Below, TPQ in its own small contribution to freedom of inquiry provides an intro from the Geras piece and a link to the entire version. If academic spinelessness cannot help itself desist from limiting the growth and diffusion of intellectual life, then students themselves with the aid of those who value the cerebral over the censor need to step into the breach and prevent Prevent from suffocating public discourse.
Of Our Morals: The Ethics Of Revolution by Norman Geras
In this essay I shall be concerned with what can be termed, broadly, the ethics of revolution.
I consider by what normative principles socialists might be guided, whether in judgement or in action, when it comes to revolutionary change.
A comprehensive treatment of the issue would require more space than I have here.
assessment of social and political institutions, a large enough desideratum, evidently, in itself; but
also, with it, the resolution of some deep questions in moral philosophy.
I shall have some things to say about all this. But I cannot deal with it, so to speak, from the bottom up.
In much, I have to proceed instead assertively, relying where I can on the advocacy of others, or on
the belief simply that a needed argument could be supplied.
The procedure allows me to use what space I have for concentration upon a narrower purpose.
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