Free higher education in the USA: why it’s long overdue

I once had a friend who thought it was fine to scream at and abuse her employees. Her reasoning was that her employees would of course understand that they were free to scream back. I pointed out that she was ignoring the economic reality of the situation, namely that she could fire her employees but […]

Louis Vuitton’s allegory of Christ: unpacking LV’s enigmatic ad campaign

Louis Vuitton’s new one-minute film tells us much about the world’s most desirable luggage company, and just as much about ourselves: our history, and our society and its hopes, its day dreams, and its anxieties. The film’s title — L’Invitation Au Voyage (“Invitation to the Voyage” — is taken from the poem of the same […]

DressAddict launches “intellectual clothes” collection

Ukranian fashion design company DressAddict has just launched its latest men’s and women’s collections. Founded by Artem Gryshchenko and Victor Victorov, DressAddict describes itself as a “unique brand of the modern intellectual” clothing, whose aesthetic embodies “freedom, simplicity and space.” Individual garments are designed through modeling, cutting, and experimenting with the actual cloth, to create […]

The despiritualization of the West: reflections on Nicolas Berdyaev

My long-term ongoing project involves reading backwards into the critique of modernity, resurrecting from the archive writers who fifty, seventy-five, or even one hundred years ago, intuited prophetically where such trends as democracy, utilitarianism, and the technocratic conception of science were taking mankind – and who foresaw accurately just how deformed morally and socially Western […]

Toward a Holistic Politics

Although a relatively obscure thinker in the English-speaking world, it is to the German theorist Oswald Spengler that we must look to find the influence on much of the political thought of the West. Huntington’s “clash of civilization” thesis is Spenglarian, as is Walter Laquer’s Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent and […]

Russia to create Eurasian Union

Closer cooperation between Moscow, Minsk and Astana will mean that a supranational parliament, the Eurasian Assembly, will be established says Armen Oganesyan, editor-in-chief of the Russian policy magazine Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn. The immediate reason for the creation of the Assembly is, ostensibly, that Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan are currently preparing to launch the Eurasian Economic Union […]

French spiritual author Rene Guenon translated into Farsi

In recent decades the writings of French metaphysician Rene Guenon (1886-1951) have been quietly gaining more adherents in the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans. Guenon is one of the few Western spiritual thinkers to attract the attention of contemporary Muslim thinkers, although his influence is largely confined to non-political, esoterically-inclined members of the faith. […]