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by d63
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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One of the weird things about philosophy (especially of the Continental kind (is how it tends to have some of its most compelling effects when you get away from it for a while, much as I have had to do because of my present political situation in America. And, reading Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Ch...
by d63
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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Today I want to make a couple of deeper points concerning a brain fart I posted a couple of days ago: “Milton Friedman? Hayek? Ayn Rand? Alan Greenspan? Robert Nozick? Sure they were intelligent people. The only problem is what they dedicated their intellect to: sucking the dick of the rich in the h...
by d63
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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As I am finding through my immersion in Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, one of the things that the Koch brothers recognized (much as Naomi Klein did in The Shock Doctrine (was that there was or is no way that their Neo-Liberal agenda could be forwarded by democratic means. There was/is simply n...
by d63
Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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Dear Diary Moment 9/30/2019: Reading Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, I now see a different expression of the dialectic described in Arthur Lupia’s Uniformed: Why People Know so Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It. It basically runs from information to knowledge to competence. The term ‘informati...
by d63
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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Today on MSNBC, a guest on AM Joy who happened to be a Trump/Republican apologist brought up a point that was actually kind of useful as concerns the hard right Republican MO. He argued that if the Democrats pursue the impeachment of Trump, it could work against them in the next election since it wi...
by d63
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
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Dear Diary Moment 9/23/2019: It started with this brain fart or what I refer to as a poetic flight: “The so-called meritocracy is complete fucking nonsense!!!!!! I mean how much harder is a Buffet or Gates working than, say, some mother or father working three jobs to take care of a sick child?” And...
by d63
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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The main problem with talking about the semiotics of fascism (as I have (is that it only becomes so within the context of a fascist experiment. In other words, fascism (much like Capitalism (tends to wind its spindly little fingers into everything that might serve its purposes, things that under dif...
by d63
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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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
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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
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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
Topic: Postcards:
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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
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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
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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
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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: 400
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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 ...