Empathy and Solidarity

Quarto Stato, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo By Duncan Riley 1/10/2020   For all those interested in the role education can play in provoking social transformation, the distinction between empathy and solidarity is of key importance. Empathy, arising in reaction to the suffering of others, is a passive sympathy for the suffering of others, a recognition … Continue reading Empathy and Solidarity

Humanity, Inhumanity, and Revolutionary Friendship

  The destruction of the guillotine by the Communards By Duncan Riley 1/1/2020   Most of the essays which I have written over the past few months have grown out of conversations shared with a close friend over dinner. I find that ideas, though they may be interesting when contemplated in solitude, only acquire their … Continue reading Humanity, Inhumanity, and Revolutionary Friendship

Prisons and the Expropriation of the Body

Art by BlueBerryMouseYumi  on Deviant Art By Duncan Riley 12/26/2019   To arrest someone is an act of violence. To handcuff them, to force them to undergo invasive searches, and to lock them in a jail is to fundamentally compromise their bodily autonomy and personal liberty, to rip from them their humanity in order to … Continue reading Prisons and the Expropriation of the Body

It’s Not About Four Years, It’s About Five Centuries

Amazon workers on strike in Shakopee this past summer, Photo by Kerem Yucel. By Duncan Riley 12/22/2019   In response to the Trump administration’s most recent reactionary measure targeting immigrants, an executive order giving counties and states the right to block refugee resettlement, Governor Walz asserted in his recent letter to Secretary of State Pompeo … Continue reading It’s Not About Four Years, It’s About Five Centuries

The People’s Tide: Revolution, Electoralism, and the State in the Pink Tide

Photo by Carlos Figueroa By Duncan Riley 11/27/2019     The world, today, is caught in the grips of a great revolt. On streets and in plazas across the globe, the world which bureaucrats, generals, and multinational corporations have so carefully constructed over the past five decades is increasingly threatened, as the long-smoldering embers of … Continue reading The People’s Tide: Revolution, Electoralism, and the State in the Pink Tide