Publications and Recommended Reading

The Long View

by Fred Whitehead

The 100th anniversary of the first Russian Revolution—an event that while massive, was defeated—gives us an opportunity to reflect on what has sometimes been called a “long curve” in history. With such a view, we consider not just “spikes” of social activity ...Read More

WORDS for Deeds, Heat for Light

By John Wright

A brief look at emotional discharge and some scientific parallels

One goal of social science should be to gauge the dialectical tension between social consciousness and individual consciousness.  Examining some of the philosophical metaphors that have been used to describe didactic outrage might prove helpful ...Read More

Physics of the Psyche

By Fred Whitehead

A response to WORDS for Deeds, Heat for Light by John Wright

Neurophysiology and kindred sciences are among the most prominent frontiers of our era.  This paper does not touch on their technical aspects, but rather explores what appear to be affinities between certain concepts in physics, and the dynamics of human psychology ...Read More

Death With Dignity Is Important But So Is Life With Dignity

By Dave Kingsley, PhD

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 ...Read More

The Resurrection And The Life Of The Republican Party

By Robert Day

We are four at a Holy Week dinner at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Spanish restaurant  and, over bread and wine, we have consecrated ourselves as saviors of the Republican Party.  None of us are now, nor have ever been, Republicans; but our parents were in the days of a lot of Ike and a bit of Taft--as the writer among us put it.  We believe in the two party system.  Beyond the writer, one of us is a painter, another a psychologist, and the fourth a medical doctor ...Read More

Infrared

By John Wright

Just beyond the boundary of human vision, oscillating at low frequency and long wavelength, is the infrared, a source of heat.  In his essay “The Long View”, Fred Whitehead correctly describes a history that only in retrospect could be compared to a wave.  Most people caught up in their present, see no wave, only chaos.  Nevertheless, as the heat builds up, a direction becomes apparent ...Read More

Review of The Age of Genius

By Ed and Michael Buckner

If centuries could be jealous or have their feelings hurt, several (especially the Eighteenth) would be unhappy with A. C. Grayling, who makes a convincing case that the Seventeenth Century was the turning point in human history, “the epoch” as he calls it. The Siècle des Lumières, as the French at least call the heart of the Eighteenth, plays not so much second fiddle as it does the orchestra using instruments invented by its predecessor, according to Grayling (though he didn’t use that metaphor) ...Read More

A Great New Labor Comic

By Paul Buhle

Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working Class Struggle. Edited by the Graphic History Collective. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2016, 186pp oversized, $29.95.

Reviewer’s admission: the credit reads, “Edited by the Graphic History Collective with Paul Buhle.” I am a “With” editor, a title that can mean almost anything but mainly constitutes “helper.” These editor-activists did not need much help from me. They set out, several years ago, to solicit labor-related comic art, mostly if not entirely from Canadian history. They chose a very remarkable little press, Between the Lines, publishing a generically radical line (e.g., volumes by Noam Chomsky) but increasingly art-oriented, including the recent and remarkable labor martyr’s tale, Ginger Goodwin, A Worker’sFriend, by artist-author Laura Ellyn ...Read More

Accounting for Inequality: Questioning Piketty on National Income Accounts and the Capital-Labor Split

By Charles Reitz

Piketty’s study of capital and inequality, especially the distribution of the national income through a “capital-labor split,” is examined and compared with a model developed from data sets from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Piketty’s inclusion of executive supersalaries as labor income is questioned as over-estimating labor’s share of national income distribution and labor’s role as a causal factor in the intensification of inequality ...Read More