Slave Masters: A Quick Note on the First Aristocracy of the U.S.

Hi, Sharing a quick historical example of how a small group of persons can easily control the actions and fate of millions. This example is historically and academically interesting to me. In the first half of the 19th century, the largest single industry in the United States, measured in terms of both market capital and …

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James Baldwin on the White Man’s Necessity for a Nigger

Hi, I'm a bit embarrassed that I have not dedicated a space on this blog to talk about one of my favorite intellectuals: James Baldwin. In 1965, Baldwin visited Cambridge University for a historic debate against the leading Conservative "intellectual", William F. Buckley. The debate took place at the debating hall of Cambridge Union surrounded …

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Property: The “Unmovable Concernment” of Government

In 1691, John Lock wrote a letter of a Member of Parliament in London titled Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money. Locke wrote in his letter: The multiplying of Brokers hinders the Trade of any Country, by making the Circuit, which the Money goes, larger, …

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A Brief History of Citizens United and Corporate Power

Let's talk Citizens United and Corporate Power. Citizens United is a symptom of a bigger, longstanding threat: for decades the largest corporations have been building power over our political process. The 1960s and 1970s were some of the most trans-formative years in American history. The 1960s saw the rise of social movements across the nation …

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John Adams On Reasons for Restricting Democracy

26 May 1776, Philadelphia, USA. Letter from John Adams to James Sullivan (Lawyer and politician of Massachusetts) Adams is responding to Sulliavn's claim that "Laws and Government are founded on the Consent of the people, and that consent should by each member of Society be given in proportion to his Right. Every member of Society …

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MLK – Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?

Hi, Required reading: MLK's 1967 book titled "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community" In my opinion, this is King's greatest work. King wrote his final book in 1967 in complete isolation. He rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone or access to the outside world. Here is a PDF version to …

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Jimmy Carter’s Prophetic Warning to the Nation

On July 15, 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carted delivered a speech to the nation titled: Energy and the National Goals - A Crisis of Confidence In the middle of the speech, Carter uttered some very prophetic words: In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, …

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