously: he was now a largish-sized dog. When I commented on this, my friend pu...
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The Two Faces Of Branding
A couple of months ago I read Eddie Huang's book Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir . If you haven't read it, it's about his life growing up as an Asian-American in the US and doing all kinds of different high-intensity activities like getting into fights, going ...
A couple of months ago I read Eddie Huang's book Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir. If you haven't read it, it's about his life growing up as an Asian-American in the US and doing all kinds of different high-intensity activities l...
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Portrait Of An Artist As A Woman: Saint Phalle, Subversiveness, and Sex
Lifesaver fountain by Niki de Saint Phalle in Duisburg, Germany. Photo by JuergeunG , reproduced here under Creative Commons License . I don't know if you happened to read Ariel Levy's recent New Yorker profile of the artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who built ...
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I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.  Check out my webpage here. I write occasional philosophical reflections on modern life at thekramerisnow.blogspot.com
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