Welcome To The Kansas City Enlightenment Project
In July 2014, a small group of veteran activist intellectuals convened an Enlightenment Project in Kansas City, Missouri. Meeting monthly at a local coffeehouse, it started out as an informal discussion group, without a defined agenda, but in order to exchange ideas, information and perspectives on books, current events and the like. Learn More...
If we consider the European history of the last centuries, one is easily inclined to believe that the Enlightenment or at least fundamental criticism on religion is an obligatory precondition for the development of the modern democracy...
Wheat prices are the lowest in actual value since the Civil War, and only farmers are aware of this. If you eat, you are involved in agriculture. Here is some food for thought.
The small press items that slip by but should not, offer a lot of wonderful materials this summer and perhaps for me in particular, perhaps, plucking the chords of memory. More important, they offer a glimpse of leftwing writers hard at work.
Tanya Loughead’s new book, Critical University: Moving Higher Education Forward (CU), contributes to this counter-hegemonic pattern of critique by presenting an her own assessment built upon an array of radical philosophical and sociological perspectives that are absent from the generally prevailing, business-oriented views of U.S. higher education today.
While Eric Gordon's reflections on religion and socialism in an earlier installment of the People's World's Series on Socialism are perceptive and nuanced, I have to take issue with his bold assertion: "There will never be a socialist or a communist utopia." My late grandfather Carl Hertlein observed: "Eternity is a long time."
Book review of Jackalope by Denise Low. It’s a roadtrip through the American west: enjoy the ride.
With a few caveats, I support “death with dignity” through assisted suicide. The proponents this concept are advocating for the right of interminably suffering persons to end their lives with medical assistance.
A welcome essay restoring a working class intellectual to his rightful place.
A friend recently stated that all of existence, including ethics, has a mathematical basis. Brought up short, in part, because my own mind is resistant to numbers except for the most basic arithmetic, I disputed the statement.
In asking my friends (including those at the Republican dinner table in Western Kansas) about my list all think (as I do) that the election of Donald Trump as President would be a greater trauma to the body and soul of our country than any other in recent memory.
Charter 2000 summarizes in highly concentrated form the issues, policies, and goals the signatories believe should become part of a national debate on the future of this country. We offer it to progressive individuals, political organizations, and parties with the objective of circulating it throughout the United States, and indeed, around the world.
[T]he marked enthusiasm of aging Leftists, often amounting to prayerful gratitude that Someone Is Doing Something at Last, should prompt scrutiny instead of hosannas. One anonymous observer on the Right quipped that their chants amounted to: “What do we want? Nothing. When do we want it? Now.” Ouch.
Given the worst losses for the Democrats in Congress in the last 50 years, some serious re-thinking seems called for. What I’d like to propose as the centerpiece of such a campaign is a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing the Right to Employment. This is not merely an abstract Utopian idea. It is deeply rooted in the American experience.
Join us as we discuss Stephen Eric Bronner's book Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement.