July 24, 2014

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“RAPE IS A CASE IN POINT.” Angela Davis

“Some of the most flagrant symptoms of social deterioration are acknowledged as serious problems only when they have assumed such epidemic proportions that they appear to defy solution.”  “Rape is a case in point.”

Angela Davis: Women, Race and Class. Random House, 1981, New York.

pp. 172

July 9, 2014

 

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“THEY DECEIVE THEMSELVES WHO SEE HERE NO MORE THAN SEXUAL SYMBOLS:” Simone DeBeauvoir

“Man aspires to be at once concretely with the whole world, apprehended in all possible ways. To work the earth, to dig a hole, (more…)

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“INTRIGUE AND STRIFE ABOUND:” Simone DeBeauvoir

“As Montaigne says, “It is easier to accuse one sex than to excuse the other.””  …  “Montaigne understood clearly how arbitrary and unjust was woman’s appointed lot: “Women are not in the wrong when they decline to accept the rules laid down for them, since them men lay down these rules without consulting them. No wonder intrigue and strife abound.”

pp. xxvii

Simone DeBeavoir, 1952: The Second Sex. Translation by H.M. Parshley.

Alfred A. Knopf, New York.

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June 2, 2014

“Gylany Would Provide The Ideology Required To Replace A Dominator With A Partnership Society.” Riane Eisler

irreproachable-quote-500px “Once we transcend the older ideological labels of liberal versus conservative, religious versus secular, or left versus right, modern history becomes in many critical respects radically clarified. (more…)

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“Ideology Must Possess The Power Of Dissolving Images Of Terror…” Angela Davis

irreproachable-quote-500px “Bourgeois ideology-and particularly its racist ingredients- must really possess the power of dissolving real images of terror into obscurity and insignificance, and of fading horrible cries of suffering human beings into barely audible murmurings and then silence.”

Angela Davis: Women, Race and Class. Random House, 1981, New York.

pp. 121

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January 26, 2013

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From THE COLLAPSE OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES by Joseph A. Tainter

We, the Editor, have seen references to Joseph Tainter’s excellent book a few times in recent months. This is appropriate and timely. His argument is a glorious counterpoint (more…)

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December 21, 2008

The Widespread Sense of Horror: Isaiah Berlin

We choose as we choose, that is all that can be said; and if this leads to conflict and destruction, (more…)

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