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THE MURKINESS OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL CHANGE – PART 2

THE MURKINESS OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL CHANGE PART 2   Feminism and New Public Discourse   Modern feminist writers have a variety of positions as to critical theory’s applicability to the struggle for equality for women and for a feminist view of the future for all oppressed people.  For example, Maria Pia Lara uses…

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THE MURKINESS OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL CHANGE – Part 1

THE MURKINESS OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL CHANGE Part 1 This is the first installment of a discussion of the potential of civil society to be a force for social change in the 21st Century. The Creation of Public Opinion Civil society is one of those murky terms, that is, what do we mean by…

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The Ghost of “Postmodernism” and Future Social Change

  The Ghost of “Postmodernism” and Future Social Change   ‘Postmodernism’ is a concept that has now been around in current social and political discourse for nearly five decades. As we continue to hurtle into the 21st century with a geopolitical and international economic situation which is barely under control, an examination of ‘postmodernism’s’ impact…

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Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom Ninth Installment

Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom Ninth Installment “The very design of neoliberal principles is a direct attack on democracy.” ― Noam Chomsky, Hopes and Prospects   In this week’s blog in this series on the future of democracy and the quest for freedom, we will expose the anti-democratic nature of neoliberalism…

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Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom, Fifth Installment

Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom Fifth Installment “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela This week we will continue to evaluate the quality of democracy in the United States by looking at the protection of human rights of all citizens. Protection of the…

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Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom, Installment 4

  Democracy and the Future of the Quest for Freedom Fourth Installment “The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all … The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people.…

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