The Olympic Games: Consecrating Globalization

Michel A Rizzotti We have come a long way since the first Olympic Games were held in ancient Greece. The original Olympiads were essentially a religious ceremony created in honor of Zeus, the dominant god of the Greek pantheon. Today the Olympics have become an international sporting event involving most countries on the planet and […]

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Thank You Librarians

Who would have guessed that unassuming librarians would be the inconspicuous defenders of free speech in the darkest days in US’ history. Thanks to their dedicated efforts and behind the scenes networking, Michael Moore was finally able to publish his book Stupid White Men.

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From Backlash to Messianism

Ramblings about the dire consequences of the advent of the Working Group on Financial Markets and the implementation of Executive Order 12631. As a result, the healthy separation between the government and the financial markets has been dissolved, creating in the process the use of the government’s power and resources to sustain the financial markets’ misallocation of capital into excessive and speculative market’s swings.

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Mythical Process in Ideology, Culture and Religion

An outline of basic concepts: the sacred, the profane and their dynamic interaction. This dynamic opens the ways to the wholly other. Not in terms of a wholly alterity, although it begins as such, but in terms of a wholly embracing totality.

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

February 4th 2006 marked the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A remarkable German theologian. Bonhoeffer was involved in several clandestine missions to help Jewish people escape Nazi Germany. He also participated in failed plots to overthrow and assassinate the Fuhrer. His unpatriotic actions led him to the gallows. He was executed on April 9th 1945. Only three weeks prior to the end of the war.

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Swollen Unsustainable Vehicles (SUVs)

Freedom in the US is predominantly lived in terms of mobility. From the beginning, the early settlers escaped religious persecution as a way to salvation. The great migration to the West signified a break away from an unsettling past and the hope for a better future. Today the car is the symbolic representation of that mobility, and freedom. However, this mobility is being constrained by high oil prices and a growing number of bigger vehicles on roads that have remained the same size for decades, constricting the arterial essence of mobility.

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Significant Other

Our tribute to Simone de Beauvoir: An overdue acknowledgment of her contribution to philosophy. The contents of the latter were mostly credited to her celebrated life long companion, Jean-Paul Sartre. Her invaluable analysis of a devalued notion of the Other as an essential part in the expansion of Being.

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The Da Vinci Code & Mary Magdalene

Thanks to Dan Brown’s book, the overshadowed heroine was brought back to the forefront, raising several controversial questions about her relationship with Jesus and her role in his ministry. The much talked about secret code of the Holy Grail is given a different spin. Especially in view that the Gospels are also literary works, revealing the importance played by the metaphor.

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Corporatism

Similarities between the rise of Fascism in Italy and forays of US Corporations in the Capital, resulting in the creation of a new body politic. The subsequent advent of the consumer who has unceremoniously displaced the citizen as the pillar of Democracy.

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Lady Di: A Media Consecrated Icon

In this essay we explore how the media has dislocated the legitimate role of religious institutions in providing traditional forms of religious experience to the masses.

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