Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known, but Lloyd Alter argues that our sewage systems and bathrooms are a disaster
On toilets, cholera, and a modern movement to compost human waste. It doesn’t mention Hugo, but I love these little reminders of how he’s still so relevant today.
Illustrations from the first Norwegian Les misérables translation from 1899, Part 2
Illustrator: Christian Krohg
Part 1 Book 2 Chapter 1
Text: The galley slave Jean Valjean
Gigi Ibrahim, a socialist activist and one of the leaders of the Egyptian revolutionary movement, discusses the political situation in Egypt and describes how conditions have worsened for protesters seeking democracy.
You want to do something worthwhile to observe Barricade Day? Listen to this powerful interview with Gigi Ibrahim about the ongoing fight for Egyptian democracy.
New evil life goal: to convince the city council of Hugo, MN to install a “dead end” sign at the entrance to the Grantaire cul-de-sac.
Custom may familiarize mankind with the violation of their natural rights to such an extent, that even among those who have lost or been deprived of these rights, no one thinks of reclaiming them, or is even conscious that they have suffered any injustice.
Certain of these violations (of natural right) have escaped the notice of philosophers and legislators, even while concerning themselves zealously to establish the common rights of individuals of the human race and in this way to lay the foundation of political institutions. For example, have they not all violated the principle of equality of rights in depriving one-half of the human race of the right of taking part in the formation of laws by excluding women from the rights of citizenship? Could there be a stronger proof of the power of habit, even among enlightened men, than to hear invoked the principle of equal rights in favor of perhaps some 300 or 400 men, who had been deprived of it by an absurd prejudice, and forget it when it concerns some 12,000 women?
To show that this exclusion is not an act of tyranny, it must be proved either that the natural rights of women are not absolutely the same as those of men, or that women are not capable of exercising these rights.
But the rights of men result simply from the fact that they are rational, sentient beings, susceptible of acquiring ideas of morality, and of reasoning concerning those ideas. Women having, then, the same qualities, have necessarily the same rights. Either no individual of the human species has any true rights, or all have the same; and he or she who votes against the rights of another, whatever may be his or her religion, colour, or sex, has by that fact abjured his own.
Condorcet, being really fabulous in On the Admission of Women to the Rights of Citizenship
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