I had to listen to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech when I was in government schools – repeatedly, every year, it seemed. Unfortunately, I was already reading real philosophy, so I immediately pegged it for the dangerous sophistry that it was, and remains.
I know, I know, it is considered one of the crowning achievements of American oratory – but now, so many decades later, aiming at a dream seems to have landed us all in a nightmare, and perhaps we should take a little bit of time to figure out what the hell went so wrong. Here’s the first clue: Dr. King’s speech is called “I have a dream,” not “I have a plan.”
The Truth About Martin Luther King, Jr.
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