HOW TO TURN THE TABLES ON AUTHORITY LIKE A F@*%ING GENIUS

by Gary Z McGee, Guest Waking Times “In the act of provoking people to think differently, philosophers make it clear that we are not fated to live within the often-stifling systems of thought that we inherit. We can change the subject.” ~Raymond Geuss Are you sick and tired of TV talking-heads babbling their way through political propaganda and scapegoating each other through underhanded claptrap that does nothing more than keep outdated bipartisan “authority” entrenched in the minds of the people? If not, have you ever asked yourself why you just go along with it? Have you ever questioned the nature of authority itself? … Continue reading HOW TO TURN THE TABLES ON AUTHORITY LIKE A F@*%ING GENIUS

Dignity is delicate

Renford McIntyre pictured in Dudley, England, after being declared an illegal immigrant despite 50 years of living and working in the UK. Photo by Andrew Testa/Panos Human dignity is a concept with remarkably shallow historical roots. Is that why it is so presently endangered? Remy Debes is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Memphis and the editor of The Southern Journal of Philosophy. He is the editor of Dignity: A History(2017), a volume of the Oxford Philosophical Concepts series and a project of the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy.  His new monograph (in progress) is entitled, Respect as Understanding. Edited by Sam Dresser … Continue reading Dignity is delicate

HOW TO WAKE UP

by Caitlin Johnstone Waking Times I’ve been putting off writing this article all year, but readers keep asking for it, and since I’ve been writing about mass enlightenment a lot lately I figure I might as well slip it in now. It is a well-documented fact that it is possible for the human organism to move into a far more healthy relationship with thought than the one which most people experience. This shift has been written about for as long as there has been written language, and scientists have been confirming its existence using modern studies now. Spiritual enlightenment is real, and it is possible. It is … Continue reading HOW TO WAKE UP

Why Technology Favors Tyranny

Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it. by YUVAL NOAH HARARI I. The Growing Fear of Irrelevance There is nothing inevitable about democracy. For all the success that democracies have had over the past century or more, they are blips in history. Monarchies, oligarchies, and other forms of authoritarian rule have been far more common modes of human governance. The emergence of liberal democracies is associated with ideals of liberty and equality that may … Continue reading Why Technology Favors Tyranny

THE PARADOX OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE

by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times “Absolute freedom mocks justice. Absolute justice denies freedom. To be fruitful, the two ideas must find their limits in each other.” ~Albert Camus, The Rebel Standing on the shoulder of the philosophical giant Albert Camus in order to see further is no easy task. But we’re going to attempt it anyway through use of metaphor, analogy and a story. Setting the stage: “There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact … Continue reading THE PARADOX OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE

DURING PROHIBITION GOVERNMENT POISONED ALCOHOL KILLED AS MANY AS 10,000 AMERICANS

by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times  The U.S. government has a long and despicable history of experimentation on the public, often causing extreme harm and even the deaths of unsuspecting citizens. Even as recently as this year it was revealed that the government is still conducting classified experiments on people. It has been proven time and again that the feds can be ruthless out outright evil in the pursuit of their goals. Rewind now to the prohibition era of the early 20th century when the feds waged a pitiless battle against the sale, transport and consumption of alcohol from 1920-1933. During this time, … Continue reading DURING PROHIBITION GOVERNMENT POISONED ALCOHOL KILLED AS MANY AS 10,000 AMERICANS

GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP

by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times “The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.” ~George Orwell The big tech companies are now openly censoring popular viewpoints and deleting select social media pages who supposedly ‘violate community guidelines.’ There is, of course, never a detailed explanation of why companies like You Tube and Facebook delete user generated pages (our You Tube page was deleted in 2017 for no apparent reason and our Facebook page has been throttled down to almost no reach), and there is never a reasonable way to … Continue reading GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP