bellemaddox: “One of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have…

bellemaddox:

“One of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites—polar opposites—so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. … What is needed is the realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anaemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

— Martin Luther King Jr., appearing in Maija Lanas and Michalinos Zembylas’ essay, “Towards a Transformational Political Concept of Love in Critical Education,” Studies in Philosophy of Education 34, no. 1 (2015): 31-44.

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