The civilization that built the Sphinx, raised the pyramids and built the world’s first library also produced the world’s first physician, created geometry and astronomy and were among the first to explore the nature of our existence. And they passed their knowledge along to the Greeks. Modern people, in turn, have benefited greatly from this early education.
The holidays are part and parcel of the gross fraud, wrong, and inhumanity of slavery. They are professedly a custom established by the benevolence of the slaveholders; but I undertake to say, it is the result of selfishness, and one of the grossest frauds committed upon the down-trodden slave. They do not give the slaves this time because they would not like to have their work during its continuance, but because they know it would be unsafe to deprive them of it. This will be seen by the fact, that the slaveholders like to have their slaves spend those days just in such a manner as to make them as glad of their ending as of their beginning. Their object seems to be, to disgust their slaves with freedom, by plunging them into the lowest depths of dissipation.
Having an abundance of food allowed groups/tribes to shift from hunter-gathers to sedentary food-producers. A sedentary society gives rise to larger populations and higher population densities. Sedentary societies rely on a portion of the populace to produce enough food for everyone, while the remaining portion are free to explore other endeavors, such as becoming priests, scientists, bureaucrats, philosophers, etc. The human brain feeds on curiosity, and liberating more of them to study other facets of life, deepened human knowledge.
As the U.S. Department of Justice considers charging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the Espionage Act of 1917, we [Democracy Now!] speak with Robert Meeropol, the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg—the only U.S. citizens to be executed under the Espionage Act, in what’s been described as the most controversial death sentence in U.S. history.
From Democracy Now!: As the Justice Department announces it has closed nearly half of its investigations into unresolved killings from the civil rights era, we look back at the 1964 murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, the subject of the new documentary Neshoba: The Price of Freedom. Although dozens […]
First of all, have you heard of the orphan train? As America transitioned more and more from an agricultural society to an industrial one, the populations of cities swelled, and so the number of homeless persons swelled too. This was back when there was no such thing as a social safety net (besides the church), […]
This is an excerpt from a Democracy Now! report: “[25 years ago the Philadelphia police department conducted] a massive police operation that culminated in the helicopter bombing of the headquarters of a radical group known as MOVE. The fire from the attack killed six adults and five children and destroyed sixty-five homes. Despite two grand […]
Unless you have a particular interest in history, many events of the past are often forgotten, or viewed as not being relevant to modern-day society. However, I believe that mentality is disastrous for improving our present conditions, as well as preventing society from learning from its past. I find it hard to imagine that a […]
On October 12, Americans across the nation take a day off from work to celebrate “Columbus Day.” Throughout my life I have viewed this holiday as nothing more than just a chance to sleep-in. However, I recently came across a website that raises awareness of what we are actually celebrating. Christopher Columbus was the first […]
Maybe my interest in history is responsible for my worry that the current transformation of our society is shortening our collective memory and impeding our ability to truly learn from it. “And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed […]