Thomas Ponniah

Thomas Ponniah, Ph.D, was a Lecturer on Social Studies, Assistant Director of Studies, and Faculty Associate of the Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics at Harvard University from 2003-2011. He taught courses on modern social and political thought, the philosophy and methods of the social sciences, globalization and global justice. He is currently an affiliate of Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

His rabble column offers commentary on contemporary social, political and cultural ideas, issues and events.

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May 8, 2013

The Sword of Damocles

In his newest bestseller, Anti-Fragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, Nassim Nicholas Taleb utilizes myths to illustrate three types of exposure to the unpredictable.
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May 1, 2013

Henry Giroux and critical pedagogy

Professor Henry Giroux, one of North America's most famous theorists, will be speaking at a conference on "Rethinking Pedagogy" at George Brown College on Thursday, May 16.
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Apr 24, 2013

Soviet-IMF chic

Nassim Nicholas Taleb's work in "The Black Swan" is at its most brilliant when he points out the dangers that centralized forms of decision-making produce.
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Apr 17, 2013

The Black Swan: Part 1

In his provocative book The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb points out that human beings, and especially economists, regularly misinterpret reality.
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Apr 10, 2013

Modern self-mastery

What does it mean to be modern? In terms of the individual, the adjective "modern" denotes a psyche that takes its orientation from an ethic of self-control.
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Apr 3, 2013

The global state of humanity

The latest United Nations Human Development Report compiles statistics on life expectancy, education and access to human resources in order to compose the Human Development Index.
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Mar 27, 2013

The progress of nations

The latest United Nations Human Development Report provides like no other a comprehensive snapshot of the progress and regress of nations.
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Mar 13, 2013

The legacy of President Hugo Chavez

Chávez will not be remembered simply as a politician who alleviated his country's rate of poverty. Instead he will be reminisced as a man, and perhaps already as a legend, who empowered the poor.

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