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Post #9251 by chicpea » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:46 pm

“I Revoke My Security Clearance Too, Mr President”

Short but powerful read: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions ... story.html
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Post #9252 by PredsFan77 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:04 pm

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Post #9253 by AD » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:12 pm

Dog wrote:
Craig wrote:Banana is in the top 1% of a country that is in the top 1% of all the countries in the world at a time when the world is doing in the top 1% of it's entire history, and he's all doom and gloom.


Technically, Canada is like 15th or something in GDP per capita. Nominal. On a PPP basis we’re like 35. On 200odd states, that’s like 7-15th percentile-ish. Not bad, but not 1%. I know I should do it on population numbers rather than number of states (many in the top are tiny), but whatever -would still be out of top 1%. Banana’s income, however, surely places him in the global 1%. Not sure about Canada. You make more than $250kish, banes? This is very likely a top 1% time to be alive as a human. So far at least, which isn’t a fair comparaison. At the end of human existence, it may turn out to not even be a top 10% time to have existed as a human!


Depends on the year. But I don't think I'm anywhere near top 1%.
Maybe 5%?

Whats top 1% in Canada?
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Post #9254 by AD » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:13 pm

Top 5% in a country in the top 7% in a time that will end up in the top 25% all time.

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Post #9255 by senate » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:27 pm

Dog wrote:What’s fifth percentile?


I think he meant to describe himself as fifth column.
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Post #9256 by AD » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:37 pm

Dog wrote:Wtf are you doing with a 5th percentile income, banana? That’s shameful shit. I don’t believe it.

:crossarms:


I'm guessing 1% is like 1million income per year in Canada.
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Post #9257 by senate » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:40 pm

AD wrote:
Dog wrote:Wtf are you doing with a 5th percentile income, banana? That’s shameful shit. I don’t believe it.

:crossarms:


I'm guessing 1% is like 1million income per year in Canada.


Top 1% is $234,700 as of 2015.
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Post #9258 by Craig » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:40 pm

1% is about 225k. 5 is 122. Those are 2015 numbers.
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Post #9259 by Craig » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:44 pm

Senate must have numbers that added some for inflation or something. Here's my source:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/ca ... e36383159/
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Post #9260 by Slick Nick » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:16 am

senate wrote:
AD wrote:
Dog wrote:Wtf are you doing with a 5th percentile income, banana? That’s shameful shit. I don’t believe it.

:crossarms:


I'm guessing 1% is like 1million income per year in Canada.


Top 1% is $234,700 as of 2015.


Does this include offshore bank accounts?

:googles list of tax heavens:

35. British Virgin Islands
36. United States Virgin Islands
37. Jordan
38. Lebanon
39. Liberia
40. Liechtenstein
41. Luxembourg, for purposes of income received by Companies referred to in paragraph 1 of the Protocol appended to the Agreement, to avoid double taxation, dated 3 June 1986
42. Macao
43. Monaco
44. Oman
45. Panama
46. San Marino
47. Seychelles
48. Singapore


Do you have bank accounts in Lebanon, Banes?
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Post #9261 by Shawnathan Horcoff » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:25 am

As our good friend Slickless Nicklas has recently mentioned, Kierkegaard provided the final word on human existence:

The present age is essentially a sensible, reflecting age, devoid of passion, flaring up in superficial, short-lived enthusiasm and prudentially relaxing in indolence. ...whereas a passionate age accelerates, raises up, and overthrows, elevates and debases, a reflective apathetic age does the opposite, it stifles and impedes, it levels.... In antiquity the individual in the crowd had no significance whatsoever; the man of excellence stood for them all. The trend today is in the direction of mathematical equality, so that in all classes about so and so many uniformly make one individual.... For leveling to take place, a phantom must first be raised, the spirit of leveling, a monstrous abstraction, an all-encompassing something that is nothing, a mirage—and this phantom is the public.... The present age is essentially a sensible age, devoid of passion and therefore it has nullified the principle of contradiction


Also, let's keep this thread about Galchenyuk's on-ice performance, development and value and NOT bring in his personal life or race.
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Post #9262 by senate » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:41 am




As expensive as the parade would have been, it would only enough to buy one F-35.

