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Wednesday
Mar092016

Us Versus Them: Left and Right Become Confused in Our Age 

(Replying to this article about the Koch Brothers agreeing with Bernie Sanders regarding the export-import bank. http://politi.co/1XcYFBE)

... I don't know whether it is realignment or confusion. But ideology is not working anymore. Laissez faire capitalists didn't like it when government supported an industry, the way Europe supported Airbus, giving it a competitive advantage. The new liberalism argued that government structuring capitalism was actually good. Why not help your best industries become world leading? Then comes retro 1970s McGovernism which says that this policy helps the bourgeoisie. And so you have extreme left and right becoming the same thing for opposite reasons. I mean -- who is protectionist this year? Why it is Trump and Bernie. Apparently, no one likes markets or capitalism anymore. One doesn't like it because of nativism and the other because capitalism is a dirty word. All there is, is this "us versus them" crap on BOTH sides. Whether its us versus the billionaires, us versus foreigners, etc., etc. I cannot wait for not only the election, but the entire time in which we live, to be over. When will this social fixation end?

Thursday
Mar032016

What Caused the Republican Party to Implode?

It is said by Paul Begala and others that the establishment in the party was out of touch and could not see the estrangement that had occurred between the base and its leadership. Moreover, if you listen to the angry, they blame this chasm on the establishment. Begala, too, suggests the leadership was at fault for not seeing it.

But here is another way to look at it. The reason it all happened was because of the a.m. radio, adversarial media and conspiracy culture that formed over the last 15 or so years. It fed the base an orientation that has now metastasized. People looked the other way when attack radio became paradigmatic. Elites no doubt funded it. They probably thought that having an ornery base was good. So the age of partisan journalism, attack radio, Clive Bundy and conspiracy theory was born. It was this very happenstance in political culture that destroyed the Republican Party. It was not that elites were too aristocratic to pay attention to the needs of "their people." They woke up one day and realized cancer had been diagnosed in the body politic.

(This 536 story on high level of party dissatisfaction with any of the 3 Republican choices made me compose this comment).
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/republican-voters-kind-of-hate-all-their-choices/?ex_cid=538fb

Sunday
Feb142016

The Legacy of Antonin Scalia

 For me, Scalia was a terrible judge. And he was terrible because his decisions relied upon intellectual behaviors that were dominant in history at least one century prior to his time on the bench. He used an a-priori format, syllogistic reasoning, formalism, and took positions about language that had been badly discredited in the time in which he lived. In fact, he is known for inventing the concept of original meaning, which was always an intellectually flawed idea. He reminded me of the character "Dr. Zaius" in the 1968 movie, Planet of the Apes, because of these behaviors. 

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Friday
Jan082016

Free Will: The False Debate

Replying to this: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160104130826.htm

This whole debate is so ridiculous. There is nothing in science that could ever say whether choice is voluntary. It could only provide physical explanations for the way choice is constituted. Even if why we choose were said to be socially embedded, or latent, all that could be done, through therapy, is to give a person a heightened perspicuity for this as a phenomenon. It would be the same as giving a student a sense of ethics. To do anything more in this domain is to spread confusion.

Thursday
Jan072016

The Age of Intoleration is Upon Us

... people misunderstand the times in which we live. They think that their opponents have "flipped a lid." In truth, however, we live now in the age of intolerance. Everyone believes what they do, and do so to the derision of its competition. And I don't mean that they are intellectually derisive; I mean precisely that they are NOT. We no longer know how to understand alternate points of view. For if we submitted to intellectualism FIRST, what would happen is that a large class of opposition could be seen as being reasonable. And this would both silence our own claims to truth as well as mute that class of belief which can only be seen as dogma and orthodoxy. And so, we live now in an age where what is true is what we like, and when others disagree, that is a problem for society, because, well, they are going against the truth.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/alabama-chief-justice-roy-moor-laws-are-superseded-by-god_b_8929848.html