Tagged: political

Hannah Arendt by Shy Abady

Some thoughts on art – part 2 (Arendt)

In an interesting article on freedom, where Arendt posits a different view of freedom that our contemporary liberal ideology can learn a lot from [sidenote: make a post on Arendt’s notion of freedom], Arendt has an interesting passage on art and the role of the artist. In a previous post on art and Zizek, the general line of thought was that for Zizek art seems to have debased the world. As I had concluded there:...

Freedom

The paradox of freedom (Karl Popper)

Having written on the paradox of choice (part 1 and part 2), it has come to my attention that there is a confusion between that paradox and paradox of freedom. For some reason, the current view of the paradox is that one is free, but is unable to be free: a form of an innate inability to act freely, while having all the opportunities to do so; or psychological habit to act according to some...

Karl Popper

The paradox of tolerance

The liberal ideology has a number of paradoxes. One that threatens liberalism at its core is the paradox of tolerance. It is without doubt that liberalism is an ideology of tolerance. The common argument from the liberal front sounds as follows: “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it!” This type of openness towards the other can be parasitic to the polity in question. For, if...

About this blog

About this blog

Ippolit Belinski You can submit all your interesting paradoxes that you want me to analyze, or take a look at, from my perspective. If you want to analyze a paradox yourself, there is the comments section. If that is not enough, drop me an email, and I will create a post with your name (in the long run, if there is going to be one, I just might make you a writer). You are welcome...

Holocaust memorial in Thessaloniki

The Holocaust denial paradox

A curious thought appears whenever you hear someone deny the Holocaust. After a brief repulsion towards the denier, you start thinking: what if he (again, usually a he) is right? What if indeed the holocaust did not happen? No Jews were murdered (nay, massacred), and no gas chambers existed? What if it is all set up? And then something interesting happens. You realize that the person denying the holocaust is someone who would be on...

Marx Engels monument in Berlin

Death of Marxism paradox – part 1

There is an intense debate on Marxism in the academia, on the validity of Marx’ theories, on the new Left and their use of Marxism, on how much Marx there is left in neo-Marxism, and so on. This debate, it seems, is primarily in the academia – one does not find much Marxism in politics, or public debates, or even worker unions. Is it valid, then, to say that Marxism is dead? And not only...

Sean Hannity and Russel Brand

Sean Hannity, Russell Brand, and the meaning of violence

This is probably not the last thoughts on violence that will pour out, and some passion is always involved when speaking of such issues. I have recently been sent a video about a ‘powerful’ response by Russell Brand to Sean Hannity from the Fox News. Certainly most people don’t even watch Fox News, and rightly so if Hannity is to be taken as a representative. Yet, there has been an interesting development that is troubling...