A new issue of Film-Philosophy is out. Mary Leary (CUA): “Modern Day Slavery”: Implications of a Label. 2015 is the year America finally went bonkers. Is cultural appropriation the bogeyman it’s made out to be? The effects of exposure to violence on aggressive behavior: The case of Arab and Jewish children in Israel. To attack cultural appropriation as offensive or insensitive is to attack culture itself, and just as absurd — everything from the food we eat to the Christmas many are about to celebrate is the result of cultural fusion. Jack Dunphy reviews Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City by Ray Kelly. NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton invites former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly to “be a big man”. New research shows just how much presidents try to manipulate public opinion. Jeffrey Petts reviews Waste: A Philosophy of Things by William Viney. Who won 2015? Rembert Browne figures it out.

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