The Moral Equivalent of War

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by William James This essay, based on a speech delivered at Stanford University in 1906, is the origin of the idea of organized national service. The line of descent runs directly from this address to the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps to the Peace Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps. Though some phrases grate upon … Read More

Walking

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by Henry David Thoreau This essay was presented as a lecture by Thoreau in his later years but only published after his death. It’s best known quote, “In wildness is the preservation of the world,” has become one of the rallying cries of the environmental movement. But Thoreau means much more by … Read More

The Long Lost Last Dialogues of Socrates

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by Plato Responsible for their translation and publication–Paul A. Lee, Director The Platonic Academy Santa Cruz, California September l981 The Academy has located two important sites: * from Professor Brumbaugh of Yale University we have been given the address of the original Academy. It is now our intention to reconstitute the original … Read More

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