John Devlin is a nonprofit manager, Editor in Chief at Speak Freely, and a Contributor at Young Voices
‘In memory of Karl Hess,’ reads the opening page of the 2011 essay collection Markets Not Capitalism, edited by Charles Johnson and Gary Chartier. On a surface level, it might seem odd to find a dedication to Hess — a primary author of the Republican Party’s early 1960s platforms who had earlier been involved in the launch of William F. Buckley’s National Review — in a left-leaning anarchist book that rails against “bosses, inequality, corporate power, and structural poverty.” But then, Hess is a figure whose political journey was more complex and revelatory than most.
This article was first published on the Speak Freely blog. “Fear shrinks our world instead of opening it up to new possibilities.” So writes Stephen Kent, the political commentator, Star Wars enthusiast and author of How the Force Can Fix The World: Lessons on Life, Liberty and Happiness from a Galaxy Far, Far, Away. The book, which seeks to apply lessons from the Star Wars universe to the political and cultural landscape we see around us today, explores themes from the franchise such as humility, hope,empathy, and balance. In them, it uncovers parables that could bind us,
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