Category: Politics/policy and origins issues
|March 16, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, governance, Media Manipulation, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
. . . on just what it is that we are killing in the womb: >>“Why are you giving me robotic responses? I’m asking you a human question, and I hope you’ll favor me with a human answer?” That was Tucker Carlson on his primetime Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interviewing Planned Parenthood Executive […]
|February 16, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
. . . being a peaceful witness (on the 44th annual occasion) against the ongoing global holocaust of the unborn; which has to date credibly mounted up to 800+ millions in 40+ years, and — per Guttmacher-UN numbers — is mounting up at one million more per WEEK: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt And, ever, […]
One of the ugliest agit prop, street theatre tactics now being commonly used is the accusation: fascist, in effect, outlaw beyond the pale of civil protection. It is therefore appropriate to pause and seek clarification on what fascism really is about. But first, let us draw attention to a disturbing historical parallel to what we […]
|February 2, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
. . . being, an example of an actual, genuine grassroots-based movement of conscience and reformation in a civilisation giving itself over to ruinous marches of folly driven by toxic agit prop. (It also follows up from the recent post on the three marches, here; and the updated live streaming of the march, here.) Thanks […]
. . . and similar manipulative spin and mob-ocracy games masquerading as truth, news, knowledge/education, etc now clearly needs to be confronted — if we are to think straight and act soundly in good time to avoid going over the cliff as a civilisation: The Parable of Plato’s Cave (and the linked idea of the […]
|January 27, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Today is the 44th annual March for Life, which is being live-streamed in several locations. Let us host it here, for UD (following up from a discussion of three marches in Washington DC, here) . . . this stream will go “live” later this morning. I note due to heightened security concerns, Airport type screening […]
|January 23, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Lessons of History, Media Manipulation, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
The Inauguration of Mr Trump as US President has led to a telling contrast of three marches: The media have given splash coverage to the second march, and had to at least report on the first. Tellingly, predictably, the third — an annual march in defense of life — will receive little coverage, and that […]
|January 8, 2017||Posted by News under academic freedom, Peer review, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science|
From the editors of Nature: The article by Mark Lilla, a researcher at Columbia University in New York City who specializes in the history of Western intellectual, political and religious thought, called for an end to what he described as an overemphasis by liberals on racial, gender and sexual identity politics. He believes that this […]
|November 26, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Culture, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Freedom, Geo-strategic issues, governance, Intellectual freedom, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Overnight, his brother and successor Raul announced the death of the former longest serving non-royal head of a state. While we must condole with those who mourn, we must also recognise his very mixed legacy, as a Communist dictator leading a state that — per fair comment — has been very un-free and hampered in […]
|October 16, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Evolutionary materialism's amorality, Geo-strategic issues, governance, Lessons of History, Politics/policy and origins issues|
. . . and of course, the long subversive march through the institutions that dominate culture. As in, we need to understand some of why a self-falsifying and inherently amoral ideology of evolutionary materialistic scientism has so much traction in our day, and why so many bizarre agendas are being pushed so hard by the […]
|October 12, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Free Speech, Geo-strategic issues, governance, Lessons of History, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Media, Politics/policy and origins issues|
This issue is directly relevant to the ID controversy, but also to much more of what has gone wrong with our civilisation and the utter, stark peril we now face because we ignored warning signs for decades: This has to be decoded a bit, as it is of course in the usual context of our […]
|October 9, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Evolutionary materialism's amorality, General interest, governance, Lessons of History, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
” . . . you would be in jail.” Clip: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt (To make certainty on non endorsement etc clear, snip. KF) The pivotal issue relevant to UD here, is not whether either major candidate is of any great promise ([again to be utterly clear, snip. KF]), but instead, the revelation of […]
|September 13, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under General interest, Geo-strategic issues, Lessons of History, Politics/policy and origins issues, Video|
Video: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt (Please understand this i/l/o the context of complacency, attack and the lesson of Jan Sobieski. Ask yourself, in your heart is our civilisation worth fighting for given the likely alternatives (or, does it deserve to die . . . or be utterly “transformed”), and why or why not?) Ponder, […]
|September 10, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under General interest, Geo-strategic issues, Politics/policy and origins issues|
I briefly discuss here. Notice the 100-year global subjugation map I first found online on an IslamIST site on the following day: And also, this sketch of history from the 630’s on (i.e. the last IslamIST 100-year expansion): Sky News coverage on that fateful following day: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Note, too, this outline […]
