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by d63
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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Intent: Today I want to tell a dark tale about the strange precarious situation we find ourselves in under the emerging fascism we are experiencing in America under Trump and the UK under Boris Johnson by making a comparison between our situation and that of Nazi Germany while noting the primary dif...
by d63
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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“Repeatedly throughout our research for this book we have encountered truly fantastical stories circulated widely in the right-wing media ecosystem, from Hillary Clinton trafficking in Haitian children to satisfy her husband’s unnatural lusts, to Hillary Clinton herself participating in pedophilia o...
by d63
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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“We present our data first as a series of network maps that describe news media sources and their relations to each other by different measures. We provide the more technical explanation of the methods, the data used to make these maps, and high-resolution images of each map in the online appendix.”...
by d63
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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Dear Diary Moment 6/13/2019: I have, lately, been listening to the audio book for Vegas Tenold’s Everything You Love Will Burn. And it is a book I cannot recommend highly enough as it has certainly widened my perspective on what is going on among white extremist groups. It’s basically a true story b...
by d63
Mon May 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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Dear diary moment 5/6/2019: I’ve lately (from the perspective of a Metaphysics of Efficiency: that which is maximized by minimizing the differential between input and output (been thinking a lot about what goes on at the deepest and most micro level of things. It seems to me that, at that level, thi...
by d63
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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In order to fully understand the dynamic at work here, we have to understand Žižek’s point about jouissance in The Plague of Fantasies. As he explains, we tend to experience pleasure through the pleasure of the other. We do it, for instance, through our children, grandchildren, and our pets. We even...
by d63
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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“But to appreciate fully the inventiveness of right-wing populism, we have to turn to the master class of the Old South. The slaveholder created a quintessential form of democratic feudalism, turning the white majority into a lordly class, sharing in the privileges and prerogatives of governing the ...
by d63
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 392
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“But to appreciate fully the inventiveness of right-wing populism, we have to turn to the master class of the Old South. The slaveholder created a quintessential form of democratic feudalism, turning the white majority into a lordly class, sharing in the privileges and prerogatives of governing the ...
by d63
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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“For that is what conservatism is: a meditation on— and theoretical rendition of— the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back.” -Robin, Corey. The Reactionary Mind (p. 4). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition. Think MAGA-Trolls here. This is the very reaso...
by d63
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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Dear Diary Moment 3/14/2019: Lately I’ve been going through the latest issue of Philosophy Now which focuses on mind and self. And the most telling thing about the experience is how I feel like I’m just shutting down throughout it all –how I’m hardly inspired. And do not get me wrong: this is not so...
by d63
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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Last week on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver offered one of his typically spot on (sometimes profound (takes on our contemporary economy. What he crystallized for me is that what we’re dealing with as concerns Trump’s hardcore followers is a fantasy world in which we go back to the old manufacturing ...
by d63
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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"Although the "ruling class" disagrees with the populists' moral agenda, it tolerates the "moral war" as a means of keeping the lower classes in check, that is, it enables the latter to articulate their fury without disturbing the economic status quo. What this means is that the culture war is a cla...
by d63
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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"Economists have a singular method of procedure. There are only two kinds of institutions for them, artificial and natural. The institutions of feudalism are artificial institutions, those of the bourgeoisie are natural institutions. In this, they resemble the theologians, who likewise establish two...
by d63
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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" I can summarize my attempt to split the difference between Lyotard and Habermas by saying that this Deweyan attempt to make concrete concerns with the daily problems of one's community -social engineering- the substitute for traditional religion seems to me to embody Lyotard's postmodernist "incre...
by d63
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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Dear Diary Moment 1/31/2019: One of the things that are getting crystallized in my present immersion in Rorty’s Essays on Heidegger and Others is the import of metaphor as a means of changing belief systems. But in order to understand it, I have to put in the context of the other two means Rorty pre...