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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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Top 20 Projects Completing in 2020 | The B1M

Top 20 Projects Completing in 2020 | The B1M

From striking skyscrapers to vast Olympic parks and stadiums on a level of ambition never attempted before, 2020 sees a new decade kick-off with the completion of some truly remarkable construction projects. From the overwhelming number of schemes set to finish this year, these are the 20 you need to keep your eyes on. Stretching over four square kilometres and including a major extension to the Dubai metro, the finishing touches to the 2020 Expo site are now being made…

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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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Inside America’s First Private Terminal For Millionaires

Inside America’s First Private Terminal For Millionaires

Narrator: Airports suck. Camping out in customs lines, sprinting a mile to your gate, it’s the worst and the furthest thing from luxury. But imagine you had some extra cash saved up, would you spend it to skip all of that airport madness? Well, that’s what the minds behind America’s very first private terminal are betting on. In 2017, The Private Suite opened up at LAX. And for $4,000 per international flight, guests get access to a luxurious, super secure,…

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Inside Skid Row: America’s homelessness capital | AJ+

Inside Skid Row: America’s homelessness capital | AJ+

It’s really hard to describe how difficult the circumstances are for living out here in Skid Row. There are so many people who are battling mental illness. A lot of people got triggered just by seeing us with our cameras. – You’re gonna get your *ss killed on Skid Row about that camera! We’ve seen syringes in the street. We’ve seen feces in the street. You can smell the lack of sanitation. So not only is this a major homeless…

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Cornel West: Hope Is Spiritual Armor Against Modern Society’s Spiritual Warfare

Cornel West: Hope Is Spiritual Armor Against Modern Society’s Spiritual Warfare

What does it mean to learn how to die in order to learn how to live? That’s platonic isn’t it? Philosophy itself is a meditation in preparation for death. Montaigne says the philosophizers learn how to die. Seneca says he or she who learns how to die unlearns slavery because art, paideia—deep education, not cheap schooling—deep education is about a critical self-examination of that which is inside of us that needs to die. The fears. The cowardice. The complacency. The…

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