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Class War: Countering Misinformation Among the Working Class

Noam Chomsky notes, “We don’t use the term ‘working class’ because it is a taboo term. You’re supposed to say ‘middle class’ because it helps diminish the understanding that there is a class war going on.” In a regime faithful to … Continue reading

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Meritocracy Disguises Inequality That Supports A Growing Oligarchy

The idea that the mind plays an active role in structuring reality is called Kant’s Copernican revolution, because like Copernicus who turned astronomy inside-out by claiming the Earth moved around the sun (instead of the other way), Kant argued we … Continue reading

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The End of Democracy

The council of barons established by the Magna Carta grew over the centuries into a parliament representing the church, wealthy noblemen like the barons, commoners and people from the emerging middle class. William signed the English Bill of Rights assuring … Continue reading

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Part 1 of 2. The Class System and Education

The value referred to as the American Dream is indicative of the American social class system. The American Dream reflects what we see as the kind of equality of opportunity that can exist only in a class system. Americans believe … Continue reading

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On Virtual Feudalism

During the Age of Enlightenment people believed that the reasoning of men could free them of their ills, and lead to peace, security and good government. It was believed that reason would ensure the progress of humanity, and change the … Continue reading

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Reality in 2013

The Enlightenment saw the intellectual maturation of the humanist belief in reason as the supreme guiding principle in the affairs of mankind. The ‘truth’ discovered through reason would displace the dogged adherence to established opinions and customs and enlighten a … Continue reading

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The Challenge to the Middle Class: “Sapere aude!” Dare to Know!

Those in power would like us to keep quiet – one man who did not adhere to this unwritten memo was the German philosopher, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). During the Enlightenment of the 18th century, a movement that introduced critical thinking … Continue reading

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Passions and Decision-making

Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discovered the natural laws of motion which provided the final piece to the puzzle to explain why the Earth revolves around the sun. Newton refashioned the world governed by an interventionist God into a world crafted by … Continue reading

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Science and Change.

In the 17th century the church was the dominant institution, while in the 21st century the corporation is the dominate institution. In 17th century Europe, the church was the main place where ordinary citizens got their information and were handed … Continue reading

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