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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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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John Locke Justifies the Theft of Land from Native Americans

Let's talk John Locke. On 16 January 1811, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to Benjamin Rush stating: The room being hung around with a collection of the portraits of remarkable men, among them were those of Bacon, Newton & Locke. Hamilton asked me who they were. I told him they were my trinity of the …

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A Timeline of Violence During the Civil Rights Movement

Let's talk violence. America, and to be fair the world in general, has a very violent history. Civil rights, woman's rights, gay rights, labor rights, political rights, etc. have all face extreme and ugly forms of violence. I wanted to make a timeline of some of the most appalling and violent acts that Americans inflicted …

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How America Disapproved of MLK

The overwhelming approval with which Martin Luther King, Jr is remembered today stands in ironic contrast to the way he was perceived by white Americans while he was alive. We may love Dr. King today, but that is a fairly recent phenomenon. We have Gallup poll data from May 1963 which show that 46% of Americans held …

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The British West Indies and Canada

The British West Indies and Canada provide us with two more counterpoints to the successful wars of revolution. The 13 colonies were unusual in their revolt against British colonial rule. Canada and the British possessions in the West Indies did not seek independence. Both regions would experience a gradual transition to independence. They present fascinating …

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Liberating Northern South America

After his disastrous early failure, Bolívar succeeded in seizing power in Caracas, only to lose it again. After exile in the Caribbean, Bolívar turned his attention to Colombia and the war for independence there. Before liberating Venezuela, his troops crossed the towering Andes and drove the Spanish from Colombia in 1821. He eventually succeeded in …

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