Also, he is going to be angry when he flies all the way out to Paris on November 11th and learns there is no parade and that French "celebrate" by standing quietly watching wreaths laid.
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Post #9263 by shredz » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:11 am

he sounds like a kid.

and then we can go to paris and then we can have fighter jets and then big boomies in the sky! yayyy
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Post #9265 by AD » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:05 am

Dog wrote:
AD wrote:
Dog wrote:Wtf are you doing with a 5th percentile income, banana? That’s shameful shit. I don’t believe it.

:crossarms:


I'm guessing 1% is like 1million income per year in Canada.


Cool it there, MbS, we are a socialist country without slavery, you know.


Yeah I checked... wow we're so poor.

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Post #9266 by MP » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:29 am

Dog wrote:Wtf are you doing with a 5th percentile income, banana? That’s shameful shit. I don’t believe it.

:crossarms:

I guessing that's only his declared income....
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Post #9267 by AD » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:31 am

I, personally, make very little income. I'm not even a homeowner. I drive a car that is 5+ years old. I don't wear fancy clothes.

I'm a man of humble means and simple pleasures.
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Post #9268 by Slick Nick » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:36 am

Dog wrote:I’m not a fan of Biergaarten. Not an expert, but from the bit I know I can’t reconcile his existential and subjective philosophy with his embrace of a “leap of faith” into religious teachings to transcend human experience. It’s like, wtf, dude, be consistent. All you’re doing is quenching your existential angst with false certainties and narratives -exactly what you preach against.


Kirk's religious sphere of existence is about unconditional commitment rather than solely religious faith. It's about overcoming the nihilism found in both the aesthetic sphere and the ethical sphere.. it's really only about full and total commitment to a cause.

Dog wrote:I share alot with the subjective movements, movements that stem from recognizing the lack (at least as far as we can see) of an objective purpose, leading to mainly a secular humanist position on my part. However, I strongly reject the anti-rational positions in many of these philosophies. Reason isn’t an end in of itself. It is merely a tool. A tool for discovering things about the world. And I think we should adapt our worldviews to our best available understanding of the world. I change worldviews based on best available knowledge (to the extent I know it and understand it). Going to our discussion on civilization earlier, I tend to favour ever increasing cooperation amd closer ties and exchanges precisely because I have an underlying belief -which should be subject to rational debate as to interpretation of available evidence and open to being amended on the basis of future discoveries- that increasing civilization and cooperation is best. If I believed the evidence pointed towards humans being better off as more solitary animals, then I’d be for that. There’s nothing inherently good or bad about either. It’s a question of finding what works best. And that notion of “best”, which is informed by underlying values and objectives can and should be debated. That’s kinda my view of secural humanism. Try to understand the world best you can (and empirical methods is the best we have). Define your objective or desired direction (fundamentally subjective, but ya know were not as free as we like to think and science can help us better understand alot about our nature). Use reason to combine the two -to reconcile your subjective aims and worldview with best available objective knowledge of the world and to project actions into the future to see where they lead and adapt according to your best forecasts (again informed by knowledge of the world) to move towards what you consider the better outcomes. I’m not a robot. I’m not pretending humans are fully, or even mostly, rational. Nor that reason is an goal in of itself. It’s a tool. A very powerful tool to make sense of the world and to permit us to craft our way through it.


Sliqué wrote:Plus encore, le fait que la sphère publique se retrouve à l’extérieur du pouvoir politique signifie, pour Kierkegaard, que l’on peut former toutes sortes d’opinions sur un enjeu donné, sans jamais être porté à agir pour le régler et que cette situation « opens up the possibility of endless reflection ». (Dreyfus 1997, 76) Pour le philosophe danois, puisqu’aucune action n’est réellement engagée, nous sommes constamment portés à trouver une nouvelle perspective pour aborder le problème ; ceci produit une accumulation toujours plus grande d’information qui en retour nous force à constamment remettre à plus tard la prise d’une action ou d’une décision.
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Post #9269 by Slick Nick » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:09 pm

Dog wrote:But that’s not true. You don’t need to artificially “wholeheatedly” (ie. closed mindedly) adopt some random unsuported worldview to avoid complete and paralysing subjectivism. You can very much have a flexible worldview that, to the greatest extent possible, is informed by objective knowledge of the world and your reasoned objectives/purposes.


