The Reluctant RadicalsThe Reluctant Radicals

Considerably the wiser for the experience of attempting to justify himself before a throng of 400 curious citizens of Columbiana County , Ohio , Jacob grew increasingly reluctant to broadcast his radical views to hostile audiences .

Author: James L. Murphy


ISBN: UOM:39015019965469


Page: 288

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This book details the little-known history of the remarkably successful intentional community, Spirit Fruit Society, shedding new light on the origins of the Society, particularly its relationship with cereal foods magnate Charles W. Post, as well as the history of the related Overbrook, Massachusetts Colony. Among similar small, radical charismatic communal Christian groups, the Spirit Fruit Society is remarkable for its relatively long life and the length of time it survived after the death of the founder, Jacob L. Beilhart (1867-1908). The Society espoused a passive acceptance of events, individual freedom, and a belief in Universal life; its tenets derived largely from Christian Science, Spiritualism, Theosophy, and Adventism. The group believed that mankind was still in the 'bud' stage and had yet to reach spiritual fruition. Includes the Beilhart Genealogy, Spirit Fruit Constitution and Regulations, and The Post Connection.

Radical Critiques of the LawRadical Critiques of the Law

Chapter 6 Feminist Legal Critics : The Reluctant Radicals Patricia Smith Feminist legal criticism began not as a radical critique but as a liberal argument for the universal application of traditional legal categories .

Author: Stephen M. Griffin


ISBN: STANFORD:36105062256719


Page: 360

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The past two decades have seen an outpouring of work in legal theory that is self-consciously critical of aspects of American law and the institutions of the liberal state. In this lively volume, eminent scholars in philosophy, law, and political science respond to this recent scholarship by exploring what constitutes a "radical" critique of the law, examining such theories as critical legal studies, feminist theory and theories of "difference," and critical race theory. The authors consider whether the critiques advanced in recent legal theory can truly be called radical and what form a radical critique of American law should take. Writing at the cutting edge of the critique of critical legal theory, they offer insights first on critical legal scholarship, then on feminist political and legal theory. A third group of contributions questions the radicalness of these approaches in light of their failure to challenge fundamental aspects of liberalism, while a final section focuses on current issues of legal reform through critical views on criminal punishment, including observations on rape and hate speech. Each major essay describes the underlying principles in the development of a radical legal theory and addresses unresolved questions relating to it, while accompanying commentaries present conflicting views. The resulting dialogue explores wide-ranging issues like equity, value relativism, adversarial and empathic legal advocacy, communitarianism and the social contract, impartiality and contingency, "natural" law, and corrective justice. A common thread for many of the articles is a focus on the social dimension of society and law, which finds the individualism of prevailing liberal theories too limiting. Radical Critiques of the Law is particularly unique in presenting critical and feminist approaches in one volume-along with skeptical commentary about just how radical some critiques really are. Proposing alternative critiques that embody considerably greater promise of being truly radical, it offers provocative reading for both philosophers and legal scholars by showing that many claims to radicalism are highly problematic at best.

Unrespectable Radicals Unrespectable Radicals

Chapter 1 Unrespectable and Reluctant Radical : Benjamin Franklin as a Revolutionary Jack Fruchtman Jr Towson University , USA By 1776 when he signed the Declaration of Independence as a member of the Second Continental Congress ...

Author: Michael T. Davis

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754656195


Page: 240

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This book brings together an international team of experienced scholars to honour Iain McCalman for his contribution to the field of British studies and to further explore the concepts and subjects he pioneered. Each of the contributors has been invited to take part in this volume and has submitted an original essay on the assigned topic, ensuring that the entire volume presents a focused and coherent review of popular politics, from the meeting rooms of a reform society and the theatre stage, to the forum of the courtroom and the depths of prison.

Transatlantic Radicals and the Early American RepublicTransatlantic Radicals and the Early American Republic

His attacks forced the reluctant Mathew Carey into public debate , which lasted into 1799 , months after James ... The fact remains , however , that Cobbett remained impervious to the literary assaults of his radical exile opponents .

