Karl Marx

Karl Marx on Making History

Karl Marx on Making History   “People make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.” – Karl Marx “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon”

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Blaise Pascal Quote

Blaise Pascal on Light and Darkness

Blaise Pascal on Light and Darkness “There is light enough for those who wish to see, and darkness enough for those who are otherwise inclined.” – Blaise Pascal Pascal is best known for the misnamed “Pascal’s Wager,” his easily misunderstood argument on personal decision making. In this quote, Pascal gives […]

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Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire on Social Conflict

Paulo Freire on Social Conflict Paulo Freire is a Brazilian philosopher of education. Those on the Right would call him a “radical” because he believes that poor people shouldn’t be exploited and children should be taught to think creatively and critically. For Freire, oppression and education are linked–the more you […]

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Cornel West on Justice

Dr. Cornel West on Justice

Dr. Cornel West on Justice Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public. – Dr. Cornel West African-Americans have been fighting for justice for a long, long time. Dr. West is one of the champions. I have long admired Dr. West, using some of his writings in […]

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too many men

Why Men Sexually Harass and Abuse Women

Amidst all of the revelations about high-profile men who have abused women, it is no surprise that our drive-by corporate media has not explored the question of why men sexually harass and abuse women. The media is interested in sensationalism and exploiting puerile interest in scandal. They are not interested […]

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Professor Mogobe Ramose

“Thinking the Contemporary”, with Mogobe Ramose

“Thinking the Contemporary”, with Mogobe Ramose Mogobe Ramose Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Africa (UNISA), in Pretoria. He is a Philosopher and a leading figure introducing and debating African philosophy and the Ethics of Ubuntu. African philosophy is largely underexplored and widely unappreciated by the rest of […]

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James Baldwin on Masks

James Baldwin on Masks

James Baldwin on Masks “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin Baldwin is often remembered as a political radical. He definitely was, but like Cornel West, Baldwin’s social and political views were informed by the idea that […]

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Leonardo

Leonardo DaVinci on Inaction

Leonardo DaVinci on Inaction “Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. So we must stretch ourselves to the very limits of human possibility. Anything less is a sin against both God and […]

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