The ‘Virtue of Selfishness’ is foundational to MAGA’s worldview.

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The connection between Ayn Rand’s “Objectivist Ethics” and last week’s insurrection at the Capitol is not obvious. There were no picket signs featuring Rand’s face or slogans. No one was asking “Who is John Galt?” as they vandalized the rotunda. Still, Rand was present for Wednesday’s treason.

That’s because Rand…

Phosphorus is essential to life and the world is running out of it

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Roger Sylvester-Bradley is on a mission. He’s a crop scientist for ADAS, “the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy.” He’s growing barley and other crops using “legacy phosphorus” from previous harvests instead of industrial fertilizers rich with mined phosphate. He hopes to develop farming techniques that can…

Humans are transgressing planetary boundaries on several fronts

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In November of 2019, 11,000+ of the world’s foremost climate scientists published a bleak forecast of rising global temperatures that cannot be averted apart from drastic societal alterations the world over. It allows for little time to course-correct, meaning that the required changes will likely be painful. …

Trickle-down economics doesn’t work, but trickle-down ideology certainly does.

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I was 27, newly married, and working a low-paying job in retail when I got a letter from a shadowy organization that called itself the Neo-Tech Society. The letter referred to me by my first name and informed me that the Society’s elders had been keeping a close watch on…

And the fight against antibiotic resistance is intimately linked to the fight against climate change.

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In August 2009, 9-year-old camper Brock Ward crashed his scooter and gave himself a mild case of road rash (IDSA). Brock kept an evolving assortment of cuts, scrapes, and bruises — he played football and other rough sports and loved challenging himself in the outdoors. …

Ecosystem services provide an abundance of economic value

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In 1998, Dr. Melissa Marschke of the University of Ottawa traveled to Koh Sralao to study resource governance strategies in Cambodia. In her book, Life, Fish and Mangroves, she relates her astonishing experience dwelling near the area’s lush mangrove forest and its diverse species of birds, monkeys, and marine life…

While he retreated to the White House

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On Wednesday, President Trump addressed an angry crowd of his supporters at the National Mall. He vowed that he would “never concede” defeat in the 2020 election and encouraged the mob to descend on the Capitol. Additionally, he incited his supporters to “take back our country” during a largely ceremonial…

Dustin T. Cox

I write about movies, books, culture, politics, and the intersection between them. MA in English, words in The Ascent, PSILU, The Writing Cooperative, and more.

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