Infant Politics | Aleister Crowley’s Buddhism | Crime & Sneezing

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Infant Political Agency: Redrawing the Epistemic Boundaries of Democratic Inclusion

Andre S. Campos European Journal of Political Theory

“One of the suggestions to bypass the epistemic requirement of political agency and to encourage the inclusion of infants in representative democracies is to resort to proxies or surrogates who share or advocate interests which may be coincidental with their interests… This article offers an alternative to this conceptual frame of reference by making a case for the political agency of infants…”

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Wishing You a Speedy Termination of Existence’: Aleister Crowley’s Views on Buddhism and Its Relationship with the Doctrine of Thelema

Goran Djurdjevic Aries

“Aleister Crowley was considerably influenced by the doctrines of Theravāda Buddhism, which he studied in his youth, both theoretically and practically. He correlated its principles to the principles of scientific agnosticism and considered that its objectives could also be achieved through the practice of ceremonial magic. His eventual acceptance of Thelema’s religious philosophy led to his ultimate renunciation of Buddhism as a worldview. This essay examines Crowley’s early writings on the subject of Buddhism and suggests that the presence of Buddhist theories remains quite significant in his formulation of the doctrine of Thelema.”

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More Sneezing, Less Crime? Health Shocks and the Market for Offenses

Aaron Chalfin et al. Journal of Health Economics

“This research finds novel evidence that crime is sensitive to health shocks. We consider the responsiveness of crime to a pervasive and common health shock which we argue shifts costs and benefits for offenders and victims: seasonal allergies. Leveraging daily variation in city-specific pollen counts, we present evidence that violent crime declines in U.S. cities on days in which the local pollen count is unusually high and that these effects are driven by residential violence…”

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