The introduction to “The Faber Book of Utopias,” edited by John Carey, chronicles the methods of creating ideal citizens, which historically have been repeatedly promoted by utopian philosophers via the deconstruction or abolition of the family. Originally proposed by Plato in his magnum opus, “The Republic,” this simple yet dramatic blueprint has influenced a number of social philosophers as diverse as More, Hobbes, Voltaire, Rousseau, to Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, B.F. Skinner, to socialist, liberal, progressive thinkers and politicians in modern times.
According to Merriman-Webster Dictionary, utopia and dystopia are defined thus: Utopia, A utopia is a community or society possessing highly desirable or perfect qualities. Dystopia, A dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of autopia. … Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments,environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society.
During this Independence Day time frame, we reflect with exceeding gratitude on the tremendous sacrifices our Founding Fathers made fighting the Revolutionary War of Independence (1775-83), putting in jeopardy their collective lives, liberty and sacred honor to fight against England and against the tyrannical rule of King George III.
My writing inspiration comes from two primary sources – God and Life. God, through the Holy Spirit, gives me the prompting to go in this direction or that direction … then I go. My other source of inspiration comes from just living life. For example, in early June on my radio show, “Joshua’s Trial,” a caller asked me pointedly, “Professor Washington, what do you think about Hegel’s theories? You need to write an article on Hegelian dialectic.”
Justice Thomas was born 65 years ago this day in the little town of Pin Point, Ga. This tribute essay celebrates the Natural Law and originalist jurisprudence of Thomas, which mandates a synthesis between legality and morality. For 23 years now, Justice Thomas has almost single-handedly upheld a reverential respect, reliance and expertise for the original ideals and intent of the constitutional framers that is tantamount to the transcendent.
Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old college dropout and contract computer analyst for the National Security Administration has leaked very sensitive information of national concern, which can harm all Americans by putting our safety in jeopardy by alerting America’s enemies of our vulnerabilities. Snowden, in violating his oath of secrecy, was unrepentant: “Everyone everywhere now understands how bad things have gotten – and they’re talking about it. They have the power to decide for themselves whether they are willing to sacrifice their privacy to the surveillance state.”
Can Bob Dole, Joe Scarborough and Chris Christie fix the Republican Party? Former GOP Senate leader Bob Dole, who lost his presidential bid against Bill Clinton in 1996, answered that essential question in his blunt way during a Memorial Day weekend interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday: “I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says closed for repairs until New Year’s Day next year,” Dole said, “and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.”
Most conservatives, including radio icon Mark Levin, have nothing but utter contempt toward Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and his acolyte, Sen. Lindsay Graham, calling them “media whores” for constantly pushing amnesty for illegal aliens, their incessant strivings to always be in the media eye and especially for their frequent claims of being a “conservative” while at every opportunity slandering young Turk conservatives like Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and my favorite, Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
I can clearly remember that fateful day filled with lachrymose as if it were yesterday: a transcendent day inside the reading room of Ms. Mirandi’s fifth-grade at Lillibridge Elementary, Detroit, Mich. I was 10 years old. By “reading room” I mean a corner of the classroom decorated like a library. There were three or four nice decorative chairs, a small sofa, a Persian rug, a coffee table, a lamp and, of course, the epitome of that wonderful space … a bookshelf filled with classical books.
Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek philosopher from Athens who taught Plato. Plato taught Aristotle, and Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. Socrates used a simple but cleverly profound method of teaching by asking revelatory, piercing questions. The Greeks called this form “dialectic” – starting from a thesis or question, then discussing ideas and moving back and forth between points of view to determine how well ideas stand up to critical review, with the ultimate principle of the dialogue being veritas – truth.
Last Sunday in downtown Detroit, about 45 anti-abortion protesters lined up outside Cobo Hall, where U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was the keynote speaker at the Detroit NAACP’s 58th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner – over 10,000 attendees. The protesters carried signs with slogans such as “Abortion Hurts Women,” “De-Fund Planned Parenthood” and “NAACP Wake Up! Abortion is Black Genocide.”
Eden Alice Washington is my 11-year-old daughter. The other day I asked her if she listens to pop singer Beyonce. She answered, “No! I don’t listen to that kind of music.” She doesn’t like Obama, she already considers herself a conservative, and she’s curious about Christianity. Eden’s generation – and that of her elder brother, Stone – will have their hands full turning back Obama’s Progressive Revolution.
Welcome to President Obama’s brave new dystopian world of anti-Fourth Amendment fascism where he is pushing radical policies allowing the IRS to read your emails without a warrant; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recently had his private office conversation illegally bugged, possibly by Democratic Party agents and published in Mother Jones (a la Nixon’s Watergate); and tens of thousands of drones are watching, recording and armed to bomb American citizens on American soil without judicial oversight or due process.
“On February 2011, TV host Glenn Beck aired a provocative segment titled, “Hiroshima vs. Detroit: Which city really embraced the American dream?” I was born and educated in Detroit. Nobody enjoys viewing a video equating a city obliterated by an atomic bomb almost 70 years ago as light years beyond Detroit today, yet the truth is the truth.”
On March 26, during oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the controversial same-sex marriage case, Justice Scalia repeatedly questioned attorney Ted Olson on when restricting marriage to one man-one woman became unconstitutional.
In February 2011, TV host Glenn Beck aired a provocative segment titled, “Hiroshima vs. Detroit: Which city really embraced the American dream?” I was born and educated in Detroit. Nobody enjoys viewing a video equating a city obliterated by an atomic bomb almost 70 years ago as light years beyond Detroit today, yet the truth is the truth.