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Re: Cruising the high seas

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  • William
    ... In the US reformation of insurance and banking has been blocked by the right wing house and the people will need to take a realistic look and send those
    Message 1 of 12 , Jun 29 4:16 PM
      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "irvhal" <i99hj@...> wrote:
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      > I've got problems with the canonization of any political school --"progressive", Marxist or otherwise -- as the Truth. Such notion bespeaks an arrogance that broaches a claim of omniscience -- reminding me of Sartre's bottom-up (re)constructioning of the human situation in the "Critique of Dialectical Reason." Political life, like life generally, is experience, not propositions. Or as Heidegger would say, truth is an historical process of unconcealment. Hence the truth revealed by Newton --true in its day and context -- is later supplemented by Heisenberg's quantum mechanics. Such modesty, which acknowledges our epistimic finitude, acknowledges human limitations and fits well with the more realistic proximations of interests embodied in Western parliamentary democracy.
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      > Irvin
      > Irvin, I think working politics demand changes in direction. Europe has been democratic socialist for many years. They are lazy and overspent . USA is coming out of a right wing blitz of war and right wing business malphesance. Both nations need redirection but not the same plans. The greeks suffer forty per cent employment of their young. Since we are talking about sailing the high seas sailing the greek islands , visiting the lesser known temples and encouraging Chinese to spend their fortune on educational trips to see one of the first organisations of city states would give the greeks jobs and cash.
      In the US reformation of insurance and banking has been blocked by the right wing house and the people will need to take a realistic look and send those politicians home and restructure their businesses. Of course we need end the stupid wars and reduce befense spending. The right wing will howl but they are the minority. Thats their job to bring their ideas back when those concepts become relevant. Bill
      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@> wrote:
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      > > Bill,
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      > > Posting on the fly here due to my indulgence in summer reading (Hegel, J.M. Coetzee, Richard Louv), local tourism, and family this summer. Found this in Zizek's "How To Read Lacan", which suggests my current political mode.
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      > > "Even in much of today's progressive politics, the danger is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, the urge to be active and to participate. People intervene all the time, attempting to "do something," academics participate in meaningless debates; the truly difficult thing is to step back and to withdraw from it. Those in power often prefer even a critical participation to silence - just to engage us in a dialogue, to make it sure that our ominous passivity is broken. Against such an interpassive mode in which we are active all the time to make sure that nothing will really change, the first truly critical step is to withdraw into passivity and to refuse to participate. This first step clears the ground for a true activity, for an act that will effectively change the coordinates of the constellation."
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      > > Mary
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