Previously posted here as the introductory post, but here’s the highlights:
The title for this blog comes from Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls: “If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for”, Robert Jordan thinks towards the conclusion of the novel. And so it is—or we hope it to be so at least. But, they did not win there. And, the fight is still on whether we speak up or not; if we don’t do it, someone else will do it for us.
The idea for “…and worth the fighting for…” sat around for a long time. Originally, it was conceived of as a space whereby each contributor would take his or her own take on Hemingway’s quote (though clearly not his idea alone) whether writing on education, public policy, feminism, race, pop culture, praxis, literature, civil rights, history, economics, film, militarism, or any other area that we might stumble upon along the way. The blog holds that politics is active everywhere, in all spheres, so it is redundant to name it as its own category. Any topic is up for grabs, hopefully with an eye, however distant, towards eventual praxis. Though this, too, is up for discussion—which is perhaps the sole unifying theme.
Ultimately, this is place for rigorous, radical thought in the hope of spurring conscious change of thought, then action. And, welcome to “…and worth the fighting for…”