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55 Voices for Democracy: Jan Philipp Reemtsma

55 Voices for Democracy: Jan Philipp Reemtsma

What does it mean to speak about – and for – democracy in an emphatic sense? Is there a common let’s say: project we – we democrats – stand for and even would fight for in difficult and dangerous times? Hopefully we would do so. But we should not conjure up such times when they are not at stake just to dress up our democratic habits. Of course: democracy always was and is an endangered political concept. Endangered is it…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

I’m very delighted to be asked to participate in this “55 Voices” series in honor of Thomas Mann and to be in Thomas Mann’s house in Pacific Palisades. I think that Thomas Mann is particularly relevant to the present moment in a couple of respects. I think that the role that he played as an exile from Nazi Germany, his “Listen, Germany!” lectures that were delivered into Nazi Germany during the war, in a way set a important precedent for…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Timothy Snyder

55 Voices for Democracy: Timothy Snyder

Whatever happened to the future? Have you noticed that the future has gone away? This I think is the most striking thing about our politics today whether it’s America or Europe or much of the rest of the world. That there’s no future anymore. For the past couple hundred years from the French Revolution forward, what democratic politics has generally been about is the future. We’ve been very good at producing different competing versions about what the future would be…

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55 Voices for Democracy: Ananya Roy

55 Voices for Democracy: Ananya Roy

We live in an era of stark social and economic inequality. Across the world the hoarding of wealth by the rich and powerful rests on the exploitation and impoverishment of marginalized communities. Such inequality is visibly manifested in our cities. Here in the City of Angels, inequality is evident in a stark contrast between homes worth $500 million dollars being built in the hills of Bel Air, not far from the Thomas Mann House or the University of California Los…

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What Is Freedom?

What Is Freedom?

Freedom is doing what you like to do, regardless of what other people have to say about it. Freedom is pursuing happiness, without violating the rights of others, and not being dependant on anyone or anything. Freedom is a right to speak, to express whatever you want, and to fight for the right thing. Freedom is having the right to wake up in the morning and do what you want with your life. Living your own life, making your own…

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Exarchia: Resisting Gentrification

Exarchia: Resisting Gentrification

We live together, we fight together, we struggle together, we are here together. Because Exarchia is a symbol, they want to crush the symbol in order to crush the radical spirit of the country. In order to become a normal neighbourhood, we will have to have police operations. Exarchia is widely considered to be the most popular neighbourhood in Athens. It’s a stronghold of countless socialist, anarchist and anti-fascist movements, as well as home to many refugees and migrants who…

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What Inspired “On the Freedom Side” | Duke Faculty Books

What Inspired “On the Freedom Side” | Duke Faculty Books

“music” I’m Wesley Hogan, the director of the Center for Documentary Studies. Three basic truths inform this book. First, the future of democracy but belongs to young people. Two, today’s generation of leaders and business and politics are leaving behind a mess of existential challenges. And three, as FridaysForFuture, Black Lives Matter, and Standing Rock voices tell us, it’s young people more than anyone else who are trying to find answers. Yet young people by and large are not seen….

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Welcome to Freedom School

Welcome to Freedom School

A lot of folks thing that stairs are for walking instead of an outside place to teach and learn. So, The Undercommons was started by the Black Infinity Complex, Jan. 2016 at the JANSS Steps at UCLA, in response to the global student movement against oppression and domination in all of its forms. The Undercommons currently meets in public at the JANSS Steps every Tuesday and Wednesday, indefinitely. In The Undercommons, we cultivate a coalitional space of revolutionary learning on…

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