Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays

Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays

Other titles: Lessons from a dark time and other essays Description: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]| Includes index. | Identifiers: LCCN 2018009384 (print) | LCCN 2018012726 (ebook) | ISBN 9780520969674 ...

Author: Adam Hochschild

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520969674

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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In this rich collection, bestselling author Adam Hochschild has selected and updated over two dozen essays and pieces of reporting from his long career. Threaded through them all is his concern for social justice and the people who have fought for it. The articles here range from a California gun show to a Finnish prison, from a Congolese center for rape victims to the ruins of gulag camps in the Soviet Arctic, from a stroll through construction sites with an ecologically pioneering architect in India to a day on the campaign trail with Nelson Mandela. Hochschild also talks about the writers he loves, from Mark Twain to John McPhee, and explores such far-reaching topics as why so much history is badly written, what bookshelves tell us about their owners, and his front-row seat for the shocking revelation in the 1960s that the CIA had been secretly controlling dozens of supposedly independent organizations. With the skills of a journalist, the knowledge of a historian, and the heart of an activist, Hochschild shares the stories of people who took a stand against despotism, spoke out against unjust wars and government surveillance, and dared to dream of a better and more just world.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Up from the Depths

Up from the Depths

And note Adam Hochschild's recent comment that “when times are dark, we need moral ancestors”: Adam Hochschild, Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018), 2. 9.

Author: Aaron Sachs

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691215419

Category: History

Page: 472

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A double portrait of two of America’s most influential writers that reveals the surprising connections between them—and their uncanny relevance to our age of crisis Up from the Depths tells the interconnected stories of two of the most important writers in American history—the novelist and poet Herman Melville (1819–1891) and one of his earliest biographers, the literary critic and historian Lewis Mumford (1895–1990). Deftly cutting back and forth between the writers, Aaron Sachs reveals the surprising resonances between their lives, work, and troubled times—and their uncanny relevance in our own age of crisis. The author of Moby-Dick was largely forgotten for several decades after his death, but Mumford helped spearhead Melville’s revival in the aftermath of World War I and the 1918–1919 flu pandemic, when American culture needed a forebear with a suitably dark vision. As Mumford’s career took off and he wrote books responding to the machine age, urban decay, world war, and environmental degradation, it was looking back to Melville’s confrontation with crises such as industrialization, slavery, and the Civil War that helped Mumford to see his own era clearly. Mumford remained obsessed with Melville, ultimately helping to canonize him as America’s greatest tragedian. But largely forgotten today is one of Mumford’s key insights—that Melville’s darkness was balanced by an inspiring determination to endure. Amid today’s foreboding over global warming, racism, technology, pandemics, and other crises, Melville and Mumford remind us that we’ve been in this struggle for a long time. To rediscover these writers today is to rediscover how history can offer hope in dark times.
Categories: History

Rebel Cinderella

Rebel Cinderella

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Author: Adam Hochschild

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9781328866745

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 335

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Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears and led strikes of restaurant waiters and garment workers. She campaigned alongside the country's earliest feminists to publicly defy laws against distributing information about birth control, earning her notoriety as "one of the dangerous influences of the country" from President Woodrow Wilson. But in a way no one foresaw, her too-short life would end in the same abject poverty with which it began.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

King Leopold s Ghost

King Leopold s Ghost

He is also the author of To End All Wars: A Story of Protest and Patriotism in the First World War; Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939; and most recently Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays.

Author: Adam Hochschild

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781529014617

Category: History

Page: 474

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Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize, King Leopold’s Ghost is the true and haunting account of Leopold's brutal regime and its lasting effect on a ruined nation. With an introduction by award-winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver. In the late nineteenth century, when the great powers in Europe were tearing Africa apart and seizing ownership of land for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium took hold of the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. In his devastatingly barbarous colonization of this area, Leopold stole its rubber and ivory, pummelled its people and set up a ruthless regime that would reduce the population by half. While he did all this, he carefully constructed an image of himself as a deeply feeling humanitarian. King Leopold's Ghost is the inspiring and deeply moving account of a handful of missionaries and other idealists who travelled to Africa and unwittingly found themselves in the middle of a gruesome holocaust. Instead of turning away, these brave few chose to stand up against Leopold. Adam Hochschild brings life to this largely untold story and, crucially, casts blame on those responsible for this atrocity. 'All the tension and drama that one would expect in a good novel' - Robert Harris, author of Fatherland
Categories: History

Last Call Humanity Hanging From A Cross Of Iron And Our Escape To Another Planet

Last Call  Humanity Hanging From A Cross Of Iron And Our Escape To Another Planet

Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 18. Saul Friedlander (1997). Nazi Germany and the Jews (Vol. 1). Harper Collins, New York. 19. John Dominic Crossan (1996). Who killed Jesus?

