— Henry Giroux at his Web site. Paulo Freire and the Politics of Postcolonialism
Quinn Norton at Medium. The Values of Money
Bitcoin, Money, and Datalove, Part One
— Ivan Illich in Tools for Conviviality.
A list of parenting action items, created in the hope that we can raise a generation of children who have less rape and sexual assault in their lives…from toddlers to teens.
Nice list and a nice reminder how good it is to give children opportunities to affirm their best intentions, something adults need too.
Peter Alsop—My Body
— Andrew Bacevich in Washington Post. Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next.
— Dimitri Orlov at Cluborlov. What comes first?
— Christopher Yates in The Guardian. The whistleblower’s mad moral courage
This is why we pathologise those like Bradley Manning: I saw the ugliness of war, but the ‘sane’ thing was to keep my head down
What, then, should we count as a religious attitude? I will try to provide a reasonably abstract and hence ecumenical account. The religious attitude accepts the full, independent reality of value. It accepts the objective truth of two central judgments about value. The first holds that human life has objective meaning or importance. Each person has an innate and inescapable responsibility to try to make his life a successful one: that means living well, accepting ethical responsibilities to oneself as well as moral responsibilities to others, not just if we happen to think this important but because it is in itself important whether we think so or not.
The second holds that what we call “nature”—the universe as a whole and in all its parts—is not just a matter of fact but is itself sublime: something of intrinsic value and wonder. Together these two comprehensive value judgments declare inherent value in both dimensions of human life: biological and biographical."
Ronald Dworkin in The New York Review of Books. Religion Without God
— John Michael Greer at The Archdruid Report. A Question of Values
Martin Luther King, Jr. "It’s A Dark Day In Our Nation"
Martin Luther King Jr.: “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”
Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967
- “I think the first thing—if you want to be a writer—the first thing you need to do is write. Which sounds like an obvious piece of advice. But so many...”
- “Date someone who meets you half way. Date someone who brings you a glass a water when they get themselves one. Date someone who makes sure you don’t...”
- “For every thread of the social fabric worn bare by the friction of modern alienation, the market has risen with a synthetic strand of its own.”