Marx-ish: Why a New Generation of Political Thinkers Is Taking Up the Communist Philosopher

by Kyle Chayka from Pacific Standard (Photo: Arcady/Shutterstock) “To the disappointment of my friends … I seem to have become a Marxist public intellectual,” begins the introduction of the novelist (and erstwhile Marxist public intellectual) Benjamin Kunkel’s new book,Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis. The short collection of essays introduces readers to…

Inside the Mind of a Mass Killer

by Tom Jacobs from Pacific Standard In trying to understand the actions of a mass murderer, our instinct is to grasp blindly for answers, settling on one that feels right. Setting aside the debate over access to guns, this often comes down to a lay diagnosis that the shooter was probably a psychopath—cold, unfeeling, heartless. A…

For Parents and Teachers Alike: The Common Core #FAQ

from NPR The Common Core State Standards have vaulted into the national consciousness lately thanks to some high-profile dissenters, like Louis C.K. (“Kids teachers parents are vocally suffering.”) and Stephen Colbert (“Common Core testing is preparing students for what they’ll face as adults — pointless stress and confusion.”) The nprED team is here to help by answering 25 questions (and counting)…

MAP: Where offending a religion could get you executed

BY ISHAAN THAROOR from Washington Post   A shocking case in Sudan has returned the anachronistic charge of “apostasy” to the front pages. A Sudanese woman gave birth to her child this week in prison. She has been sentenced to death by hanging under sharia law for having married a Christian man and converted to his religion.…