Author: Daniel R Altschuler

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789811253638

Category: Science

Page: 481

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This book tries to look at human thought and action from a scientific perspective, and in the process, acquaints the reader with essential concepts about science and its history. It takes a broad look at our present troubles without overlooking some crucial historical, religious, and political causes but places science at the center stage.The author applies what he has learned throughout his career to go beyond science. After an introduction setting the scene and a review of the 'scientific temper' and the inexcusable ignorance of science by some leaders and many followers, the author turns his sharp vision to look at other issues. The most significant challenges are critical and global: climate change caused by our activities, stockpiles of nuclear weapons that are a constant threat, population growth, and increasing inequality at all levels. These problems do have a profound ethical character and threaten to end forever with our misery, producing a 'catastrophic convergence'.Written with rigor for all readers, with many references and infused with relevant quotations, the author's message is clear: we need to change our ways drastically and urgently, now or never. But he offers not much in terms of a solution, something done by many authors to sweeten the pill, because as he argues, beyond lofty declarations, there is no real solution as the clock runs down, leading to his dystopian view of the future.
Categories: Science

Driving While Brown

Driving While Brown

Adam Hochschild, author of Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays “ Driving While Brown is an engaging chronicle of hate disguised as populism, from its short shelf life to how it inspired courageous activists to stand up, push back, ...

Author: Terry Greene Sterling

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520389809

Category: History

Page: 431

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"A smart, well-documented book about a group of people determined to hold the powerful to account."—2021 NPR "Books We Love" "Journalism at its best."—2022 Southwest Books of the Year: Top Pick A 2021 Immigration Book of the Year, Immigration Prof Blog Investigative Reporters & Editors Book Award Finalist 2021 How Latino activists brought down powerful Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Journalists Terry Greene Sterling and Jude Joffe-Block spent years chronicling the human consequences of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s relentless immigration enforcement in Maricopa County, Arizona. In Driving While Brown, they tell the tale of two opposing movements that redefined Arizona’s political landscape—the restrictionist cause advanced by Arpaio and the Latino-led resistance that rose up against it. The story follows Arpaio, his supporters, and his adversaries, including Lydia Guzman, who gathered evidence for a racial-profiling lawsuit that took surprising turns. Guzman joined a coalition determined to stop Arpaio, reform unconstitutional policing, and fight for Latino civil rights. Driving While Brown details Arpaio's transformation—from "America’s Toughest Sheriff," who forced inmates to wear pink underwear, into the nation’s most feared immigration enforcer who ended up receiving President Donald Trump’s first pardon. The authors immerse readers in the lives of people on both sides of the battle and uncover the deep roots of the Trump administration's immigration policies. The result of tireless investigative reporting, this powerful book provides critical insights into effective resistance to institutionalized racism and the community organizing that helped transform Arizona from a conservative stronghold into a battleground state.
Categories: History

Liberalism in Dark Times

Liberalism in Dark Times

... New York Times Book Review, May 3, 2013, online at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/books/review/shadow-warrior-by-randall-b-woods.html Thompson, E. P. “Outside the Whale,” in Thompson, The Poverty of Theory & Other Essays, 211–43.

Author: Joshua L. Cherniss

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691220949

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

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A timely defense of liberalism that draws vital lessons from its greatest midcentury proponents Today, liberalism faces threats from across the political spectrum. While right-wing populists and leftist purists righteously violate liberal norms, theorists of liberalism seem to have little to say. In Liberalism in Dark Times, Joshua Cherniss issues a rousing defense of the liberal tradition, drawing on a neglected strand of liberal thought. Assaults on liberalism—a political order characterized by limits on political power and respect for individual rights—are nothing new. Early in the twentieth century, democracy was under attack around the world, with one country after another succumbing to dictatorship. While many intellectuals dismissed liberalism as outdated, unrealistic, or unworthy, a handful of writers defended and reinvigorated the liberal ideal, including Max Weber, Raymond Aron, Albert Camus, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Isaiah Berlin—each of whom is given a compelling new assessment here. Building on the work of these thinkers, Cherniss urges us to imagine liberalism not as a set of policies but as a temperament or disposition—one marked by openness to complexity, willingness to acknowledge uncertainty, tolerance for difference, and resistance to ruthlessness. In the face of rising political fanaticism, he persuasively argues for the continuing importance of this liberal ethos.
Categories: Philosophy

