Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

From The RS Archives Issue 95: November 11, 1971 We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive. …” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and … Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Why We Curse | What the F***? Steve Pinker

First printed in TNR in October 2007 Fucking became the subject of congressional debate in 2003, after NBC broadcast the Golden Globe Awards. Bono, lead singer of the mega-band U2, was accepting a prize on behalf of the group and in his euphoria exclaimed, “This is really, really, fucking brilliant” on the air. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is charged with monitoring the nation’s airwaves … Continue reading Why We Curse | What the F***? Steve Pinker

The Sayings of Eugene Debs

Eugene V. Debs was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and five times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States. Through his presidential candidacies, as well as his work with labor movements, Debs eventually became one of the best-known socialists living in the United … Continue reading The Sayings of Eugene Debs

Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012 By Rex Huppke

Originally appearing in the Chicago Tribune in April 2012 A quick review of the long and illustrious career of Facts reveals some of the world’s most cherished absolutes: Gravity makes things fall down; 2 + 2 = 4; the sky is blue. But for many, Facts’ most memorable moments came in simple day-to-day realities, from a child’s certainty of its mother’s love to the comforting … Continue reading Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012 By Rex Huppke

Where has all the rage gone? – Tariq Ali

A storm swept the world in 1968. It started in Vietnam, then blew across Asia, crossing the sea and the mountains to Europe and beyond. A brutal war waged by the US against a poor south-east Asian country was seen every night on television. The cumulative impact of watching the bombs drop, villages on fire and a country being doused with napalm and Agent Orange … Continue reading Where has all the rage gone? – Tariq Ali

“J’accuse …!” (1898)

“J’accuse …!” was an open letter published on 13 January 1898 in the newspaper L’Aurore by the influential writer Émile Zola. In the letter, Zola addressed President of France Félix Faure and accused the government of anti-Semitism and the unlawful jailing of Alfred Dreyfus, a French Army General Staff officer who was sentenced to life-long penal servitude for espionage. Zola notes judicial errors and lack … Continue reading “J’accuse …!” (1898)