And then they wonder why we don’t trust them!
I would venture to say that there is not a single progressive that has actually studied political Philosophy fro Aristotle to the present and understood the arguments being presented between being ruled or being free men/women!Progressives are elitists who mostly live in communities of elitists none of which know how to tie there own shoes! Yet they think they know more about live than the common working man/woman and think they can legislate a utopian society with them as the overseers to make sure the rest of us behave properly!
One thing we can be sure of is that will be dire consequences if we don’t act soon!
Well OK that’s only a reduction of 1.64% per year for the next 55 year! But that’s from now and we are still adding to it so all carbon sources of power that are being added or planed must be cancelled right now!
This is a straw man argument! Since the civil rights acts (passed by Republicans by the way) there were few to no limitations on what a person could do in this country. The only limits were those imposed by the individual by himself or herself. The Blacks think they are the only ones that have ever been discriminated on well I hate to tell you but there are few few who have not been discriminated on. I was discriminated on because I served my country in Vietnam, but the difference between those the whine today and real people is that some of us move on and take care of our wife’s and kids while the whiners sit home and watch the tube and do drugs and drink! Even the black leaders in this country are starting to complain about the backs (inner city thugs) the rest are just trying to get by like the rest of us!
University of Pennsylvania Associate English Professor Salamishah Tillet was on Melissa McTampon Earring’s show on MSNBC, and while they all discussed the Ferguson case, she was asked about black on black violence – “what about black men and boys killing other black men and boys?” specifically. And of course, she deflected. She dodged the question, instead moving the discussion to the the notion of slavery and “state-sanctioned violence” in this country.
She said that “you have individuals, as in the case with Renisha McBride or Trayvon Martin, individual citizens who feel complete power to just kill black people as they see them, even if they’re no real threat. In Renisha McBride’s case, she was asking for help. So, what does it mean to be part of a country from its very beginning…that was predicated on black lives not mattering, or mattering only in the service of property or service…
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No system is perfect but the American system of justice is one of the best in the world. The bottom line is no matter who you are if you aren’t breaking the law or taunting someone than you are not going to be bothered. The are way more police officers killed in the line of duty then innocent citizens.
“Someone mentioned Eric Holder. I’m known for not sugar-coating things. This pissed me off,” Sheriff Clarke said in the beginning of his address the National Press Club this month regarding Ferguson.
“I sat up and watched, as events unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri–unfortunate situation, obviously. Anytime a law enforcement officer uses force that takes a life, it deserves a thorough, transparent vetting–investigation. We all agree with that” he said. “But then some groups began to converge on the small town of Ferguson, Missouri, like vultures on a roadside carcass,” a disgusted Clarke told the audience, specifically calling out communist front groups like the New Black Panthers, and “people like Al Sharpton.”
“To come and exploit that situation, and instead of coming into help and restore calm, poured gas on that fire with some of their inflammatory and irresponsible rhetoric,” Clarke charged, referring to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Senator Claire…
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or Democracy versus Judaism
Prof. Paul Eidelberg
As Leo Strauss, the greatest political philosopher of 20th-century discerned, every political philosopher in the Western world scorned democracy until Machiavelli. The great Florentine is not only the founder of modern political science, but also the father of modernity.
Machiavelli rejected the Great Tradition, the tradition generated by Jerusalem and Athens. This tradition was exalted by Winston Churchill, a scholar-statesman who extolled Jerusalem and Athens as the two paradigmatic cities of Western Civilization, the two cities that regarded the cultivation of wisdom and virtue as the pinnacle of political life.
Wisdom and virtue are not exalted as the supreme ends of democracy, which invariably worships freedom and equality. Wisdom and virtue are not common, and their role in political life is exceptional and unpredictable. But Machiavelli wanted to establish a new political science, a political science basis on solid grounds, therefore on what is commonplace and predictable. He therefore constructed a political science whose foundational and driving principle is egoism, a constant and universal motive of men and nations. This is what makes him the founder of modern political science as well the father of democracy and modernity.
