In “The Postmodern Condition” the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard painted a picture of the future neoliberal order as one in which “the temporary contract” supplants “permanent institutions in the professional, emotional, sexual, cultural, family and international domains, as well as in political affairs.” This temporal relationship to people, things, institutions and the natural world ensures collective self-annihilation.
– Chris Hedges, The Rule of the Uber-rich….
People who are capable of dissent but incapable of disobedience are often uncomfortable challenging the very legitimacy of that authority to wield power. In contrast, genuine anti-authoritarians are comfortable with both dissent and disobedience when they deem authority to be illegitimate.
– Bruce E. Levine, Vital Ignored Truths In Milgram’s… Studies
If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground….The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both, …but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never did and it never will….
– Frederick Douglass (quoted in Zinn’s People’s History)
When I taught public speaking I frequently had students view a commencement address given by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Though I’ve not read her books, I knew many students knew Harry Potter through books and…