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