Abolish the Police and the World that Created Them

By Duncan Riley 6/8/2020 Edited on 6/16/2020 to correct an error in the first paragraph. The date of the city council's declaration was given as the 7th of May, when it in fact occurred on the 7th of June.   Ever since the uprising sparked by the murder of George Floyd on the 25th of … Continue reading Abolish the Police and the World that Created Them

The Façade of Greatness: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Napoleon at the Borodino Heights,  by Vasili Vasilyevich Vereshchagin,  1897 By Duncan Riley 3/1/2020   Murder, generally speaking, is frowned upon in polite society. Consequently, if an individual were to detonate a bomb in a crowded street, killing and wounding dozens of people, they would no doubt meet with general reproach and condemnation from all … Continue reading The Façade of Greatness: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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 true vitality … 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