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Amor Mundi 05/22/16

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In this week's Amor Mundi, we take a look at the persistence of non-facts in an article by Daniel Egber for Five Thirty Eight, take a peek at the relatively unknown, but important Oulipo movement, consider a Digital Humanities and more... Posted on 22 May 2016 | 8:00 pm

John Adams on Education

One of the great documents of American history is the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, written in 1779 by John Adams. In Section Two of Chapter Six, Adams offers one of the most eloquent testaments to the political virtues of education. He writes: Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the…Read more John Adams on Education Posted on 1 February 2013 | 11:25 am

Voting for Frito Lay

In a column in The Daily Beast, Buzz Bissinger writes: The tipping point toward a candidate is perhaps the greatest act of individuality in our unique democracy, although in this day and age of unprecedented political divide, telling somebody who you are voting for has no upside: There is no respect for your right as…Read more Voting for Frito Lay Posted on 8 October 2012 | 11:04 am

Occupy Wukan: Or What the Chinese Can Teach OWS About Democracy and Revolution

The most exciting aspect of Occupy Wall Street was seeing Americans—young and old, white and black, Jew and Muslim—coming together in public spaces to talk about matters of public importance. The most disheartening failure of Occupy Wall Street was how quickly those conversations turned to navel gazing. Instead of aiming to lead, to take on…Read more Occupy Wukan: Or What the Chinese Can Teach OWS About Democracy and Revolution Posted on 7 March 2012 | 1:18 pm

Don’t Be Afraid to Say “Revolution”?

Cornell West was one of the first celebrity academics to arrive at Occupy Wall Street last week. Because amplified sound is prohibited in Zuccotti Park—the protesters have never applied for a protest permit—the speaker’s words are repeated by the audience to make them audible for larger groups. Thus West’s refrain issued repeatedly in the dark…Read more Don’t Be Afraid to Say “Revolution”? Posted on 5 October 2011 | 3:58 pm