Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization

Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization

Maria Popova December 20, 2022 “No matter how large the tissue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough … to cover the immensity of actuality.” The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people,” Adrienne Rich wrote in her beautiful 1975 speech on lying and […]

The Four Desires Driving All Human Behavior: Bertrand Russell’s Magnificent Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

The Four Desires Driving All Human Behavior: Bertrand Russell’s Magnificent Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Maria Popova November 28, 2022 “Nothing in the world is more exciting than a moment of sudden discovery or invention, and many more people are capable of experiencing such moments than is sometimes thought.” Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) endures as one of humanity’s most lucid and luminous minds — an oracle of timeless […]

TFF’s “Behind The Smokescreen” Report

TFF’s “Behind The Smokescreen” Report

Gordon Dumoulin Jan Oberg Thore Vestby The Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research Lund, Sweden • TFF@transnational.org • The Transnational • Ph +46 (0)738 525200 • August 6, 2021 • © TFF 2021 Photo: Yiran Ding, Shanghai, Splash 丁亦然 Download and share this report as PDF Table of Content IntroductionThe China Cold War Agenda as […]

Edward Curtin: Why is Everything Broken?

Edward Curtin: Why is Everything Broken?

Edward Curtin June 9, 2022 “Begin then with a fracture, a cesura, a rent; opening a crack in this fallen world, a shaft of light.” Norman O. Brown, Love’s Body Being sick for the past few weeks has had its advantages. It has forced me to take a break from writing since I could not concentrate enough […]

Edward Curtin: Review of “A Quest for Wisdom – Inspiring Purpose on the Path of Life”

Edward Curtin: Review of “A Quest for Wisdom – Inspiring Purpose on the Path of Life”

Edward Curtin June 13, 2022 This is a fascinating and beautiful book, one of those gems you serendipitously discover and shake your head at your good fortune. Although it is new and I received it as a gift, it reminds me of a few books I have discovered over the years while rummaging through used bookstores […]

Jan Oberg: Civilisation’s challenge – US imperial decline without global destruction

Jan Oberg: Civilisation’s challenge – US imperial decline without global destruction

Jan Oberg June 6, 2022 A shorter version was printed as my column in China Daily on the same day here. Empires go up and then they go down. None lasts forever. Imperial falls can be very dangerous. The Soviet Union dissolved thirty years ago. The US Empire is next in turn. In contrast to […]

“I went to teach but instead had to learn” – Bertrand Russell in Beijing 1920

“I went to teach but instead had to learn” – Bertrand Russell in Beijing 1920

Gordon DumoulinTFF Associate June 1, 2022 “When I went to China, I went to teach; but every day that I stayed I thought less of what I had to teach them and more of what I had to learn from them,” Bertrand Russell’s notes in 1920 (British Philosopher 1872-1970) In 1922, Bertrand Russell published a […]

Edward Curtin: It’s About Time

Edward Curtin: It’s About Time

Photo by Jiyeon Park on Unsplash Edward Curtin May 19, 2022 Isn’t it always? With the start of World War III by the United States “declaring” war against Russia by its actions in Ukraine, we have entered a time when the end of time has become very possible. I am speaking of nuclear annihilation. I look down […]

The NATO-Russia conflict played out in Ukraine and the Obvious Complicity of the US/NATO

The NATO-Russia conflict played out in Ukraine and the Obvious Complicity of the US/NATO

Cold War Against Russia – Without Debate A prophetic conversation from 2006 with professor Stephen F. Cohen (1938-2020) March 31, 2022 Read also, carefully Cold War Against Russia – Without Debate (2014)By Katrina vanden Heuvel & Stephen F. Cohen The Obama administration’s decision to isolate Russia, in a new version of “containment,” has met with […]

Edward Curtin: Nostalgic for the future

Edward Curtin: Nostalgic for the future

Edward Curtin February 11, 2022 Despite its pedigree as a fundamental element in civilization’s greatest stories, nostalgia has come to be associated with treacly sentimentality, defeatism, and spurious spiritual inclinations.  Homer, Vergil, Dante, the Biblical writers, and their ilk would demur, of course, but they have been dead for a few years, so progress’s mantra […]

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