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Iowa State proudly displays its land grant heritage.

Forgetting Our Land Grant Colleges History: Government Does Make Education Work For All Its People

We have forgotten that our Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln knew that federal and state supported public education was the lifeblood of the nation. We look back on the founding of the time-honored tradition of the land grant colleges. We ask those who think the world began with them, who do you think educated those who educated those who educated you? Continue reading

The "Wisconsin Idea" which has been the focus of this great PUBLIC university has been destroyed by Gov. Scott Walker.

‘The Boundaries Of The University Shall Be The Boundaries Of The State’: A Lesson Wisconsin and Scott Walker Forgot

Most people knew that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would attack public education after his re-election in 2014, but his $300M cuts to one of the premier research institution is stunning by any measure. The privatization of public education is happening at record speed. How and why did we lose sight of the fact that PUBLIC education benefits all of us. Our heart bleeds for the University of Wisconsin and others facing the same fate. Continue reading

The great state of Minnesota and its governor, Mark Dayton, showing a model of leadership

Best Governor In The Nation?

Minnesota DFL Governor Mark Dayton has been providing great leadership for his state and his latest comments: “The land may be yours. But the water belongs to all of us, and to all who will follow all of us.’’ caused us to ask if he may be the country’s best current governor. Read more and see if you don’t agree. Continue reading

Voter Suppression: Keeping people away from the polls only strengthens the corporate control already in place for our elections.

Tearing Apart The Fabric of Democracy — Again

I can’t believe we’re still advocating to stop voter suppression laws in 2014. But here we go again. The attempt to keep eligible voters from casting ballots tears at the very foundation of our democracy. We should be outraged at the breadth and depth of voter suppression that still rages within our so-called democracy here in the United States. Continue reading

Rev. Al Sharpton at St. Olaf College: “My generation didn’t finish the task. I believe your generation can bring us there. I believe that if you don’t duck the issues and you’re not afraid to confront what is uncomfortable in the short run, it will bring about equality in the long run."

Rev. Al Sharpton: ‘I Believe We Can Keep Moving Forward’

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to students at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota urging them to continue the struggle to bring racial equality to the United States. “My generation didn’t finish the task. I believe your generation can bring us there.” Continue reading

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders: Sounding The Wake Up Call To Save Our Democracy

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has issued a wake up call and a challenge to all of us to save our democracy from the overreach of the billionaires who have been given free reign to buy the U.S. Government based on the disastrous Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. Sen. Sanders gives us a history lesson on how we got to this point and what we can to to turn the tide. His wisdom voice rings loud and clear as our May Progressive Profile. Continue reading

The two main elements of my progressive identity are the bedrock “love your enemy, we are all one” moral message of basic Christianity, and my love of writing, which became my primary vehicle for taking a moral stand.

Robert Koehler: His Writings Touch Our Soul and Conscience

Robert Koehler’s writings remind us all of the two words often missing from today’s conversations: conscience and soul. Two major defining characteristics of the human condition. We are honored to feature him as this month’s Progressive Profile. Continue reading

Judith Browne Dianis:  Voter ID laws undermine the very pillar of our democracy – the right of every citizen to have access to the ballot box

The Advancement Project: On The Front Lines of the Voter ID Battle

Voter photo ID laws laws are part of comprehensive campaign to deny the vote to millions for partisan gain – essentially sacrificing the health of our democracy to win elections. So says Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of The Advancement Project. Read our interview with her in Wisdom Voices Spotlight to learn more about this issue and how to fight back against this assault on our democracy. Continue reading

Welcome to Wisdom Voices

Wisdom Voices keeps alive the words and ideas of the “forward thinkers” who have preceded us.  We hope they will inspire and encourage you and generations to come.  Our site features books, blogs, and commentary from those whose courage continues to motivate us today to think outside of ourselves and take us on a path toward deeper meanings.

We feature the wisdom of those who have led nations and causes, and those who call out our better spirits, to work toward both inner peace, and a more just society.

The wisdom of those presented on our pages and in our books is meant to help us take a step toward exploring, articulating, and celebrating:

  • Education
  • Peace and non-violence
  • The dignity of all life
  • The interconnectedness of all living creatures

Too often we think that one person is insignificant – what can one person do?  Through the Wisdom Voices featured here, we have highlighted the importance of every one of us.  It is up to us to choose between the power of inertia and the ability to create positive change in a world crying out for inner and outer peace.  Imagine if the voices featured here had felt they could not make a difference.  As a reminder, here are a few of their thoughts:

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

–Robert F. Kennedy

“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.”

–Mother Theresa

“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”

–Albert Schweitzer

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

–Mahatma Ghandi