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In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell

In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays is, as the name reveals, a collection of essays written by Bertrand Russell. It was originally published in 1935. In the eponymous essay, Russell questions a central idea on which our society rests upon – the inherent value of work. This was a radical notion in 1935 and remains equally radical today although discussions on reducing the number of work hours do arise from time to time but they are often dismissed as unrealistic…

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag was published in 2003, only a year before Sontag died. In the book, which in some ways can be described as a longer essay, Sontag discusses the relationship between war, violence and photography. Is it possible to grow accustomed, and even indifferent, to images of war and suffering? And if so, what happens when we no longer react to such pictures?

Fixed Opinions or The Hinge of History by Joan Didion

Fixed Opinions or The Hinge of History is a short essay on the aftermath of 9/11 written by the American author Joan Didion. At its core, the essay is about the wide-spread inability to make the essential distinction between understanding and excusing which many failed to make then and continue to fail to make, especially in discussions concerning terrorism…

Prima Materia: texter i urval av Eva Moberg

Prima materia: texter i urval publicerades 2003 och är en samling texter av Eva Moberg skrivna mellan 1960-talet och 00-talet. I Prima materia får läsaren en översikt av hennes texter. Moberg var en radikal debattör som skrev om bland annat feminism, militarism och demokrati. Med sällsynt skärpa och syrlighet diskuterar Moberg politiska frågor som är lika relevanta nu som då…

Economics for Humans by Julie A. Nelson

Economics for Humans was published in 2006 and written by Julie A Nelson, a prominent feminist economist and Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts Boston. In Economics for Humans, Nelson seeks to answer how we could create and structure an economy not for imaginary “rational men” but for actual human beings…

The Sane Society by Erich Fromm

The Sane Society was published in 1955 and written by the German social psychologist Erich Fromm. Among other theorists such as Marcuse and Adorno, Fromm was a part of the first generation of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. He was interested in the psychological effects that large social systems have on individuals and the increasing sense of alienation that in part seems to characterize modern men…