The German Revolution and Political Theory

The German Revolution and Political Theory

The reason for Arendt's initial intention to dedicate the essay to Luxemburg seems clear enough: Luxemburg was one ... puts it in an essay she wrote on Luxemburg in the collection of essays Men in Dark Times, Luxemburg learned from the ...

Author: Gaard Kets

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030139179

Category: Political Science

Page: 363

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This book is the first collection within political theory to examine the ideas and debates of the German Revolution of 1918/19. It discusses the political theorists and actors of the revolution and uncovers an incredibly fertile body of political thought. Revolutionary events led to the proliferation of new political strategies, theoretical insights and institutional proposals. Key questions included the debate between a national assembly and a council system, the socialisation of the economy, the development of new forms of political representation and the proper role of parliaments, political parties and trade unions. This book offers novel perspectives on the history of the revolution, a thorough engagement with its main thinkers and an analysis of its relevance for contemporary political thought.
Categories: Political Science

Communication Ethics in Dark Times

Communication Ethics in Dark Times

after another—forty-one essays in all, ranging from three to thirty-three pages in length, each attentive to questions that emerge within a given historical ... Essays in Understanding frames individual lessons on the pragmatics of ...

Author: Ronald C. Arnett

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809331338

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

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Renowned in the disciplines of political theory and philosophy, Hannah Arendt’s searing critiques of modernity continue to resonate in other fields of thought decades after she wrote them. In Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt’s Rhetoric of Warning and Hope, author Ronald C. Arnett offers a groundbreaking examination of fifteen of Arendt’s major scholarly works, considering the German writer’s contributions to the areas of rhetoric and communication ethics for the first time. Arnett focuses on Arendt’s use of the phrase “dark times” to describe the mistakes of modernity, defined by Arendt as the post-Enlightenment social conditions, discourses, and processes ruled by principles of efficiency, progress, and individual autonomy. These principles, Arendt argues, have led humanity down a path of folly, banality, and hubris. Throughout his interpretive evaluation, Arnett illuminates the implications of Arendt’s persistent metaphor of “dark times” and engages the question, How might communication ethics counter the tenets of dark times and their consequences? A compelling study of Hannah Arendt’s most noteworthy works and their connections to the fields of rhetoric and communication ethics, Communication Ethics in Dark Times provides an illuminating introduction for students and scholars of communication ethics and rhetoric, and a tool with which experts may discover new insights, connections, and applications to these fields. Top Book Award for Philosophy of Communication Ethics by Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association, 2013
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Lessons from Walden

Lessons from Walden

Reason in Dark Times. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jefferson, Thomas. ... The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. ———. A Sand County Almanac. New York: Ballantine Books, ...

Author: Bob Pepperman Taylor

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 9780268107352

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Throughout this original and passionate book, Bob Pepperman Taylor presents a wide-ranging inquiry into the nature and implications of Henry David Thoreau’s thought in Walden and Civil Disobedience. Taylor pursues this inquiry in three chapters, each focusing on a single theme: chapter 1 examines simplicity and the ethics of “voluntary poverty,” chapter 2 looks at civil disobedience and the role of “conscience” in democratic politics, and chapter 3 concentrates on what “nature” means to us today and whether we can truly “learn from nature.” Taylor considers Thoreau’s philosophy, and the philosophical problems he raises, from the perspective of a wide range of thinkers and commentators drawn from history, philosophy, the social sciences, and popular media, breathing new life into Walden and asking how it is alive for us today. In Lessons from Walden, Taylor allows all sides to have their say, even as he persistently steers the discussion back to a nuanced reading of Thoreau’s actual position. With its tone of friendly urgency, this interdisciplinary tour de force will interest students and scholars of American literature, environmental ethics, and political theory, as well as environmental activists, concerned citizens, and anyone troubled with the future of democracy.
Categories: Political Science