That was my exact criticism of his philosophy.. but he has a range of valid points too. Not going into long ass posts.
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Post #9270 by AD » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:16 pm

Dog wrote:
AD wrote:I, personally, make very little income. I'm not even a homeowner. I drive a car that is 5+ years old. I don't wear fancy clothes.

I'm a man of humble means and simple pleasures.


Are you a (mostly pro) corruption lawyer that has his business set up in such a manner as to pay as little tax as possible to society, banana?


Paying as little taxes as possible, within the confines and following the rules of our regulatory mechanisms on taxation, is a habitual legitimate business practice. Any other behaviour would be absurd.
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Post #9271 by Slick Nick » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:18 pm

Another thread derailed!
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Post #9272 by Slick Nick » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:24 pm

Dog wrote:
Slick Nick wrote:
Dog wrote:But that’s not true. You don’t need to artificially “wholeheatedly” (ie. closed mindedly) adopt some random unsuported worldview to avoid complete and paralysing subjectivism. You can very much have a flexible worldview that, to the greatest extent possible, is informed by objective knowledge of the world and your reasoned objectives/purposes.


That was my exact criticism of his philosophy.. but he has a range of valid points too. Not going into long ass posts.


Agreed, that’s what I said. I subscribe to alot of the subjective-existentialist-postmodernist-humanist schools, but think Kirk in particular stood out as a wtf with his leap of faith nonesense. Like I mentionned, though, I don’t subscribe to the anti-rational stream which seems to be persistent in these movements. In fact, I think reason is the tool you use to chart your path in a “open” (non objectively imposed) world. Why? Simply because I think it leads to better results than going into full blown nihilism and doing nothing or not dealing well with open-endedness and closing your mind off and jumping wholeheartedly into a random worldview.


Enfin, ce qui ressort le plus clairement dans le chapitre de Dreyfus est toute l’importance qu’accorde Kierkegaard à l’engagement. Or, on est également en droit de se questionner sur la nécessité d’un engagement inconditionnel à une cause et les répercussions qui en découlent. Il me semble qu’il est tout à fait possible d’avoir une identité solide dans la sphère éthique sans se commettre corps et âme face à une cause. La possibilité de révoquer un engagement peut être vue comme menant à l’impasse, mais on peut également l’interpréter comme une manière d’ajuster sa vie en fonction des éléments nouveaux qui se présentent à nous. Se donner le droit de rectifier, c’est admettre que nous ne sommes pas infaillibles et que certains chemins que nous avons pris par le passé nous mènent également dans une impasse, aussi commis que l’on soit envers eux. Un engagement absolu suppose également une fermeture totale d’esprit. Ce type de dogmatisme mène irrémédiablement au conflit, ou pire, au fanatisme. Je pense au contraire qu’il est préférable d’utiliser notre capacité à raisonner et à dialoguer afin de minimiser les sources de conflit et de maximiser notre bien-être personnel et collectif. Finalement, il me semble préférable d’emprunter à chacune des trois sphères de l’existence des éléments qui nous paraissent importants plutôt que de s’engager vers un seul et unique chemin. Je ne vois aucune contradiction dans le fait de s’évader parfois dans le monde esthétique, de s’engager authentiquement mais de manière conditionnelle envers certaines idées dans le monde éthique et de manière inconditionnelle envers d’autres idées dans la sphère religieuse. L’équilibre entre ces trois domaines et notre capacité à nous adapter m’apparait comme une alternative plus saine à l’unilatéralisme défendu par Dreyfus.
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Post #9273 by senate » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:27 pm

If anyone wants a quick end to a war, its mercenaries.

