Archive | November, 2014

Erich Fromm | Obedience as a psychological and moral problem

FOR CENTURIES kings, priests, feudal lords, industrial bosses and parents have insisted that obedience is a virtue and that disobedience is a vice. In order to introduce another point of view, let us set against this position the following statement: human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be, terminated by an act of obedience. Human history was ushered in by an […]

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Civil disobedience

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem […]

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Martin Willits

Martin Willitts, Jr. | Epistle on listening

Epistle on Listening President Obama releases his decision about immigration and the news networks could care less.   Since when has a President’s speech been ignored? When did the news decide the President was irrelevant? When all the national news went strangely silent on a report of potentially important information with national implications, did they really believe their own programs were more important? It is not like he was reporting […]

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The right to food | An interview with Hilal Elver

Hilal Elver is the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. She grew up in Turkey, where she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Ankara Law School and began her teaching career. Her expertise was soon pressed into government service when the Turkish government appointed her as the founding legal advisor to the Ministry of the Environment. Later, they asked her to serve as the General Director […]

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