What drives and sustains people to believe that they can and must change the world, no matter how great the sacrifice? And how does such struggle change them? The Bookbinder questions such revolutionary ambitions at two historical moments. In Paris in 1870-71, a naïve 17-year old apprentice bookbinder, full of hormonal excitement and revolutionary illusions, … read more »
We feel it — don’t you? “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold”. Everything is changing so fast, so many crises are coming one on top of another, we can sense that the world is again coming to an end, as it did for Yeats and his generation in 1914-1919. Or for the Ancien régime … read more »
(From my files) If you expand the image, you’ll see that I made these sketches of Matt Wuerker, Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins), Ted Rall and Peter Kuper at the 2001 Socialist Scholars Conference in New York. Click for more recent work by Matt Wuerker, Tom Tomorrow, Ted Rall, and Peter Kuper.
Today I received this notice from Academia.edu: “Your most popular paper for the week was Liberty and People: Ideological Analysis of the Political Writings of Simón Bolívar, which had 8 views.” Almost every week, someone — in some weeks, a dozen or more — consults this essay that I wrote in 1982 for the “PRIMERA … read more »
Today I celebrated my 75th birthday with friends in a restaurant (also run by friends) here in our village, and shared with them this reflection in Spanish, Un mayor de la tribu. I posted a similar, but more developed, statement in English 5 years ago, Becoming an elder. In a nutshell, I’m saying that I … read more »