What is more, and as I have shown in A Jewish Philosophy of History, Machiavelli is not only the father of democracy, but also of Capitalism, Socialism, and Fascism, for despite their differences all are motivated primarily by egoism, whether individual or disguised as collective. These diverse ideologies have nothing to say of the moral and intellectual virtues exalted by Athens and Jerusalem. Those virtues are discussed in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. (I leave aside the Ethics of the Fathers encapsulated in the Mishna and in the prayer books of Jews young and old. Discussion of Aristotle is sufficient for the purpose of this article.)
Aristotle, the greatest encyclopedic philosopher is reported to have written treatises on the constitutions of 150 Greek city-states, of which treatises, unfortunately, only fragments of the Athenian are extant. Leo Strauss does not exaggerate in saying that what Machiavelli knew about politics could be put on a postage stamp compared to Aristotle’s colossal knowledge. In addition to his works on politics and ethics, there is also the first book on Rhetoric of which Aristotle is the author.
(The Rhetoric was avidly studied by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, the major authors of The Federalist Papers, arguably the greatest compilation of essays on the basic institutions of government, which means that Aristotle’s Rhetoric facilitated the adoption of the American Constitution!
Aristotle’s voluminous writings dominated the universities and learned opinion in the West for 2,000 years. Machiavelli’s monumental ambition was to relegate Aristotle to the dust heap by creating a new dispensation for mankind based on philosophical materialism spearheaded by a political science rooted in egoism.
The centrality of egoism couched in Machiavelli’s political science has dominated the social sciences, which explain the higher – our moral and religious values – in terms of the lower. For example, psychology explains love in terms of the libido or self-gratification. Similarly, politics is nothing but an egoistic struggle for power.
Remarkably, in Machiavelli’s two seminal books, The Prince and The Discourses, though published in Catholic Italy, there is not a single reference to two of the most significant concepts of his epoch, the “soul” and “conscience”! What is it, then, that distinguishes the human from the sub-human? The answer is this: Machiavelli created a new conception of man. Machiavellian man is a human being devoid of a conscience and a soul. (This, the reader may be shocked to learn, is comparable to the efforts of political Zionists who sought to create a new kind of Jew, a Jew devoid of the Torah,)
To create a new kind of man, Machiavelli had to de-humanize pre-Machiavellian man. He had to reduce what previous philosophers deemed distinctively human to what was not distinctively human. He had to reduce the soul from its tripartite division and hierarchy of reason, spiritedness, and desire to its lowest element, desire. The soul thus becomes nothing more than an ensemble or a democracy of desires, the most powerful of which is the desire for power.
What is distinctively human in the soul of Machiavellian man has been erased, has no expression or has lost its voice. It’s as if we were to say that “A Beethoven string-quartet is nothing more than a scraping of horses’ tails on cats’ bowels” – to paraphrase the witticism of William James.
This dehumanizing of what is human – if any comparison is appropriate – may be likened to the pronouncements of Israeli politicians and judges who discern no contradiction between the leveling egalitarianism of democracy and Judaism – Judaism, the noblest religion of mankind, the religion that liberated humanity from paganism, the religion rightly known as the pristine source of ethical and intellectual monotheism.☼
Well now, while Obama continues to dismantling America it seems that Putin is rebuilding Russia.
Damn more frozen heat!
The Greenland Ice Sheet gained a record amount of ice and snow this autumn – more than 200 billion tons. This lowers sea level, and is the exact opposite of what experts forecast, and say is happening.
This is a big change from 1940, when the glaciers of Greenland were rapidly melting and nearing a catastrophe.
Its always good to look at facts rather than propaganda!
This post presents a very simple way to illustrate the tempering effect of the oceans on global warming. The idea for this simple presentation came from the response of the reality-impaired wing of the catastrophic human-induced climate change movement to the deep-ocean-warming portion of yesterday’s blog post On The Blog Post “Hiatuses in the rise of temperature” at ClimateLabBook. The cross post at WattsUpWithThat is here, and an archived edition of the response from Miriam O’Brien (a.k.a. Sou) at HotWhopper is here.
It is often said that more than 90% of the heat caused by manmade greenhouse gases is absorbed by the oceans. But as skeptics often note, the absorbed heat has little impact on the temperatures of the oceans to depth, and that’s because of the seemingly limitless capacity of the oceans to store heat.
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