In a current thread that is nominally on the latest allegedly earth-like exoplanet, predictably that is where distractors will come up on things like: >>[RVB8, 21:] “800 million (unusual figure) unborn aborted fetuses. Perhaps this is true, it’s certainly true abortions have occured, and probably happen at a faster rate now becuse of the ‘day […]
|August 7, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Back to Basics of ID, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Global Warming, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
In the Induction thread, we have continued to explore inductive logic, science and ID vs Evolutionary Materialism. Among the key points raised (with the help of Hilary Putnam) is the issue that while Popper sees himself as opposed to induction, it is arguable that instead he has actually (against his intent) brought it back in […]
In the current VJT thread on 31 scientists who did not follow methodological naturalism, it has been noteworthy that objectors have studiously avoided addressing the basic warrant for the design inference. Since this is absolutely pivotal but seems to be widely misunderstood or even dismissed without good reason, it seems useful to summarise this for […]
|June 24, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under General interest, Geo-strategic issues, governance, News, Off Topic, Politics/policy and origins issues|
. . . including, regarding major trends of our civilisation vis a vis the IslamISTS, also as a civilisation, we face “seven mountains of influence” issues. Drudge headline: The initial fall of the Pound off the cliff on the announcement from Sunderland that was the first clear indicator of which way the referendum would go: […]
|June 24, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, governance, News, Of General Interest, Off Topic, Politics/policy and origins issues|
Initial thoughts, here. (It looks like WP servers are giving traffic troubles, so a try to get through.) END
|June 19, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
A video lecture well worth pondering: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt To clarify a point or two, let us observe a handy outline of Plato’s types of Government, where he — and IIRC he was once captured and enslaved, having to be ransomed — feared continual deterioration ending in enslavement under tyrants: and Aristotle’s six […]
To clarify a point or two, let us observe a handy outline of Plato’s types of Government, where he — and IIRC he was once captured and enslaved, having to be ransomed — feared continual deterioration ending in enslavement under tyrants:
and Aristotle’s six types (HT, Elaiza Olegario slideshare):
elaborating (HT, Wikiwand):
>>I perceive, I said, that you are vastly amused at having plunged me into such a hopeless discussion; but now hear the parable, and then you will be still more amused at the meagreness of my imagination: for the manner in which the best men are treated in their own States is so grievous that no single thing on earth is comparable to it; and therefore, if I am to plead their cause, I must have recourse to fiction, and put together a figure made up of many things, like the fabulous unions of goats and stags which are found in pictures.
Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a [captain-owner . . . the people] who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better [–> the common people do not know the skills of sound governemnt]. The sailors [–> ambitious manipulative politicians] are quarrelling with one another about the steering –every one is of opinion that he has a right to steer [steersman, kubernete — root of our term government], though he has never learned the art of navigation and cannot tell who taught him or when he learned, and will further assert that it cannot be taught, and they are ready to cut in pieces any one who says the contrary. They throng about the captain, begging and praying him to commit the helm to them [–> politics of manipulation, note role of political rhetoric as opposed to sound counsel]; and if at any time they do not prevail, but others are preferred to them, they kill the others or throw them overboard [–> nihilism and ruthlessness], and having first chained up the noble captain’s senses with drink or some narcotic drug [–> befuddlement of the public to induce support for what cannot stand on its own merits], they mutiny and take possession of the ship and make free with the stores [–> improvidence, short-sightedness and likely corruption]; thus, eating and drinking, they proceed on their voyage in such a manner as might be expected of them [–> on the likely end of such a voyage cf, Luke’s subtle real world, Mid Oct 59 AD parallel in Acts 27]. Him who is their partisan and cleverly aids them in their plot for getting the ship out of the captain’s hands into their own [–> notice agenda of domination of the public] whether by force or persuasion, they compliment with the name of sailor, pilot, able seaman [–> mutual support and circles of mutual public esteem of the “peers” in the agenda], and abuse the other sort of man, whom they call a good-for-nothing [–> target the man as you cannot address the issue; beware the movement that is all angels and everyone who dares question or stand forth as an alternative can only be a devil]; but that the true pilot must pay attention to the year and seasons and sky and stars and winds, and whatever else belongs to his art, if he intends to be really qualified for the command of a ship, and that he must and will be the steerer [–> the issue of technical ability, disciplined, virtuous character and actual capability in governance shown by track record], whether other people like or not-the possibility of this union of authority with the steerer’s art has never seriously entered into their thoughts [–> not just ignorant, misinformed, manipulated and indoctrinated so that as Marfin has observed: “Evidence never looks compelling if you don`t engage with it”] or been made part of their calling.
Now in vessels which are in a state of mutiny and by sailors who are mutineers, how will the true pilot be regarded? Will he not be called by them a prater, a star-gazer, a good-for-nothing? [Jowett, Plato’s Republic Bk VI.] >>
Let us ponder Cuddeback’s concerns about divisiveness and disintegration of community triggered by want of unifying focus on a sound principal virtue. Multiply by the way modern government sought to stabilise democratic government to gain benefits of unleashing liberty without triggering a slide back into oligarchy or a runaway towards anarchy leading to a snap-back into tyranny.
