Sunday Rumpus Political Links

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I swear to God if I hear one more thing about Sarah Palin I’m going to snap, so this week, The Rumpus is giving you a roundup of political links that are a lot more interesting than anything ever written by or about her. This may or may not continue, depending on whether people like it.

Has religion made it harder to get treatment for PTSD?

Hannah Arendt’s  “intellectually toxic relationship” with Heidegger. Also, “the banality of evil” as “an almost infallible sign of shallow thinkers attempting to seem intellectually sophisticated.” My undergrad advisor would not have approved.

Sherman Alexie speaks about 9/11 on October 10, 2001. (HT)

Should the U.S. send money to fight AIDS to African countries that “that jail homosexuals, invent new crimes such as “aggravated homosexuality” (Uganda), threaten death penalties for homosexuals, require citizen-informants to identify homosexuals and scapegoat gay Africans”? (via)

At Guernica, “Chronicles of a Soviet Capitalist.


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →