By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
The eruption of mass protests within the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in big apple urban have challenged the impunity with which officials of the legislation perform violence opposed to Black humans and punctured the semblance of a postracial the United States. The Black Lives subject stream has woke up a brand new iteration of activists.
In this stirring and insightful research, activist and pupil Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the old and modern ravages of racism and patience of structural inequality corresponding to mass incarceration and Black unemployment. during this context, she argues that this new fight opposed to police violence holds the aptitude to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.
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The homage that both Fichte and Hegel pay to Machiavelli shows that they were aware, prior to Marx’s “Theses on Feuerbach,” that philosophy can and should become practical. Although they both admired the manner in which Machiavelli used his voice to speak to his political audience, they each developed the lessons taught by his example in a different way. Unfortunately, neither Fichte nor Marx took Machiavelli’s recommendation for “calm and moderation” seriously enough, although perhaps Hegel did so in his more mature (and un-Machiavellian) works.
Kant’s claims about universal consent as the touchstone of both truth and justice—a claim I will unpack in the next two Chapters—can be traced back to Rousseau’s claims, in The Social Contract, about the volonté générale. After Kant, there were further developments of Rousseauian themes. Fichte’s explicit consideration of the problem of the origin of language ﬁnds its source in Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality. Hegel’s social ethics of Sittlichkeit is preﬁgured in Rousseau’s discussion, in the Discourse, of the developmental progress of languages and mores from family life to local societies and on to nations.
22 Both Fichte and Hegel asked for a more nuanced response to Machiavelli, one which recognized the peculiarities of Machiavelli’s historical task and the type of voice and language with which he spoke. In their reﬂections upon Machiavelli, they ask the historian of philosophy to be aware of the real historical quality of the philosopher’s voice and to locate it historically as a form of address. , a nation in disarray that needed a strong hand to bring about national unity. Fichte and Hegel both seemed to realize the need for a German Machiavelli—a philosopher who would address political affairs in order to inspire action.