For instance, observe Locke’s use of Hooker in Ch 2 of his 2nd treatise on Government, and Hooker’s onward use of both the golden rule and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics:
>>. . . if I cannot but wish to receive good, even as much at every man’s hands, as any man can wish unto his own soul, how should I look to have any part of my desire herein satisfied, unless myself be careful to satisfy the like desire which is undoubtedly in other men . . . my desire, therefore, to be loved of my equals in Nature, as much as possible may be, imposeth upon me a natural duty of bearing to themward fully the like affection. From which relation of equality between ourselves and them that are as ourselves, what several rules and canons natural reason hath drawn for direction of life no man is ignorant . . . [[Hooker then continues, citing Aristotle in The Nicomachean Ethics, Bk 8:] as namely, That because we would take no harm, we must therefore do none; That since we would not be in any thing extremely dealt with, we must ourselves avoid all extremity in our dealings; That from all violence and wrong we are utterly to abstain, with such-like . . . ] [[Eccl. Polity,preface, Bk I, “ch.” 8, p.80, cf. here.]>>
Bringing to bear also, Blackstone in his commentaries on the Laws of England (from 1765):
>>Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his creator, for he is entirely a dependent being . . . consequently, as man depends absolutely upon his maker for every thing, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his maker’s will. This will of his maker is called the law of nature. For as God, when he created matter, and endued it with a principle of mobility, established certain rules for the perpetual direction of that motion; so, when he created man, and endued him with freewill to conduct himself in all parts of life, he laid down certain immutable laws of human nature, whereby that freewill is in some degree regulated and restrained, and gave him also the faculty of reason to discover the purport of those laws . . . These are the eternal, immutable laws of good and evil, to which the creator himself in all his dispensations conforms; and which he has enabled human reason to discover, so far as they are necessary for the conduct of human actions. Such among others are these principles: that we should live honestly [NB: cf. Exod. 20:15 – 16], should hurt nobody [NB: cf. Rom 13:8 – 10], and should render to every one his due [NB: cf. Rom 13:6 – 7 & Exod. 20:15]; to which three general precepts Justinian[1: a Juris praecepta sunt hace, honeste vivere. alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. Inst, 1. 1. 3] has reduced the whole doctrine of law [and, Corpus Juris, Justinian’s Christianised precis and pruning of perhaps 1,000 years of Roman jurisprudence, in turn is the foundation of law for much of Europe]. [Parenthetical remarks and emphases added.]>>
and the US DoI, 1776 in paragraphs 1 and 2:
>>When . . . it becomes necessary for one people . . . to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, [cf Rom 1:18 – 21, 2:14 – 15], that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security . . . >>
In that context, further reflect on the following frame of dynamics:
Also, the context that until there was printing, with ever-widening literacy, the rise of newspapers etc, and the working out of the historically rooted classical dilemmas of government, including associated theological-ethical issues [cf here in context], modern liberty and self-government by a free people was not feasible. This puts the 1400’s – 1600’s as a transitional era, and it points to the 1700’s as when increasingly democratic stabilised government under modern circumstances became feasible. Then, this began a period of reforms (of course running in parallel with a far sadder history of radical revolutions).
However, the bottomline remains: democratic polities are inherently unstable and we trifle with the stabilising buttresses at peril.
That is the context for a remark I made to WJM at 67 in the sad news thread:
>>It seems to me that there is a dominant narrative that the civilisation formerly known as Christendom is what is primarily wrong with the world, and that it is that heritage that is the root of bitterness.
So, we see a red- double green de facto alliance (including the rainbow coalition under the reds) that has steadfastly worked to remove what they perceive as the root of bitterness. (This case, BTW, is one where we had green on rainbow attack . . . maybe a gun was jumped, maybe it is judged time to move in for the kill. But the red side is trying to spin it as the old familiar Christendom is the problem to be uprooted, narrative.)
However, those who see the world this way have failed to understand that democracy failed in the classical world, republicanism failed, leaving messianic dictatorial empire — or, have we forgotten why Octavian was hailed as a divine rescuer and called Augustus . . . written into our calendar?
Failed, due to inherent instabilities.
In that context, they did not realise that the Judaeo Christian tradition and linked natural law provided key stabilising buttresses for modern democracy. Now that these are being chopped and burned away in implacable rage, the inherent instability is going to tell again.
I hear you that some are buying guns to try to defend themselves, but that is hardly likely to be for when they go to nightclub or the like.
As for, oh they go to conservatives, the problem is “conservative” and even in many cases “church” does not mean what it once would have.
I fear, factions are arming for civil war and defending themselves in the face of chaos. With the “zombie” meme a thinly veiled reference to rampaging mobs.
Instead, I have suggested modifying the Swiss model and developing a pervasive civilian but disciplined marshal corps that would harden soft targets and release police for taking back the enclaves. (And beyond, the Marines — likely, joint — would take out the sources where amphibious expeditions become necessary. The Barbary coast wars are full of lessons on that.)
I suggest it, not because I think it is likely, but as a witness that there was a reasonable, feasible alternative refused.
I am pessimistic about our civilisation.
We have played the fool and have wandered out far along a dividing watershed, so that we are now being wedged apart faster and faster down mutually opposed slippery slopes.
Absent miraculous rescue (and if you have been led to imagine Mr Trump is a political messiah . . . ), this will not end well.>>
Where, the global geostrategic issue can be pictured, as a sketch:
Do we really understand the matches we are playing with? END