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...
Kansas City activist discusses politics, community, the Movement for Black Lives, and the Pulse nightclub shooting with Camp Magazine's Bethany Cain.
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.
Tom Brokaw of NBC News said that in today’s American culture: “If you have a problem, get a gun.” He might as well have continued: “If you have a big problem (with Gays, Blacks, Muslims, Syrians, Obama Care, your own dark madness), then get a big gun.”
My late friend, the poet David Johnson, once remarked that the United States would be the last socialist society, and the first communist society. What evidence is there for his prophecy?
The maturation of dialectical materialism in the 20th century grew out of the antecedent problems in philosophy that Gödel hoped to transcend with his work in mathematics. The remnants of the philosophical extremes that preceded Gödel’s efforts had persisted well past the 19th century and continue to generate confusion today
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.