Citizen Action Monitor

Philosopher John Gray reflects on the many different reasons that impel humans to be violent

“Violence cannot be eradicated: civilization is natural for human beings, but so is barbarism,” he concludes. No 1790 Posted by fw, October 2, 2016 “Hobbes was right. Humans alone among the … Continue reading

October 2, 2016

Cruelty, hatred and irrational destructiveness are hard-wired in every one of us, says philosopher John Gray

Moreover, belief in the power of reason to improve humankind is delusional No 1109 Posted by fw, July 27, 2014 “If human beings were potentially capable of applying reason in … Continue reading

July 27, 2014

Political leaders prefer to ignore or forget unsettling facts, says philosopher John Gray

As stock markets climb to new highs leaders have decided not to think too much about the fragility of our economic system  No 951 Posted by fw, January 12, 2014 … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Capitalism is in the process of destroying the very middle-class way of life on which it depended —John Gray

No 267 Posted by fw, September 4, 2011 “When he argued that capitalism would plunge the middle classes into something like the precarious existence of the hard-pressed workers of his … Continue reading

September 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

European bailout: A classic example of human folly destined to fail says John Gray

No 255 Posted by fw, August 20, 2011 To err is human. To err in the face of losing all we care for is human folly. “We humans will do … Continue reading

August 20, 2011 · Leave a comment