Education

Education is not just about education for college, or for a career. Education does include vocational education, but it must also include education for critical thinking, and education for citizenship. Character education must be included in...

The Poor: Invisible and Disposable

The poor are largely invisible, which is largely the reason why the poor are so easily disposable.                                                                

Coercive Power

          The state possesses a monopoly in the weapons of discipline and coercion. Anarchism and democracy seek an association wherein coercive power is no longer the constituent element of social cohesion.  There is a tendency to associate...

Stability and Change

Everything changes over time.  Societies change through time.  But this fact does not mean that society must also be unstable, or unsteady.  To be stable, a society does not have to be static.  Justice, equality, and peace are necessary for...

Politics

Communism is not the end of politics, although it is the end of oligarchic politics.  If communism is the end of class division, then it is also the end of class struggle, which will be the end of politics based on class warfare. The...

Neither Entrance Nor Exit

Most ideological capitalists seem to believe that there has always been capitalism, that capitalism is natural, necessary, normal, etc.  They can find no entrance, no beginning of capitalism.  One of the contributions of Karl Marx is his...

Capitalism and Statism

Both capitalism and statism assume the necessity for a directing authority. The obedience demanded of subjects, both in the state and in the workplace, is assumed to be natural, necessary, and normative.  Servile propositions engender servile...

Emancipation of Political and Economic Theory

Democratic anarchism is the emancipation of political theory from from its long servitude to statism, just as socialist mutualism is the emancipation of economic theory from its long servitude to capitalism.  Democratic socialism seeks to...

Names, Words, Terms, Ideas, Laws, etc.

All names, words, terms, ideas, laws, etc. become new when they are transferred from their present context to another.                                                    

Rule of Law

We often hear people talking affirmatively, agreeably, even affectionately about the rule of law.  I ask:  What law?  Whose law?  Which law?  There are different laws.  Capital rules by distinctive laws.  The market rules us by its...

Society and Government

"Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness." -- William Godwin (1756-1836, British journalist, political philosopher and    novelist, exponent of utilitarianism, proponent of anarchism)                      

Elections

"Whatever I do will depend on whether or not it will help me get the nomination." -- George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924, American politician, 41st    President of the United States)                        

Capitalism

"Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation at the opposite pole." -- Karl Heinrich Marx (1818-1883, German philosopher,...

Patriotism

"I should be able to love my country and love justice." -- Albert Camus (1913-1960, French author, journalist, and philosopher)                          

Fascism

"Reactionary concepts plus revolutionary emotion result in Fascist mentality." -- Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957, Austrian-American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst)                                                  

Rape as Property Crime

"Rape entered the law through the back door, as a property crime of man against man.  Woman, of course, was viewed as the property." -- Susan Brownmiller (born February 15, 1935, American feminist, journalist,    author, and activist)   ...

Socialists

"We should have had socialism already but for the sccialists." -- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish playwright, Fabian socialist, and    a co-founder of the London School of Economics)                  

Leadership

"Distrust all men in whom the impulse to punish is powerful." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher, poet, composer,    and classical philologist)                           

Liberalism

"America has had gifted conservative statesmen and national leaders. But with few exceptions, only the liberals have gone down in history as national heroes." -- Karl Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987, Swedish Nobel Laureate economist,   ...

Work

"No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless.  There's too much work to do." -- Dorothy Day (1897-1980, American journalist, anarchist, social activist    and devout Catholic convert)     ...

Zeal

"Nothing spoils human nature more than false zeal.  The good nature of an heathen is more God-like than the furious zeal of a Christian." -- Benjamin Whichcote (1609–1683, Puritan divine)                                   

Modesty

"Modesty in human beings is praised because it is not a matter of nature, but of will." -- Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius (ca, 240-ca.320, early Christian author)                                                     

Jesus Christ

"Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, is a snivelling modern invention, with no warrant in the Gospels." -- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish playwright)                                        

Adversity

"Too much sunshine in life makes a desert." -- Anonymous                                                           

Mistakes

"A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake." -- Confucius (K'ung-fu-tzu, 551 BC-479 BC, Chinese thinker and social    philosopher)