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Post #9274 by Slick Nick » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:40 pm

Dog wrote:
You wrote that, nick? I largely agree/wrote the same here. I put more preponderance on reason, but hey also recognize that may just be the way I’m built.

Am I not going to not have to fight and kill you?

:stare:



The essay was about the reinterpretation of Kierkegaard by Dreyfus: Kierkegaard on the Internet: Anonymity vs. Commitment in the Present Age .. it was really about the anonymity, it's effects on the Self and commitment... there was little space for reason, so I basically really concentrated on the commitment part. But it's a fascinating thing how Kirk's ideas (mostly on the public sphere and disengagement) are probably more actual today than they were in his own time. With Twitter mobs and anonymous boards and presidents embarrassing tweets. Good read, keep in mind it was written in 1999.
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And the unsequestered jury is going to go home today and see the President of the United States commenting on the case.
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Post #9276 by Dr_Chimera » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:59 pm

What do "twitter mobs" have to do with Kierkegaard? I am not following.
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Dr_Chimera wrote:What do "twitter mobs" have to do with Kierkegaard? I am not following.


In a section of A Literary Review entitled “The Present Age”, 1
written in 1846, Kierkegaard warns that his age is character¬
ized by a disinterested reflection and curiosity that level all
differences of status and value. In his terms, this detached
reflection levels all qualitative distinctions. Everything is equal
in that nothing matters enough that one would be willing to
die for it. Nietzsche gave this modern condition a name; he
called it nihilism. Kierkegaard blames this levelling on what he calls the
Public. He says that “For levelling properly to come about
a phantom must first be provided, its spirit, a monstrous
abstraction, an all-encompassing something that is a nothing,
a mirage — this phantom is the public.” 2 But the real villain
behind the Public, Kierkegaard claims, is the Press. He warned
that “Europe will come to a standstill at the Press and remain
at a standstill as a reminder that the human race has invented
something which will eventually overpower it”, 3 and he adds:
“Even if my life had no other significance, I am satisfied
with having discovered the absolutely demoralizing existence
of the daily press.” 4

But why blame levelling on the public rather than on dem¬
ocracy, technology, or loss of respect for tradition, to name a
few candidates? And why this monomaniacal demonizing of
the press? Kierkegaard says in his journals that “Actually it is
the Press, more specifically the daily newspaper . . . which
make[s] Christianity impossible.” 5 This is an amazing claim.
Clearly, Kierkegaard saw the press as a unique cultural/
religious threat, but it will take a little while to explain why.

It is no accident that, writing in 1846, Kierkegaard chose to
attack the public and the press. To understand why he did so,
we have to begin a century earlier. In The Structural Transformation
of the Public Sphere 6 Jurgen Habermas locates the beginning of
what he calls the public sphere in the middle of the eighteenth
century. He explains that at that time the press and coffee¬
houses became the locus of a new form of political discus¬
sion. This new sphere of discourse was radically different
from the ancient polis or republic; the modern public sphere
understood itself as being outside political power. This extra¬
political status was not just defined negatively, as a lack of
political power, but seen positively. Just because public opin¬
ion is not an exercise of political power, it is protected from any partisan spirit.
Enlightenment intellectuals saw the public
sphere as a space in which the rational, disinterested reflec¬
tion that should guide government and human life could
be institutionalized and refined. Such disengaged discussion
came to be seen as an essential feature of a free society. As the
press extended public debate to a wider and wider readership
of ordinary citizens, Burke exalted that, “in a free country,
every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters”. 7

Over the next century, thanks to the expansion of the daily
press, the public sphere became increasingly democratized
until this democratization had a surprising result which,
according to Habermas, “altered [the] social preconditions
of ‘public opinion’ around the middle of the [nineteenth]
century.” 8 “[As] the Public was expanded ... by the prolifer¬
ation of the Press . . . the reign of public opinion appeared as
the reign of the many and mediocre.” 9 Many people, includ¬
ing J. S. Mill and Alexis de Tocqueville, feared “the tyranny of
public opinion” 10 and Mill felt called upon to protect “non¬
conformists from the grip of the Public itself’. 11 According
to Habermas, Tocqueville insisted that “education and power¬
ful citizens were supposed to form an elite public whose critical
debate determined public opinion”. 12

