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Comment on The Four Freedoms, in 2017 by Seth Finkelstein

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 20:01:46 +0000

I noticed "freedom from want" seemed to have been unaddressed. Going back to the original FDR speech: "Many subjects connected with our social economy call for immediate improvement. As examples: We should bring more citizens under the coverage of old-age pensions and unemployment insurance. We should widen the opportunities for adequate medical care. We should plan a better system by which persons deserving or needing gainful employment may obtain it. I have called for personal sacrifice, and I am assured of the willingness of almost all Americans to respond to that call. A part of the sacrifice means the payment of more money in taxes. ..." It's sad how those exact words are still extremely relevant today, so many years later.



Comment on Lunch with my friend, the Trump supporter by Robert Nasir

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:20:58 +0000

Outstanding. Next, I would love to know the result of a lunch spent on the question, "why are you a Citizenist, while I am a Globalist?" What are the premises underlying THOSE stances? What is/are the root difference(s) in your worldviews? Address that, and you know either how to bridge the gap, or why it's unbridgeable. (And then determine the best strategies for dealing with one another from there. And dealing with trivial issues, like the fact that there are Trump supporters in the world.)



Comment on Lunch with my friend, the Trump supporter by Em

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:11:14 +0000

Although I'm willing to agree in theory that both the US "right" and "left" can probably benefit from deeper dialogue, I think there's an issue that predominantly impacts that extension of the US right known as the "alt-right". Basically, the issue is this: The alt-right has linked very real stresses (financial and otherwise) impacting working people to a pre-cooked set of notions and what they declare to be solutions to those problems. Those are two very distinct layers and they have successfully merged them in the minds of Trump supporters. This makes real dialogue almost impossible. A good example is climate change: They seem to need to reject the existence of human-induced climate change in order to also deflect (what they perceive to be) its only possible solution: Stronger state control and mandates. Thus, to date we've seen exceedingly few "conservative" approaches or discussions to solving or at least economically mitigating the very serious problems that will arise. The left, meanwhile, hasn't been too great in terms of clearly acknowledging and then proposing solutions impacting the lives traditional working class America. And of course, part of this is because many of us live in the big US urban centers so there's usually new opportunities out there for us. But my personal feeling is that we "lefties" allowed too much deregulation to occur and lost industries that in (eg) Germany and other highly unionized countries still provide significant wages for a real middle class. So we played a role in getting us to where we are. But like during George W Bush's second term in office, we have a significant portion of the US population willing to vote against their own interests and (unknowingly) for increasing the odds of the dissolution of the US as a single entity. And I don't think this can be fixed until the heart of the problem (lack of education, insufficient capital, lack of intercultural awareness, critical thinking tools and background) is solved. The "right" is unable to realistically participate in any true solution to both their plight and the plight of the US in the 21st century.



Comment on Lunch with my friend, the Trump supporter by Kaleberg

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000

re: "I don’t see a strong reason to privilege the economic success of someone who happened to be born here over that of someone who wants to come here." This seems to deny the very idea of human social organization. It denies real human needs for resource management, and it denies every human social structure in which bonds of trust and support are established and developed over time. While it seems benign anarchism, it is also the creed of any conqueror or colonialist. I'm not sure you have thought this through.









Comment on Trump’s victory and the rise of insurrectionism in America by Chris Kurtz

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:30:13 +0000

The one lesson I've taken away from this latest election is the extent to which the media responded to everything Donald Trump said by attaching to it the worst possible spin. It is no wonder that "internationals" in the US are feeling fearful. It isn't what Donald Trump has said so much as how what he has said has been twisted for political ends. Even something as rational as "Better Trade Agreements on behalf of the US" was re-imagined as "Anti Trade" or "Anti Free Trade." Harsh (and I dare say, appropriate) comments about Mexico was translated as "Donald Trump is a racist against everyone not white everywhere!" Some say that all the hysteria over Donald Trump is his own doing, and there is a grain of truth to it, but the media, the left, and even too many on the right, made sinking Donald Trump job one. The hysteria, the exaggeration, the lies that ensued.. the fear mongers out in force... how much of this is based on sound analysis and rational thought? Virtually none. The idea that White Nationalism is now becoming "normalized" is a media and lunatic fabrication. It's got one goal: politics. Convincing the left's so-called constituencies - all those "marginalized" groups - that America, and the right - especially the white right - is out to get them. . . that's the goal, and it is an insidious enterprise. Stop adding to this lie. Chris Kurtz MN






Comment on Fred Turner: The link from anti-fascist art and the “historical problem” of Facebook by Nicole L'Huillier

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:58:33 +0000

This is very very interesting. I've been thinking and having questions around these lines lately, Fred Turner surely looks like a great reference. Thank you so much



Comment on Trump’s victory and the rise of insurrectionism in America by The Importance Of Norms And Rules In The Society Of Captives | Lawyer Guidance Online

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 01:51:14 +0000

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