John Rawls and the Veil of Ignorance: A Thought Experiment on Fairness

Edited from the Book of Life, Political Theory: John Rawls Many of us feel that our societies are a little – or even plain totally – ‘unfair’. But we have a hard time explaining our sense of injustice to the powers that be in a way that sounds rational and without personal pique or bitterness. …

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RSA Animate Favorites

Hi. Here are my favorite RSA Animate videos. February 2011: Language as a Window into Human Nature. Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings: October 2010: Changing Education Paradigms. Another inspiring RSA Animate taken from a speech given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education …

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Bakunin’s Prediction: A Quick History on Using the “People’s Stick”

According to Chomsky, there exists a prediction from the world of the social sciences that ever came so dramatically true. The prediction is from Mikhail Bakunin. Very perceptively, Bakunin predicted that the rising class of intellectuals will identify themselves as a "Class" in modern industrial societies. Bakunin predicted that this intellectual class would essentially go …

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Moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal

At the height of the Detroit rebellion, on July 28, 1967, President Johnson appointed a National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to answer three basic questions about the riots: What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it from happening again and again? Mounting civil unrest since 1965 had spawned riots …

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The Crisis of Democracy: Report on the Governability of Democracies to the Trilateral Commission

Perhaps the most striking feature of the new Administration is the role played in it by the Trilateral Commission. The mass media had little to say about this matter during the Presidential campaign -- in fact, the connection of the Carter group to the Commission was recently selected as "the best censored news story of …

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A Response to the Death of Osama bin Laden

This has to be said: On May 1, 2011 Pres. Barack Obama appeared on national television with the spontaneous announcement that Osama bin Laden, the purported organizer of the tragic events of September 11th 2001, was killed by military forces in Pakistan. Within moments, a media blitz ran across virtually all television networks in what could only be …

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