“The Present Age” shows just how original Kierkegaard
was. While Tocqueville and Mill claimed that the masses
needed elite philosophical leadership, and while Habermas
agrees with them that what happened around 1850 with the
democratization of the public sphere by the daily press is an
unfortunate decline into conformism from which the public
sphere must be rescued, Kierkegaard sees the public sphere
itself as a new and dangerous cultural phenomenon in which
the nihilism produced by the press brings out something
that was deeply wrong with the Enlightenment idea of
detached reflection from the start. Thus, while Habermas is
concerned to recapture the moral and political virtues of the
public sphere, Kierkegaard warns that there is no way to sal¬
vage the public sphere since, unlike concrete and committed
groups, it was from the start the source of levelling.

This levelling was produced in several ways. First, the new
massive distribution of desituated information was making
every sort of information immediately available to anyone,
thereby producing a desituated, detached spectator. Thus, the
new power of the press to disseminate information to every¬
one in a nation led its readers to transcend their local, per¬
sonal involvement and overcome their reticence about what
didn’t directly concern them. As Burke had noted with joy,
the press encouraged everyone to develop an opinion about
everything. This is seen by Habermas as a triumph of dem¬
ocratization, but Kierkegaard saw that the public sphere was
destined to become a detached world in which everyone
had an opinion about and commented on all public matters
without needing any first-hand experience and without having
or wanting any responsibility.

The press and its decadent descendant, the talk show, are
bad enough, but this demoralizing effect was not Kierkegaard’s
main concern. For Kierkegaard, the deeper danger is just
what Habermas applauds about the public sphere, namely,
as Kierkegaard puts it, “the public . . . eats up all individu¬
ality’s relativity and concreteness”. 13 The public sphere thus
promotes ubiquitous commentators who deliberately detach
themselves from the local practices out of which specific
issues grow and in terms of which these issues must be
resolved through some sort of committed action. As Kierke¬
gaard puts it:

The public is not a people, a generation, one's era, not a
community, an association, nor these particular persons, for
all these are only what they are by virtue of what is concrete.

Not a single one of those who belong to the public has an
essential engagement in anything , 14

What seems a virtue to detached Enlightenment reason,
therefore looks like a disastrous drawback to Kierkegaard.
Even the most conscientious commentators don’t have to
have first-hand experience nor take a concrete stand. Rather,
as Kierkegaard complains, they justify their views by citing
principles. Since the conclusions such abstract reasoning
reaches are not grounded in the local practices, its proposals
would presumably not enlist the commitment of the people
involved, and consequently would not work even if enacted
as laws.

More basically still, that the public sphere lies outside of
political power meant, for Kierkegaard, that one could hold
an opinion on anything without having to act on it. He notes
with disapproval that “[the public’s] artifice, its good sense,
its virtuosity consists in letting matters reach a verdict and a
decision without ever acting”. 15 This opens up the possibility
of endless reflection. For, if there is no need for decision and
action, one can look at all things from all sides and always
find some new perspective. The accumulation of information
thus postpones decision indefinitely since, as one finds out
more, it is always possible that one’s picture of the world,
and, therefore, of what one should do, will have to be revised.
Kierkegaard saw that, when everything is up for endless critical
commentary, action can always be postponed. “ [Reflection
is able at any moment to put things in a new light and allow
one some measure of escape.” 16 One need never act.


