Friends, we’re very proud of the thousands who marched this week calling for Trump’s impeachment. Thousands gathered for the march downtown here in Los Angele, and it was one of the biggest turnouts of the nearly 50 impeachment marches all across the country. We’re proud of the great awakening that is taking place and emerging in all sectors.
I’m privileged to have Dr. Rebecca Gordon today. She’s on the faculty of the University of San Francisco’s philosophy department and also for the university’s Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and Common Good. She’s give us her latest book, American Nuremberg, in which she writes that officials should stand trial for post-9/11 war crimes – a very timely discussion. Rebecca, your field is philosophy, and your doctorate is in ethics and social theory. I can’t think of anything more important than the need of ethics at this time. Would you care to comment on that?
Rebecca: Absolutely, I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s a discipline in philosophy; my degree is actually from the graduate theological union, so I also have some awareness and expertise in theological ethics. What it’s about is what kind of people do we want to be and what kind of lives do we want to live. What does it mean to live a good human life? This is the question that Aristotle started with, the question that St Augustine started with, the question that John Stuart Mill started with – and it’s the question that we as people living in the United States still need to be asking ourselves. I tell my friends that I have the best job in the world. I get to talk with young people about their deepest values at the very moment in their lives when they’re trying to figure out what those values are. I try to give them some tools to help them think about that, and ways of thinking of themselves not only as individuals and members of families and their relationships with other individuals – but my secret goal is that every student will come out of the class thinking of themselves as a citizen of the world. Not in the sense of immigration or national status, but in the sense of being a participant in the life of the human and non-human world in a real way. And so that’s my goal in the classes that I teach, and it’s an incredible privilege. (Read More)