Our cherished friend Liberty reveals herself as a naked lie

In the 1960s and 1970s, it was possible to buy soft-porn postcards of a girl clad in a bikini or wearing a dress; but when you moved the postcard a little bit or looked at it from a slightly different perspective, the dress magically disappeared and you could see the girl’s naked body. This is parallax at its purest: the apparent change in an object caused by a shift in the observational position that allows[ …]

Thanks, But We’ll Do It Ourselves

Amish communities routinely practice the institution of rumspringa (from the German herumspringen, to jump around). At 17, their children (who until then have been subjected to strict family discipline) are set free and allowed, solicited even, to go out and experience the ways of the “American” world around them. They drive cars, listen to pop music, watch TV and get involved in drinking, drugs and wild sex. After a couple of years, they are expected[ …]

The constitution is dead. Long live proper politics

Amish communities practise the institution of rumspringa. At 17 their children, until then subject to strict family discipline, are set free. They are allowed, solicited even, to go out and experience the ways of the modern world – they drive cars, listen to pop music, watch TV and get involved in drinking, drugs and wild sex. After a couple of years they are expected to decide: will they return to be full members of the[ …]

The colour of the truth

The Amish practise the tradition of rumspringa . At 18, their children, who have since birth been subjected to strict family discipline, are set free. They are allowed, solicited even, to go out and experience the ways of the “English” – pop music, TV, drinking, drugs and sex. A couple of years later, they have to decide whether to return to the Amish community or to live as ordinary Americans. Far from allowing the youngsters[ …]