All that a reflective age like ours produces is more and more
knowledge. As Kierkegaard puts it, “One can say in general of
a passionless but reflective age, compared to a passionate one,
that it gains in extensity what it loses in intensity.” 17 He adds: “we all
know what path to take and what paths can be taken, but
no one will take them.” 18 No one stands behind the views the
public holds, so no one is willing to act on them. Kierkegaard
wrote in his journal: “here . . . are the two most dreadful
calamities which really are the principle powers of imperson¬
ality — the Press and anonymity.” 19 Therefore, the motto
Kierkegaard suggested for the press was: “Here men are
demoralized in the shortest possible time on the largest
possible scale, at the cheapest possible price.” 20

In “The Present Age” Kierkegaard succinctly sums up his
view of the relation of the press, the public sphere, and the
levelling going on in his time. The desituated and anonymous
press and the lack of passion or commitment in his reflective
age combine to produce the public, the agent of the nihilistic
levelling:

The abstraction of the press (for a newspaper, a journal, is no
political concretion and only an individual in an abstract
sense], combined with the passionlessness and
reflectiveness of the age, gives birth to that abstraction's
phantom, the public, which is the real Leveller. 21

Kierkegaard would surely have seen in the Internet, with
its Websites full of anonymous information from all over the
world and its interest groups that anyone in the world can
join without qualifications and where one can discuss any
topic endlessly without consequences, the hi-tech synthesis
of the worst features of the newspaper and the coffeehouse. 22
Indeed, thanks to the Internet, Burke’s dream has been
realized. In news groups, anyone, anywhere, any time, can
have an opinion on anything. All are only too eager to respond
to the equally deracinated opinions of other anonymous ama¬
teurs who post their views from nowhere. Such commenta¬
tors do not take a stand on the issues they speak about.
Indeed, the very ubiquity of the Net tends to make any such
local stand seem irrelevant.

The most perfect realization of Burke’s vision of the public
sphere is the blog. In a blog anyone can express his or her
opinion about anything without needing any experience and
without accepting any responsibility. But since putting one’s
ideas into practice and so taking risks and learning from one’s
failures and successes are required for acquiring expertise,
most bloggers have no wisdom to contribute.

The Enlightenment hope is that the few bloggers who are
engaged in the concrete activities they write about will be
recognized and be widely read, but the flood of blogs, the fact
that those involved in committed action are generally too
busy to write commentaries, and the fact that the readers who
are supposed to do the job of recognizing the enlightening
blogs by clicking on them are not themselves experienced
and wise, makes the contribution of blogs to serious public
debate unlikely. Blogging is more interactive than the press
and talk shows, and so resembles a return to the coffeehouse
kibitzing of those outside of power that Habermas admires
as democracy at work, and Kierkegaard detests as a diversion
that substitutes for risky action.

What Kierkegaard envisaged as a consequence of the
press’s indiscriminate and uncommitted coverage is now fully
realized on the World Wide Web. Thanks to hyperlinks, mean¬
ingful differences have, indeed, been levelled. Relevance and
significance have disappeared. And this is an important part of



the attraction of the Web. Nothing is too trivial to be included.
Nothing is so important that it demands a special place. In his
religious writing Kierkegaard criticized the implicit nihilism
in the idea that God is equally concerned with the salvation
of a sinner and the fall of a sparrow, 23 that “for God there is
nothing significant and nothing insignificant”. 24 He said such
a thought would lead one “to the verge of despair”. 25 On
the Web, the attraction and the danger are that everyone can
take this godlike point of view. One can view a coffee pot in
Cambridge, or the latest super-nova, study the Kyoto Protocol,
find out what fellowships are available to a person with one’s
profile, or direct a robot to plant and water a seed in Austria,
not to mention plough through thousands of ads, all with
equal ease and equal lack of any sense of what is important.
The highly significant and the absolutely trivial are laid
out together on the information highway in just the way
Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, red, white and blue shoe strings,
a thousand telephones that don’t ring, and the next world war
are laid out on Dylan’s nihilistic “Highway 61”.

Kierkegaard even foresaw that the ultimate activity the
Internet would encourage would be speculation on how big it
is, how much bigger it will get, and what, if anything, all this
means for our culture. This sort of discussion is, of course, in
danger of becoming part of the very cloud of anonymous
speculation Kierkegaard abhorred. Ever sensitive to his own
position as a speaker, Kierkegaard concluded his analysis of
the dangers of the present age and his dark predictions of
what was ahead for Europe with the ironic remark that: “And
since in this age, in which so little is actually done, such an
extraordinary amount is done in the way of prophecies, apo¬
calypses, hints, and insights into the future, there is probably
nothing else for it but to join in.” 26
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Did you write this? It sucks.
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Dr_Chimera wrote:Did you write this? It sucks.


