Love and Politics
Judith MalinaLove and Politics is a collection of poems
and dramatic texts by Judith Malina of the
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to two of the themes which have been
at the center of The Living Theatre’s
work since the company’s founding in 1947
— the interaction of the political process
and the force of love. The work of
Malina, Hanon Reznikov and Julian Beck is focussed
on humanity’s millennial dream of
uniting these aspects of life in a
cosmically inspired fusion that transcends
the quotidian contradictions that have
fostered the alienation that separates
most people from the realization of their
The Found Generation
Chinese Communists in Europe During the Twenties
Marilyn A. Levine
In contrast to the Lost Generation of youth in the West, who were disoriented and disillusioned by the First World War and its aftermath, the Chinese youth born between 1895 and 1905 not only believed they had a duty to “save” their nation but pursued their goal through social and political experimentation. The vigorous purpose and optimism of this Found Generation contrasted with the apathy and detachment of their Western counterparts, who followed a different path in coming to terms with the new world of the twentieth century.
Just after the First World War, sixteen hundred Chinese young men and women traveled to Europe, most of them to France, as members of the Work-Study Movement. Their goal was to study Western technology and culture and utilize this knowledge to achieve “national salvation,” and they planned to finance their study at European schools by factory work....Read more about: The Found Generation »
Bill Clinton and Elvis Presley in a Land of No Alternatives
In this witty exploration of popular culture, critic Greil Marcus draws on several of his previously published essays to point out striking similarities between Elvis Presley and President Clinton. He also discusses other 20th-century celebrities who have helped shape American culture, including Sinead O’Connor, Andy Warhol, and Bob Dylan.
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“For a man so fearlessly counter-cultural that he dares reprint an entire irrelevant essay on Marianne Faithfull (wherein he approvingly quotes the chanteuse saying ‘I identified with Ulrike Meinhof’), Marcus is oddly conformist when it comes to the staid old Democratic National Committee. He regurgitates, without the smallest digestive amendment, every morsel of its propaganda. Bill was set up by the extreme right wing, he was a hound dog who needed his space, he didn’t do it anyway, or if he did, they all do it….Please.” (Washington Post –...
Freedom and ModernityRichard Dien WinfieldThis book questions the postmodern credo that the autonomy of reason and action is a delusion, concealing our entrapment in historical convention and masking a logocentric domination. The author shows how this dogma not only assails a false vision of self-determination, but also how it ignores the way in which a critique of rational autonomy can provide no epistemology or ethics, nor any critique of modernity, without embracing the very independence of thought and conduct that it spurns. Freedom and Modernity offers a positive alternative revealing how self-determination is the very substance of legitimacy for both knowledge and conduct.
Richard Dien Winfield is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Overcoming Foundations; The Just Economy; and Reason and Justice.
Table Of Contents
A Note on the Text
Part I: Autonomous Reason
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The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre... Read more about: The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre »
Edited and Introduced by Robert Denoon Cumming
An excellent introduction to Jean-Paul Sartre’s work, both chronologically and conceptually. Sartre has much to say about everything from love and art to consciousness and personal identity. His insights are profound and in many ways have much relevance to every day life. I would recommend his work to anyone, but especially philosophers, psychologists and ministers/priests.
The Strength of the Wolf
The Secret History of America’s War on Drugs
“This fascinating and engrossing account of early US efforts to control the illegal drug trade is also much more. Valentine deeply examines the practices of the CIA, carefully and skillfully making a connection between it and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). The book exposes the close relationship between organized crime and those in intelligence. From the Cold War to the 1960s, FBN director Harry Anslinger, in a desperate bid to outflank the FBI, entered into a “suicidal” relationship with the CIA. In 1962, the FBN began “its descent into knave spookery and internecine warfare.”
“Valentine also smartly examines the CIA’s role in using drugs as a weapon to turn foreign agents and supply funds to anti-communist organizations. His account of MKULTRA — the CIA experiment with LSD — is fascinating and nicely documented. Exploring the deep politics defined by Peter Dale Scott (Deep Politics and the Death of JFK),...Read more about: The Strength of the Wolf »