“Can Capitalism Survive?” Ch. 1 – The Rate of Increase of Total Output by Joseph Schumpeter (1942)

“Can Capitalism Survive?” Ch. 1 – The Rate of Increase of Total Output by Joseph Schumpeter (1942) Capitalism already has 2 strikes against it with a lot of people with respect to economics & cultural results In fact, it’s a breach of etiquette not to condemn it You have to point out its inadequacies &… Read more “Can Capitalism Survive?” Ch. 1 – The Rate of Increase of Total Output by Joseph Schumpeter (1942)

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830) Swift’s ability as a poet is often overlooked because of his ability to write prose If he had never written “Tale of a Tub” or “Gulliver’s Travels”, he’d still be known as a poet Dry humor, agreeable morality, exquisite tone of irony, touching pathos blended with satire “Description of… Read more “On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

“What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)

“What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869) It all depends… if someone I trust recommends it to me, I’ll give it a whirl – all my attention & give my honest opinion The English have been writing essays for non-personal opinions – abstract & moral – should be moderate & leisurely – not… Read more “What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)

“Marriage Protest” by Lucy Stone & Henry Blackwell (1855)

“Marriage Protest” by Lucy Stone & Henry Blackwell (1855) We urge others to protest laws about marriage that give the husband unfair powers, including: Custody over the wife’s person Exclusive control & custody over their children Sole ownership of her personal property & real estate Rights to the fruits of her labor Laws give a… Read more “Marriage Protest” by Lucy Stone & Henry Blackwell (1855)

“Declaration of Sentiments” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1848)

“Declaration of Sentiments” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1848) [Mirroring the language of the Declaration of Independence] We’re at a time where we’ve got to start questioning if it’s right that half the population speak up & change its role Natural rights & God’s will require it Men & women are self-evidently equal & have rights… Read more “Declaration of Sentiments” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1848)

“The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983)

“The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983) Frederick Douglass credits women with being one of the largest proponents of the abolition of slavery He was also a prominent women’s rights advocates This led to much ridicule Women joined the anti-slavery movement Harriet… Read more “The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights.” Chapter 2 in Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis (1983)

“Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838)

“Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838) Thinking about slaves has made me realize abolition is the highest moral cause of our time Humans have rights because they are moral beings Since they all have the same moral nature, they all have the same rights They’ve been taken from slaves but not… Read more “Human Rights Not Founded on Sex” by Angelina Grimke (1838)

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies Marching an army of 100000 men 300 or so miles means spending 1000 golds pieces a day These men will be away from their families & farms affecting 700000 families Armies can remain in a stand-off for years Generals… Read more The Art of War – Sun Tzu (5th Century BC) – Chapter 13 – Employing Spies