No, this guy did:
http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/04/24/hubert-dreyfus/
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Post #9281 by Slick Nick » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:15 pm

Dog wrote:
Dr_Chimera wrote:Did you write this? It sucks.


I think alot of Kirk’s positions on the press/public opinion are informed by his being the subject of ridicule in the press. Thin skinned and elitist response.

Regardless of the “masses are idiots” instincts of many “elites”, I think people (elites and proles alike) all tend to broadly espouse self-serving positions. They can certainly be indoctrinized and manipulated, but when we look at broad trends, positions and worldviews can often be explained by real self interest and/or emerge from the particular circumstances applicable to a given demographic.

If one feels the masses are going “crazy”, I think we have to look at why -what’s the undelying cause/force pushing towards that- and address it (whether accomodating it or fighting it). Address it at the root causes/issues, not dismiss it as “stupid”. People may be more or less eloquent, but they are all pretty good at sensing when something’s not going their way. I often find myself amazed at how much popular movements point to things I’m completely oblivious to (from my own position within society). Like I stated earlier, the current broad based wave of populism taking hold signals deep discontent. It shouldn’t be dismissed as “stupid”. Causes should be searched for and addressed.


I don't think that he dismisses people as stupid, I think he grasped the dangers that could pose this all encompassing yet anonymous and abstract force that is the public...it's more of a reflection on individuality vs the crowd, crowd psychology, opinion forming, etc. I think it's brilliant nonobstant the elitism and his personal butthurt against The Corsair. Whereas most people of his time simply noted the irrational behavior of masses, he actually dug deep into trying to underline the principles that are at heart of the behavior.
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Dog wrote:
Dr_Chimera wrote:Did you write this? It sucks.


I think alot of Kirk’s positions on the press/public opinion are informed by his being the subject of ridicule in the press. Thin skinned and elitist response.

Regardless of the “masses are idiots” instincts of many “elites”, I think people (elites and proles alike) all tend to broadly espouse self-serving positions. They can certainly be indoctrinized and manipulated, but when we look at broad trends, positions and worldviews can often be explained by real self interest and/or emerge from the particular circumstances applicable to a given demographic.

If one feels the masses are going “crazy”, I think we have to look at why -what’s the undelying cause/force pushing towards that- and address it (whether accomodating it or fighting it). Address it at the root causes/issues, not dismiss it as “stupid”. People may be more or less eloquent, but they are all pretty good at sensing when something’s not going their way. I often find myself amazed at how much popular movements point to things I’m completely oblivious to (from my own position within society). Like I stated earlier, the current broad based wave of populism taking hold signals deep discontent. It shouldn’t be dismissed as “stupid”. Causes should be searched for and addressed.


People are terrible at knowing when something isn't going their way, and unfortunately stupidity - ignorance is a root cause.

Fear based politics are really being pushed, though educated people also fall into it... We seem to believe what we want to. Seems like there's an ever present theme that self motivated actions are the only logical option, and to me the overarching debate of expanding services provided by the government vs trying to use free market mechanisms has been completely replaced with a collective vs extreme individualism debate. And - that there is a huge collective of people convinced that working together at a larger level is impossible and illogical who insist on running government is, at its heart, stupid.
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Sorry, I was being too subtle!
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Post #9285 by Dr_Chimera » Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:42 pm

Social media, like twitter, is great for average folks like us to talk shit to, and gang up on, powerful rich people of high society. These are the same kinds of people who later complain about mobs and how they make them uncomfortable, silence them and so forth (think Bari Weiss, Bret Stephens, Elon Musk).

I don't know if Kierkegaard had anything to say about that. But Jonathan Swift would love it.
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Post #9286 by chicpea » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:03 pm

I wish Prince Charles were online.
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Dr_Chimera wrote:Social media, like twitter, is great for average folks like us to talk shit to, and gang up on, powerful rich people of high society. These are the same kinds of people who later complain about mobs and how they make them uncomfortable, silence them and so forth (think Bari Weiss, Bret Stephens, Elon Musk).

