Theater patrons in ancient Greece – someone stayed home to watch the kids and feed the animals. In what has been called Athenian democracy, it has been estimated that slaves constituted around 25% of the human population and free laborers around 30%.
Around 2400 years ago a philosophy student of the brilliant and kindly Socrates wrote his conception of the ideal State.
I was born in Staten Island Hospital and grew up on the southeast shore of that island when its waters were clean and teemed with fish including porgies, weakfish, bluefish, striped bass and big sharks.
Human antipathy to murder is hard-wired. Consider murder mystery novels, TV forensic dramas, sensational news stories, and political murder (assassination). Discovering and prosecuting the guilty, “bringing them to justice” is the goal.
I am not in a good mood and, perhaps, shouldn’t be writing until I get a good night’s sleep. Here goes anyway. How many remember Kate Smith singing “America the Beautiful”?
Since the advent of capitalism, the profit motive has revolutionized the human condition without solving the problem of poverty in human society, narratives of our Guardians notwithstanding. It has also steadily increased the imbalance of wealth on behalf of the Guardians.
I recall my father calling my brother and me into the house from the backyard where we were at play that brisk December afternoon, December 7th, 1941.
Participants in today’s protests are experiencing the jack-booted response of a fascist police State. That State, authorized by the Patriot Act, has taken off whatever gloves existed.
A group of workers gathered with their families to picnic and to hear a speech. Working class trade unions were growing in strength in 1819 and the ruling class in England was terrified. Routed by the authorities, eleven members of the group were killed and another one hundred and fifty were injured.
The lid has blown off the story broadcast by American TV on September 11, 2001. The question now is whether or not owners and managers of America's mainline media will be able to continue burying facts, questions, controversy, speculations, and conclusions contradicting that day's professionally crafted narrative.
I recall reading, years ago, an essay by Ernest Jones, the disciple and eventual biographer of Freud. It was in two volumes of “Essays in Applied Psychoanalysis”, which I happened upon in Ohio State University’s library.
We must not allow the trick of being called “anti-Semitic” to stop us from facing squarely the national crisis now posed by Zionist criminals.
Don’t you dare to call me anti-Semitic. I am not speaking of immensely talented Askenazi-American artists, classical musicians, merchants, writers, scientists, philosophers, or of the many skillfully trained but largely misinformed sales-people and “agents” who distribute complicated financial products.