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Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
Ulli Diemer
Comment and analysis from a libertarian perspective on topics such as censorship and freedom of speech, political correctness, double standards, identity politics, post-modernism, media bias, atheism, secularism, and archives and ...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

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Anti-Science: Left and Right Together?
A Systematic Attack on Rationality
Pulaski, Stosh
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The suggestion that left and right thinking may be converging on matters scientific will, no doubt, be offensive to some on the left. After all, the right chooses myth over evolution, and oil profits ...
Bangladesh and the shrinking space for free thinkers: 'Don't call me Muslim, I am an atheist'
Taslima, Nasreen
Article
2015
Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières
Writer Taslima Nasreen fled Bangladesh in 1994 when extremists threatened to kill her for criticizing Islam, and has been living in exile since. Her country has, in recent times, seen many intellectua...
Breaking the Spell of Stupid Opinions
Schieder, Elsa
Article
2006
When someone is outside the hold of a stupid opinion, its inanity is so apparent that one wonders how it could ever be held by anyone. But when people are caught believing something that isn't reality...
Critical thinking
Connexipedia Article
Article
The purposeful and reflective judgement about what to believe or what to do in response to observations, experience, verbal or written expressions, or arguments.
The Enlightenment
Connexipedia Article
Article
A term used to describe a time in Western philosophy and cultural life, centered upon the eighteenth century.
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
Canadian Dimension - Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Judging Authority
Lipps, Jere
Article
2004
Skeptical Inquirer
We are often required to accept the word of another person, but how can we best judge whether or not that person is a legitimate authority?
A Marxist History of the World part 45: The Enlightenment
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
What gave the Enlightenment its subversive, politically corrosive character was its critique of institutions and practices which appeared comparatively irrational in the light of modern thinking, argu...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 30, 2016
Conflict of interest
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices shines a light on the murky world of conflict of interest, the hidden reality that often underlies appearances of neutrality, objectivity, and due process. Conflicts of inte...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016
Depression and Joy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
It’s a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence t...
Post 9/11 Conspiracism
Article
2006
Political Research Associates - PublicEye.org
The tendency to explain all major world events as primarily the product of a secret conspiracy is called conspiracism. The antidote to conspiracism is Power Structure Research.
The Rain On Our Parade
A Letter To My Dismal Allies
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2012
Tom Dispatch
O rancid sector of the far left, please stop your grousing! Compared to you, Eeyore sounds like a Teletubby. If I gave you a pony, you would not only be furious that not everyone has a pony, but you w...
Rationality/Science
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1995
Chomsky writes: "It strikes me as remarkable that the left today should seek to deprive oppressed people not only of the joys of understanding and insight, but also of tools of emancipation, informing...
Screw Loose Change Video
Website
This is a counter-video of the famous "Loose Change 2nd Edition". Using their own video and words, "Screw Loose Change" debunks the theories and statements made in Loose Change 2nd Edition.
The Skeptic's Dictionary
Website
A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions.
Stupid Opinion #1: All Opinions are Equal
Schieder, Elsa
Article
2006
People say, "Don't be judgmental" - as if we shouldn't evaluate behaviour, from amazingly loving to atrocious. Many intone, "No one has the right to judge opinions" - as if racist opinions, say, had t...
When 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Go Bad
Corn, David
Article
2002
AlterNet
Aren't these conspiracy theories too silly to address? That should be the case. But, sadly, they do attract people.

Sources Bookshelf

A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense
Find Your Inner Chomsky
Baillargeon, Normand
Book
2005
What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through everyday spin and jargon -- from politics to advertising, from...


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