Berny Belvedere
Berny Belvedere

Berny Belvedere is a professor of philosophy and a writer based in Miami, Florida. He is also editor-in-chief of Arc. Follow him on Twitter @bernybelvedere.

The Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2017

It’s time for one of my favorite genres: the end-of-year listicle. So before we shift our attention to 2018, let’s reflect on some of the best music to come out in 2017.

Trump Officials’ Luxe Travel Spending Makes Swamp-Draining Promises Look Like Hypocrisy

Top federal officials like Steve Mnuchin seem to think taxpayers owe them private charter flights at top expense.

Facebook Makes More Money If You’re Addicted To The Internet And Fake News

Facebook claims to ‘build community’ and ‘bring the world closer together.’ Its actual mission is maximal monetization by exploiting users through monopolistic surveillance.

These 5 Statues Are A Disgrace To The Country And Need To Be Torn Down Immediately

There can be no debate about the propriety of keeping the following statues intact. There is only one side: they must be smashed.

Arcade Fire’s Newest Album Has Plenty Of Technological Angst, But No Melodic Genius

Unlike previous albums, ‘Everything Now’ features little to no music excellence—which means its heavy philosophical lyrics fall flat.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Is A Small Show Pretending To Be Big

‘Game of Thrones’ rarely focuses on aspects of the human condition unrelated to power struggles. It is a prolonged depiction of the singular, relentless pursuit of power.

Should You Kill Your Child To Save The World?

Try this thought experiment. Decipher what the correct view of morality ought to be and determine whether your moral intuitions are valid.

James Harden Should Be This Year’s MVP, Not Russell Westbrook

Lost in the Westbrook mania is the fact that the Bearded One is matching him stat for stat, all while shooting fewer shots and securing a far more impressive win total for his team.

Christian Organization Apologizes For Featuring Christian Views On Homosexuality

At a Christian philosophical conference, Oxford University professor Richard Swinburne suggested homosexuality is like a disability. His talk sponsors have apologized; his coarse detractors have not.

Don’t Take To Twitter To Respond To Terror

The problem is not that each side is so passionate; the problem, rather, is that this process is structurally hostile to sound reasoning and sober judgment.

Elon Musk Prefers Living Inside A Computer Game To God

If our transhuman overlords are interested in running simulations in order to learn things about humanity, why run the simulations with characters who are conscious of pain?

4 Biggest Headlines Heading Into The NBA Finals

This year in the NBA finals: A rematch of the game’s two biggest stars on the game’s biggest stage.

How Brussels Will Affect The U.S. Presidential Race

Voters think Ted Cruz is very competitive with Donald Trump at being tough on terrorism.

Donald Trump Will Get Out The Vote—For Democrats

No other candidate in the field can match — let alone eclipse — Hillary Clinton’s abiding unpopularity like Donald Trump can.

How Trumpism Emulates Megachurches

Donald Trump supporters think it’s more important to be part of a movement than they care to analyze whether that movement will get them to the place they want to be.

Don’t Like Trump? Then Stop Watching And Clicking On Him

If viewers didn’t care about Donald Trump, the media would turn their attention to something else.

The 411 On Iowa Caucus Night

Here’s what the Iowa caucus-goers are like who reportedly will hand Donald Trump a win on February 1.

Why Obama’s Rhetoric Fails

President Obama’s rhetoric is wildly out of step with his performance. That’s why people like to listen to him but don’t believe a word he says.

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Care That Everyone Thinks She’s A Liar

Because she’ll probably get elected anyway.

Top 10 Storylines To Watch This NBA Season

The West will be a bloodbath, MVP likelies, and more out of the NBA season that opens tonight.