George Scialabba reviews Ralph Nader's new book, Corey Pein on the dark-enlightenment neoreactionaries, Kathleen Geier on what's wrong with the college kids today, and more

May 23, 2014
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COREY PEIN's very thorough, and slightly terrifying, piece from earlier this week, "Mouthbreathing Machiavellis Dream of a Silicon Reich" has gotten quite a response from the "dark enlightenment" neoreactionary movement that is the subject of his examination. Pein's detractors objected, perhaps, to his describing one of their leader's writings as "the pseudo-intellectual equivalent of a Gwar concert." You really don't want to miss this one.

GEORGE SCIALABBA reviewed Ralph Nader's new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, which outlines Nader's hopes for an anti-corporatist "convergence" movement.

In a celebration of "The Last Days of Abercrombie & Fitch," ALANA MASSEY described the blissfully-culturally-ignorant, chronically-mismanaged chain's new expansion into China-an effort which she predicts will fail, if all goes as planned.

JORDAN FRAADE explored the many connotations of the buzzword "density," an urban-policy development goal that is too often accompanied by yet another d-word, "displacement."

We celebrated O.G. feminist Margaret Fuller's 204th birthday by publishing KIM PHILLIPS-FEIN's essay on Fuller from the print archives, "The Threshold of Joy."

Finally, KATHLEEN GEIER vented about student protests against commencement speakers (when there's really so much else they should be protesting), and trigger warnings in the classroom.

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