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Peter Singer

Peter Singer
By November 28, 2006

Peter Singer has made a career out of demanding that ordinary people take responsibility for the great power they wield. In a groundbreaking 1972 essay, Singer argued that when middle- and upper-middle-class people fail to donate their money to prevent … Read More

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Faisal Alam

Faisal Alam
By November 28, 2006

Faisal Alam’s 1997 nervous breakdown was a watershed moment in the history of gay rights. The Connecticut-raised, Pakistani-born practicing Muslim had been dumped by his suspicious fiancée and humiliated at his mosque for using a gay chatline. Many other gay … Read More

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William Upski Wimsatt

William Upski Wimsatt
By November 28, 2006

It started with the word nigger. Louis Farrakhan’s son Abnar Jew-baited his high school classmate William Upski Wimsatt, who countered with the N-word. Farrakhan slammed him to the locker room floor. Which got young Wimsatt thinking: How could his love … Read More

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Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto
By November 28, 2006

Forget about a glorious future in which the global economic order is overthrown and the fat cats lie down with the lambs. Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto is more interested in what he can accomplish within the parameters of the … Read More

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The Artwork Of Banksy And Art Terrorism

The Artwork Of Banksy And Art Terrorism
By November 28, 2006

British “art terrorist” Banksy envisions a society in which art is no longer cloistered away in galleries and private collections, where it’s no longer whored out and sapped of vitality by commercial sponsors. Banksy imagines a city where art is … Read More

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Zell Kravinsky

Zell Kravinsky
By November 28, 2006

Hannah Arendt argued that during a time of collective moral failure there is no room to consider appearances—you just need to do the right thing. Though she never knew Zell Kravinsky, she might have been talking about him. A Philadelphia … Read More

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Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk
By November 28, 2006

Turkish writer and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk doesn’t mince his words. In a 2005 interview with the Swiss magazine Das Magazin, the novelist smashed two major taboos when he said, “Thirty thousand Kurds and a million Armenians were killed in … Read More

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Wafa Sultan

Wafa Sultan
By November 28, 2006

When Wafa Sultan starts talking about Islam, things get nasty. The Syrian-born, Los Angeles­–based psychiatrist has made a side career of questioning the Koran and being a militant advocate for free speech and inquiry in her faith. Sultan’s path toward … Read More

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