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In A Post-truth Era Is Truth A Necessary Condition for Society to Change?

In this era of trickle-down economics with the increasing income disparity between the wealthy and the rest of society, a polarized debate has ensued on how to address the issue. Rousseau insisted that men must bear the moral responsibility for … Continue reading

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On the Rationalization of Inequality

Voltaire observed, “One day everything will be well. Everything is fine today. That is our illusion.” Illusion is the ability to manipulate how other people perceive reality. What began in September 2011 as a small group of protesters camping out … Continue reading

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Part 2 of 2. Dare to Think

During the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests neither the oligarchs nor the bankers found it necessary to respond. The rationale for this attitude has been around for years. Ayn Rand (1905-1982), a novelist and philosopher who developed a philosophical system … Continue reading

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Part 1 of 2: Dare to Think

When Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire, it had the power to suppress dissention and heretics, and organize wealth. The church took on the authoritarian qualities of the Roman imperial culture – a powerful central hierarchy, a … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Control

Illusion is the ability to manipulate how other people perceive reality. When you have discovered that someone or something is not as good as you believed, you become disillusioned. Thirty years of deregulation in the market place supported globalization and … Continue reading

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Another Inconvenient Truth

An inconvenient truth is a truth no one likes to admit, and thus it is inconvenient and causes problems or difficulties for someone. The truth about the climate crisis is an inconvenient one that means we are going to have … Continue reading

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The End of History – A Journey

The Enlightenment was a movement to displace the dogged adherence to established opinions and customs, and to enlighten a population the system had kept in the dark. Voltaire (1694-1778) relied upon his books to spread the light (knowledge) across Europe. Georg … 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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Occupy Wall Street Success

John Locke (1632-1704) claimed that individuals had the fundamental natural rights of “life, liberty, and property,” and it was the government’s responsibility to protect them. Locke supported economic inequality with his vigorous support of the right to property. There is … Continue reading

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