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by RWStanding
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Political Rhetoric
Replies: 0
Views: 282

Political Rhetoric

Political Rhetoric Nothing is more tedious than political rhetoric. Its focus today is largely on the subject of trade, with free-trade vaunted. But it is patently obvious that nothing is free if it is regulated, unless the regulation simply says ‘hands off’. The tripartite significance is plain eno...
by RWStanding
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Patriotism Trumped
Replies: 0
Views: 436

Patriotism Trumped

Patriotism Trumped President Trump has vaunted the idea of Patriotism and Nationalism. The great problem with the term, Patriotism, is that it is favoured everywhere in all forms of state-society. Therefore, it is almost certain to be flawed in its usage, or inadequate ethically. From the vantage po...
by RWStanding
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: President Trump Speech to the UN 25/9/18
Replies: 32
Views: 1111

President Trump Speech to the UN 25/9/18

President Trump Speech to the UN 25/9/18 His rampaging oration which no doubt left many delegates bemused no doubt proves one thing. How difficult and even impossible it is to talk rationally in a world that is wedded to the idea of politics-ethics as a simple dimension between the Left and Right. H...
by RWStanding
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Sensation and Sentiment and Self Knowledge
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Sensation and Sentiment and Self Knowledge

Sensation and Sentiment and Self Knowledge It is probable that these must all evolve in tune with each other. Animals are distinguished from plants in having distinct bodies that can move within the external environment. Whereas a plant may be integrated with its environment quite widely and intense...
by RWStanding
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Darwin – Evolution – Ethical Choice
Replies: 6
Views: 347

Darwin – Evolution – Ethical Choice

Darwin – Evolution – Ethical Choice There is no essential difference between the choice Nature has in evolution, and choice in ethics by humanity. In both cases the most pragmatic choice of three, is Altruism at whatever level is practicable. If there is an excess of power exerted. as for instance b...
by RWStanding
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Equality and Uniformity
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Equality and Uniformity

Equality and Uniformity Equality and Uniformity is an ethical dimension opposing Class or Caste. If everything is totally uniform, then nothing has individuality and there is in reality just the one. Equality necessitates individuality, with differences that cannot be overtly ethical and must be cul...
by RWStanding
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Altruistic Society
Replies: 0
Views: 548

Altruistic Society

Altruistic Society It would appear to be elementary for an altruist form of society that the weak should be protected against the strong and feckless. Physically, economically, and by ‘class’. But an individualist perspective hides other conclusions. The same consideration must apply to society or c...
by RWStanding
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Loyalty
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Loyalty

Loyalty Our world is imperfect and even chaotic, politically-socially-ethically. There is certain to be conflicts of loyalty at all levels, and not only of people to their country. That conflict is derived from there being unavoidable levels and priorities for personal and group loyalty. The easiest...
by RWStanding
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Johnathan Sacks and Morailty in 21st Century on R4
Replies: 0
Views: 327

Johnathan Sacks and Morailty in 21st Century on R4

Johnathan Sacks and Morailty in 21st Century on R4 In essence JS would appear to agree with my diagrammatic representation of human moral-political choice. It is a three way split, apart from absolute chaos. He talks about Moral Responsibility whereas my version would be social responsibility, or al...
by RWStanding
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: iHRA
Replies: 1
Views: 114

iHRA

IHRA Why do people become so extremist when complaining about racism and anti-semitism in particular. The IHRA definitions of anti-Semitism are, as they state, practical examples and as such they should be considered approximations of a pragmatic kind. It needs to be admitted that the various exampl...
by RWStanding
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Predictability and Free-will
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Predictability and Free-will

Pedictability and Free-will Everything we do is the result of the sum of influences on us from within and without. If we knew the whole of history, we could predict everything that is to happen. Except, it is possible that some events can be the result of a throw of the dice, as when we are at a for...
by RWStanding
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Population and Technology
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Population and Technology

Population Population is not in itself an ethical value. But the way it is treated is. There can be a lot of hot air expended in simply debating and haranguing about what is ‘right’ on some undefined ethereal basis, or no basis at all that is mentioned. Although.in fact, people will have their unspo...
by RWStanding
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Pragmatism
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Pragmatism

Pragmatism The practical consequences. Which might be seen as merely making a wheel that goes round. Or merely assuming that an object is good because it works and represents technological progress. But as an ethical value it relates to other values, and society, either by absence or its presence. A...
by RWStanding
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Rules
Replies: 5
Views: 157

Rules

Rules
In the current rancorous row over the anti-value of racism.
It is forgotten that Ethics is about Values.
Practical rules cannot define a value. they merely provide fashionable approximations.
For Christians it may be appropriate to mention that he talked more about values than rules.
by RWStanding
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The British don't understand freedom
Replies: 12
Views: 346

The British don't understand freedom

The British don’t understand freedom, he said as he shot his neighbour.
A society of individual freedom has limited individual tolerance.
A society of shared tolerance has limited freedom.
A society with no liberty has no individualism.