Freedom as Social Responsibility, Part II

Progress for democracy lies in enhancing the actual freedom, initiative, and spontaneity of the individual, not only in certain private and spiritual matters, but above all in the activity fundamental to every man’s existence, his work. [i]  Erich Fromm In part I, I explored freedom as a social activity. Describing it as radical freedom, I suggested … Continue reading Freedom as Social Responsibility, Part II

In-Between Patriotism

This essay originally appeared on Progressive Southern Theologians (www.progressivesoutherntheologians.com). I encourage you to click the link for more progressive theological explorations of US politics, history, and religion.  Like every other country, ours has a lot to be proud of and a lot to be ashamed of. But a nation cannot reform itself unless it takes … Continue reading In-Between Patriotism

Who Cares?

The struggle begins with men's recognition that they have been destroyed. Propaganda, management, manipulation - all arms of domination - cannot be the instruments of their rehumanization. The only effective instrument is a humanizing pedagogy in which the revolutionary leadership establishes a permanent relationship of dialogue with the oppressed. - Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the … Continue reading Who Cares?