Zen Habits “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” - Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta I’m not a Zen monk, nor will I ever become one. However, I find great inspiration in the way they try to live their lives: the simplicity of their lives, the concentration and mindfulness of every activity, the calm and peace they find in their days. You probably don’t want to become a Zen monk either, but you can live your life in a more Zen-like manner by following a few simple rules. Why live more like a Zen monk? The Theory of Property, Chapter VIII Of the chapters from Proudhon's The Theory of Property which have not yet appeared in translation, the first is the Introduction compiled by Proudhon's friends, which surveyed his previous works; the third, fourth and fifth chapters amount to a summing up of Proudhon's scattered thoughts on the varieties of property, legal opinions on the subject, and the history of property. All of these contain interesting material, including the data on which the New Theory was constructed. But arguably the most interesting of the remaining chapters are the seventh, which explains in some detail the "equilibration" of property, and the eighth, "The Author's Critique Vindicated," in which Proudhon reflected on the development of his thought and responded to criticisms. I'm happy to be able to provide a working translation of Chapter VIII.
All About Anarchism This classic statement of anarchism was written by a diverse group of anarchists in Cardiff around 1980 and it is an interesting historical record of the optimism of mainstream anarchist thought at that time. There is probably more rubbish talked about anarchism than any other political idea. Actually, it has nothing to do with a belief in chaos, death and destruction. Anarchists do not normally carry bombs, nor do they ascribe any virtue to beating up old ladies. Faith of Our ForeFathers December 2006 The Founders are once again in vogue. More than 35 books have been published about them just since January according to Gordon Wood, the foremost authority on that era. One of the sub topics of these books concerns the depth of the religious convictions of these men, particularly the Big Six: Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Adams. Authors coming from a conservative religious perspective believe that the Founders were highly religious and that the religious convictions of these men have been underestimated or deliberately ignored.
Real examples of anarchism in history are problematic As near as I can tell, the united States of America is one of the best examples of an anarchist nation that has ever been, though it did not last terribly long before the public servants hired to govern subverted the peoples sovereignty and replaced the dejure united states with a corporation. From Bouviers Law Dictionary 6th edition: A chief ruler with supreme power; one possessing sovereignty. Anarchism: For & Against by Albert Meltzer Table of Contents Introduction Inalienable Tenets of Anarchism The Class Struggle Organisation and Anarchism The Role of an Anarchist in an Authoritarian Society Bringing About the New Society The Marxist Criticism of Anarchism The Social-Democratic Critique of Anarchism The Liberal-Democratic Objection to Anarchism The Fascist Objection to Anarchism The Average Person's Objection to Anarchism
Why Civics Class Should Be Sexy American government may not be a game of thrones. But it's all about power -- and when it's taught right, students will find it riveting. Joshua Roberts/Reuters In a recent episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, a treacherous courtier tells the queen regent he knows the true identity of the young king's father. "Information is power," he hisses. Immediately, she orders her guards to seize him, shutter his business, and kill him -- and then, just as quickly, she makes a show of casually changing her mind. Holocaust Timeline Jump to: 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1933 January 30, 1933 - Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany a nation with a Jewish population of 566,000. February 22, 1933 - 40,000 SA and SS men are sworn in as auxiliary police. February 27, 1933 - Nazis burn Reichstag building to create crisis atmosphere.
The True Nature and Goals of Anarchism It's one of the most prevalent and enduring myths regarding Anarchism. It's reinforced daily with news reports of countries that have "descended into anarchy" or political pundits railing against things that we can't do because it would (gasp!) lead to anarchy. The idea that Anarchy and chaos are synonymous has been firmly entrenched within the lexicon of modern imagery. Yet, it couldn't be much further from the true nature of Anarchism. Constitution Myths Have you ever heard someone say, "That's unconstitutional!" or "That's my constitutional right!" and wondered if they were right? You might be surprised how often people get it wrong. You might also be surprised how often people get it right.
Never Talk to the Police By Dave Hitt on Mar 31, 2010 in Featured, Police State What’s the best response when a cop asks you something? Silence, or a short, polite non-answer. Shut up. The Horizon of Anarchy: Anarchism and Contemporary Radical Thought Saul Newman Abstract—This paper explores the relevance of anarchism for current debates in continental radical political philosophy. It argues that anarchism – as a form of politics which proposes the abolition of state power – is the unacknowledged referent for radical politics today, and that contemporary thinkers such as Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, amongst others, must situate their own political thought in relation to the questions posed by anarchism. In particular, radical political thought today tends to converge around three configurations – politics beyond the state, political organisation beyond the party, and political subjectivity beyond class – thus pointing to the exhaustion of Marxism-Leninism and the need for new forms of egalitarian and libertarian forms of politics. Here, I argue that anarchism provides a more consistent way of theorising radical politics today. Anarchism has always been a political heresy.
Brave New World Revisited (1958) by Aldous Huxley Contents Foreword I Over-PopulationII Quantity, Quality, Morality III Over-Organization IV Propaganda in a Democratic Society V Propaganda Under a Dictatorship VI The Arts of Selling VII Brainwashing VIII Chemical Persuasion IX Subconscious Persuasion X Hypnopaedia XI Education for Freedom XII What Can Be Done? Foreword The soul of wit may become the very body of untruth. However elegant and memorable, brevity can never, in the nature of things, do justice to all the facts of a complex situation.