Author: Michael Durey


ISBN: UOM:39015036094657


Page: 448

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In the transatlantic world of the late eighteenth century, easterly winds blew radical thought to America. Thomas Paine had already arrived on these shores in 1774 and made his mark as a radical pamphleteer during the Revolution. In his wake followed more than 200 other radical exiles—English Dissenters, Whigs, and Painites; Scottish "lads o'parts"; and Irish patriots—who became influential newspaper writers and editors and helped change the nature of political discourse in a young nation. Michael Durey has written the first full-scale analysis of these radicals, evaluating the long-term influence their ideas have had on American political thought. Transatlantic Radicals uncovers the roots of their radicalism in the Old World and tells the story of how these men came to be exiled, how they emigrated, and how they participated in the politics of their adopted country. Nearly all of these radicals looked to Paine as their spiritual leader and to Thomas Jefferson as their political champion. They held egalitarian, anti-federalist values and promoted an extreme form of participatory democracy that found a niche in the radical wing of Jefferson's Republican Party. Their divided views on slavery, however, reveal that democratic republicanism was unable to cope with the realities of that institution. As political activists during the 1790s, they proved crucial to Jefferson's 1800 presidential victory; then, after his views moderated and their influence waned, many repatriated, others drifted into anonymity, and a few managed to find success in the New World. Although many of these men are known to us through other histories, their influence as a group has never before been so closely examined. Durey persuasively demonstrates that the intellectual ferment in Britain did indeed have tremendous influence on American politics. His account of that influence sheds considerable light on transatlantic political history and differences in religious, political, and economic freedoms. Skillfully balancing a large cast of characters, Transatlantic Radicals depicts the diversity of their experiences and shows how crucial these reluctant émigrés were to shaping our republic in its formative years.

Retrieving Darwin s Revolutionary IdeaRetrieving Darwin s Revolutionary Idea

This study examines the development of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

Author: Samuel Grove

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793632500


Page: 301

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This study examines the development of Darwin’s theory of natural selection. The author analyzes how the theory was rejected by the scientific community and argues that his radical thought anticipated Nietzsche’s Godless philosophy, Marx’s class-based economics, and Freud’s psychological theories of the unconscious.

A Radical History of Development StudiesA Radical History of Development Studies

Korten's perspective was therefore both normative and idealistic: [NGOs] ... seldom had a clear strategic focus, often lacked technical capability, and seemed reluctant to cooperate with other organisations .

Author: Uma Kothari

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 9781786991560


Page: 211

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In this book some of the leading thinkers in development studies trace the history of their multi-disciplinary subject from the late colonial period and its establishment during decolonization all the way through to its contemporary concerns with poverty reduction. They present a critical genealogy of development by looking at the contested evolution and roles of development institutions and exploring changes in development discourses. These recollections, by those who teach, research and practise development, challenge simplistic, unilinear periodizations of the evolution of the discipline, and draw attention to those ongoing critiques of development studies, including Marxism, feminism and postcolonialism, which so often have been marginalized in mainstream development discourse. The contributors combine personal and institutional reflections, with an examination of key themes, including gender and development, NGOs, and natural resource management. The book is radical in that it challenges orthodoxies of development theory and practice and highlights concealed, critical discourses that have been written out of conventional stories of development. The contributors provide different versions of the history of development by inscribing their experiences and interpretations, some from left-inclined intellectual perspectives. Their accounts elucidate a more complex and nuanced understanding of development studies over time, simultaneously revealing common themes and trends, and they also attempt to reposition Development Studies along a more critical trajectory.. The volume is intended to stimulate new thinking on where the discipline may be moving. It ought also to be of great use to students coming to grips with the historical continuities and divergences in the theory and practice of development.

The Reluctant Welfare StateThe Reluctant Welfare State

FIGURE 1.1 ( left ) An American conservative : President George W. Bush ; ( center ) An American liberal : Franklin Delano Roosevelt ; ( right ) An American radical : Jesse Jackson TABLE 1.1 Comparison of different ideologies A ...

Author: Bruce S. Jansson

Publisher: Brooks Cole

ISBN: UOM:39015060595223


Page: 536

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Written in clear, lively prose and supported by Jannson's impeccable research, this highly respected book analyzes the evolution of the American welfare state from colonial times to present--not only covering three centuries of historical developments, but contemporary policies in the first years of the 21st century--and it places social policy in its political, cultural, and societal context. Using social policy history as a catalyst, Jansson invites students to think critically about issues, developments, and policies in prior eras and in contemporary society, and he inspires students to develop their own "policy identity." This book uniquely links social welfare policy to an empowerment perspective, showing how African Americans, Latinos, women, gays and lesbians, Asian Americans, Native Americans, the elderly, poor people, and other vulnerable populations, as well as social reformers, have achieved progressive reforms through policy advocacy. By making these powerful connections among historical events, current social welfare policy, and the profession of social work, Jannson illustrates how a deep understanding of the past can inform our present and future actions.