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  • I suspect that the lumping together of huge numbers of people into the nation state has primarily military value. Once the nation state and the acompanying military industrial complex emerged, tribes either voluntarily allied themselves with nation states, or else were killed, occupied, or enslaved by nation states. all states are not imperialist or expansionist, nor do they...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Jan 3, 2009
  • The individual fights for what he needs within the tribe or > civilized society. Mary not the only polar options, nor does "tribe" have to be used as in polar opposition to "civilized society." sorry to pick your post, since others generalized similarly earlier... the smaller and more sustainable social forms of organization in which humans lived for most of their existence (clans...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Jan 3, 2009
  • What do you think it means to be on the left? > Tom it was culture and context-dependent even in the past century & generalizing from one part of the world to another (say America or Western Europe to Eastern Europe, Latin or South America, etc.) can result in many ethnocentric false conclusions. thus, the indigenous Finns and Balts in the early part of the last century were...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Dec 30, 2008
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  • > The thing is, how can you convince the herd that their communal "spiritual" experience > isn't genuine as your individual "spiritual" experience? > > Happy Holidays, > Mary otoh you don't have to convince anyone, since your individual spiritual/"spiritual" experience is yours, just like the spiritual/"spiritual" experience of others is theirs. your considering the communal...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Dec 25, 2008
  • > most > people who argue that races are different also view them as unequal. > Those cases where one race has aggressively attempted to destroy > another race are often case where the aggressor views the individuals > of their opponent race as not fully human – not even human at all. > Jim not really interested in race issues, as i don't see how anyone actually conversant with...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Dec 7, 2008
  • whither it be Christianity or Communism, it is one thing when its an underground cult, but becomes quite another when it becomes the dogma of the state. > Tom there's also a difference in level between folk religion and centralizing state religion when state religion is normalized and enforced with frozen texts and laws with a universalizing power level in contrast to the limiting...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Nov 30, 2008
  • whither it be Christianity or Communism, it is one thing when its an underground cult, but becomes quite another when it becomes the dogma of the state. > Tom there's also a difference in level between folk religion and centralizing state religion when state religion is normalized and enforced with frozen texts and laws with a universalizing power level in contrast to the limiting...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Nov 30, 2008
  • Knott wrote: >> I would suggest that the aim of the >> philosopher is to attempt to get at the truth, in spite of the fact >> that his "subconscious depths" may have an influence on what he >> thinks and writes. > > Not clear on the importance of 'truth', how it is defined, or its > tangibility. What if the truth is that there is no truth, or that > truth is a clever misconception...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Nov 29, 2008
  • > Wil, Louise, Aija, > > It seems that all of you seem to think that ad hominem arguments are > always a bad thing. > > I don't agree with this. They do not have to be "attacks" on the other > person. They are just arguments against the other person's position. > Ad hominem arguments can be put forward in a friendly, constructive > way, with the aim of mutual upbuilding. > > Jim...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Nov 26, 2008
  • > However, I think ad hominem arguments can often be worthwhile. We are > here to challenge each other to self-examination and encourage each > other to think more clearly. Hopefully these strategies will get us all > closer to the truth. > Jim even if you consider a list as a therapy group with the purpose to change member basic orientations, i doubt ad hominem attacks are rarely...
    Aija Veldre Beldavs Nov 26, 2008