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Re: Zizek on divine violence

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  • William
    Message 1 of 11 , Sep 29, 2011
      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Josie" <josephson45r@...> wrote:
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      > Jim,
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      > It's amazing how many think democracy is strictly defined as voting but equally stupefying how this important right is being infringed. In several states new voter ID laws strongly discourage the already marginalized and disadvantaged, those very citizens whose representation is needed to balance power. In our state, voter IDs are mandatory and free, but the agency which issues them instructed employees not to tell applicants voter IDs are free and instead let them purchase the official state ID card. Documents required to obtain IDs strictly target economic status. And if a birth certificate and/or social security card is destroyed, lost, or stolen, you need money and/or ID in order to obtain copies! Also, many student IDs are no longer valid as voter identification.
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      > But grassroots organizing concerns more than voter registration drives, political rallies, attendance at hearings, demonstrations, etc. It involves community building such as health centers for the under/uninsured, literacy programs, job training, maintaining transportation infrastructure, adequate childcare, and so on. When needs are identified, programs require staffing and volunteers, as well as writing grants and soliciting funds. People need to be in the business of advocating and integrating their own concerns with those of their community. Existentialism is inter-subjective, not isolationist; being responsible for ourselves alone is insufficient for sustaining a community. And a community which disintegrates affects everyone.
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      > Mary
      > Mary, I do not think existentialism taxes me with duties and if it did I would reject it and the duties. Sorry, I don`t think it works that way. Bill
      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Jim" <jjimstuart1@> wrote:
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      > > Bill,
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      > > Rather than leaving the grass-roots political agitation to right-wing zealots or other nut-cases, I think progressive thinkers should try to organise and campaign.
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      > > There is no substitute for face-to-face discussion and local meetings. Such community interaction takes place without the media distorting the issues.
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      > > Jim
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