In this lecture we cover the moral philosophies surrounding the notions of justice and human rights, and evaluate the idea of relativity as a moral theory.
The Progressive Era
This selection from The Unfinished Nation provides a good picture of how many of the United States’ primary issues of justice and rights arose, and how various social forces shaped the culture we live in today.
- U.S. Child Labor, 1908-1920 (on the role of photographer Lewis W. Hine in exposing the conditions of child labor in the US)
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (free ebook or audiobook)
Making a Just World
In the course of telling several stories to illustrate what she calls “a life of immersion,” founder of the Acumen Fund Jacqueline Novogratz showcases both the good and evil sides of justice.
- Patient Capitalism (another talk by Novogratz on the change-based economics of the Acumen Fund)
- The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
“Come on and Bring on the Reparations” by the late performance poet Sekou Sundiata spins a rhythmic call for compensatory justice.
For a closer-to-home example, here is Aaron Huey telling the story of how deception, manipulation, and brute force were used to re-locate the Native American population during the European patriation of North America. Can an act of justice now begin to make up for the past perpetrations of injustice against Native Americans?