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Old, underground, forgotten — let’s rewatch these laugh-out-loud masterpieces.

Some movies hurt you bad; they make you cry, shudder, crawl under your weighted blanket with a bottle of scotch and wish the day had never started and you were still yesternight, innocent and unblemished by what you just watched.

Other movies make you laugh.

I love both kinds but, surprisingly enough, find myself watching the latter category a bit more often.

We tend to assume that humour is a concept deeply rooted in the zeitgeist. We may believe that comedies from far ago or far away will not make us laugh because of cultural differences or changes in our…

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A culture that demands purity of thought and offers no pardon for past errors either ends up in tyranny or ruin.

Alexi McCammond is a young, promising journalist who, aged 27 only, covered Joe Biden’s presidential campaign for Axios. She had been hired to serve as Teen Vogue top editor and was due to start in the coming weeks when tweets she had penned ten years ago resurfaced. They contained racist and homophobic words that McCammond had shared as a teenager and for which she had already publicly apologised in 2019. “Past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about,” she shared in a statement; they have also overshadowed her act of…

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Billionaires are more liquid than you, me, or the Pacific Ocean, so, please, stop using this asinine argument.

Whenever the topic of taxing wealth is mentioned, someone will end up saying that we can’t tax billionaires’ wealth because “they are not liquid.” The reasoning goes that since billionaires’ wealth is “in their company, not yachts,” levying a tax on their wealth would force them to sell stocks, reducing their control over their company. If you believe the anti-taxxers, this would, in the end, remove all incentives towards entrepreneurship, work, and the pursuit of happiness itself.

Obviously, the only reason we all work is that we hope to become a billionaire one day. …

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Oppositions to minimum wage and unionisation tell you all about the value shareholders place in their workers.

The wealthiest Americans have added at least one trillion dollars to their wealth since the start of the pandemic. Yet, these billionaires’ companies try everything to prevent their workers from unionising. Amazon, and Tesla, thanks to their CEOs being the world’s first and second richest men, are but the two most visible tips of a generalised iceberg of greed and financial injustice.

The recent failure from Congress to increase the minimum wage to $15 is another blow to the most vulnerable workers. Since 2009, the minimum wage has stagnated at $7.25. Its purchasing power peaked in…1968 when it reached $11.76…

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Trumpism just held its first ideological conference: we ought to be scared of its pro-Civil-War message and nazi symbolism.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou’s wisdom has always evaded political commentators. For years before his elections, experts and journalists dismissed Trump as a joke. They didn’t take his words seriously; neither did they take the man. He was nothing but a buffoon that Washington and its power-brokers would tame should he ever be elected. Trump always showed who he was, and everybody ignored it.

It culminated in the insurrection of January 6, 2021. This day and the infamy it brought on the history of the United States was quintessentially Trumpian. Trump…

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It started with reading responses to my Trump stories. It ended up in a wonderland of hate, self-entitlement, and racism.

“Why did I read this?” That’s the question I’ve been asking myself for the better part of the last four hours as I delved into a yet-unbeknownst-to-me part of Medium: the world of pro-Trump writers.

It started with reading the responses to a recently published piece about Trump’s “Office of the former president.” Some are supportive; others include constructive criticism; most, however, try to show me how wrong and stupid I am.

As Daisybeagle writes, I am “blind to reality” and a “disgrace and disappointment” for my parents, who have to see my “education wasted on such drivel.”

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Dominion and Smartmatic defamation suits may shape the future of America, for better or worse.

Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, has now officially joined the ranks of those sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems. Along with Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, Lindell was Dominion’s most prominent accuser, claiming the election-technology company had conspired with Hugo Chavez and Kim Jong Un to overturn the November election results.

One of the most improbable fascists to have emerged from the Trump era, Lindell’s apparent insanity has no equal but his evident zeal. He found himself involved in the highest rungs of government, close to Trump at every significant turn. …

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What the current stock and crypto investment frenzies tell us about our societies and their inequalities.

Gamestop, weed stocks, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies: a trading frenzy driven by small retail investors has taken hold of the world in early 2021. People who had never bought stock see their friends and acquaintances become overnight millionaires and want to join in on the action. Some will become rich; many will make a decent profit; more will lose all their savings.

Reading the discussions on online forums like r/WallStreetBets or r/Cryptocurrency paints a frightening picture. People are flocking to highly volatile assets in the hopes that it will make them rich fast and easy. Some complain that their investments don’t…

A scandal ignited a wave of testimonies, bringing the topic of incest to the centre of the stage. In a country where 10% of the population is a victim, speech liberation is essential

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There is one universal taboo: incest. Studying the fundamental structures of human societies, Claude Lévi-Strauss, the distinguished anthropologist, posited that its prohibition was the foundation of civilisation itself. Forbidding incest legally or culturally, he argued, takes us from a state of nature to one of culture. How then can we interpret the recent revelations that have shaken France to its moral core? How can a country so proud of its enlightenment be so obscurantist when it comes to the basest crime?

In her book La Familia Grande, published in January 2021, Camille Kouchner accuses her step-father, a prominent professor and…

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