TAG: governance

How Plato’s “The Republic” Describes Today’s Society

Julian Websdale, Contributor Waking Times The Republic (Greek: Πολιτεία, Politeia) is a Socratic dialogue, written by Plato around 380 BC, concerning the definition of justice and the order and character of the just city-state and the just man. It is Plato’s best-known work and has proven to be one of the most intellectually and historically influential

Civil Disobedience: The Right of Revolution

Barbara H. Peterson, Guest Waking Times Henry David Thoreau’s essay “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience” written in 1849 is as relevant to the times now as it was then. We have a right to stand up and question any institution or individual that claims authority over us, just as he did then. In fact, it

People, Law, Government – Three Elements at the Center of the Human Story

Jeffrey Scott, Guest Waking Times People. Law. Government.  These three elements have been at the center of the human story since recorded history and the subject of dreamers and despots alike. How shall people live in a society? Who decides “rights” and whether they are granted or a natural birthright? Are governments created to serve

Non-Compliance: A Spiritual Revolution

Chris Bourne, Openhand Contributor Waking Times People of the world rise up Right now, people around the world are speaking of rebellion against this unjust system that not only supports our lives, but controls them. Rioting is happening on the streets of Istanbul and in Brazil, the people are rallying against inequality and poverty. That’s

Eco-Moral Tribalism as a New-World Ethic

Z, Contributing Writer Waking Times There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. –Machiavelli History will have to record that the greatest tragedy in this period of social transition was

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