I don't know if Kierkegaard had anything to say about that. But Jonathan Swift would love it.


What about 4chan trolls, or RUSSIAN TROLLS?
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Slick Nick wrote:What about 4chan trolls, or RUSSIAN TROLLS?


I don't spend enough time on 4chan to comment on this. I know one thing though: I have seen The Goodbye Girl and Dreyfuss's performance was not all that and a bag of chips.
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Post #9289 by Shawnathan Horcoff » Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:25 am

mayoradamwest wrote:People are terrible at knowing when something isn't going their way, and unfortunately stupidity - ignorance is a root cause.

Fear based politics are really being pushed, though educated people also fall into it... We seem to believe what we want to. Seems like there's an ever present theme that self motivated actions are the only logical option, and to me the overarching debate of expanding services provided by the government vs trying to use free market mechanisms has been completely replaced with a collective vs extreme individualism debate. And - that there is a huge collective of people convinced that working together at a larger level is impossible and illogical who insist on running government is, at its heart, stupid.


Don't worry, maw (my good friend), I've got this:

Dog wrote:I think alot of Kirk’s positions on the press/public opinion are informed by his being the subject of ridicule in the press. Thin skinned and elitist response.

Regardless of the “masses are idiots” instincts of many “elites”, I think people (elites and proles alike) all tend to broadly espouse self-serving positions. They can certainly be indoctrinized and manipulated, but when we look at broad trends, positions and worldviews can often be explained by real self interest and/or emerge from the particular circumstances applicable to a given demographic.

If one feels the masses are going “crazy”, I think we have to look at why -what’s the undelying cause/force pushing towards that- and address it (whether accomodating it or fighting it). Address it at the root causes/issues, not dismiss it as “stupid”. People may be more or less eloquent, but they are all pretty good at sensing when something’s not going their way. I often find myself amazed at how much popular movements point to things I’m completely oblivious to (from my own position within society). Like I stated earlier, the current broad based wave of populism taking hold signals deep discontent. It shouldn’t be dismissed as “stupid”. Causes should be searched for and addressed.


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Post #9290 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:29 pm

Dog wrote:I don’t really believe in enlightened despots. The moment a group ceases to have a voice, its interests will start to get disregarded. Even in the unrealistic and idealized scenario of a trully selfless despot working solely in the greatest public interest (that notion itself will be subjective) -that despot/central authority/governing elite will have impecfect access to information. It would have to “poll” to get a feel for concerns.


This would have been a scorching hot take 120 years ago.
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I think Reader's Digest would dig it.
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Post #9292 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:30 pm

Hey guys,

About those enlightened despots, I gotta say I'm not a fan. Don't want to badmouth anybody, but I think we can do without them. Sorry if I'm stirring any controversy with this.

And about all of those people upset about stuff, we should listen very carefully and really pay attention to the underlying roots of their discontent.

Also Raquel, just a second, I had a thought. This show is being seen all over the world. I was thinking, if we could all just send good thoughts, transmit them through these cameras here, to the elected leader of China, Wing Wa Woo Tong, so that they might finally be nice. Thank you.
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Post #9293 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:56 pm

Dog wrote:Bit too long for a vacuous tweet. Unsettling.

The issue being discussed started with Nick posting somewhat about the masses being given too much space in public discourse. The enlightened despot was absolutely tongue-in-cheek (I like to use colour on the internets), but at its root is the belief that popular currents have substantive underpinnings which shouldn’t be dismissed.

You know, Doctor, how about you engage and defend your positions. You seem to me to be exceptionally dogmatic, without an inkling of desire or openless to expose views fully and debate them. You prefer to close down, hiding behind insecure smugness, thinking you hold the Unquestionable Truth in your retarded communist ideals.


Debate what? I am not really disagreeing with you about anything.
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Post #9294 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:01 pm

Dog wrote:Comrades,

The age of the liberal swine is coming to an end. We will free the oppressed workers, which under our enlightened lead will rule the world. We can disregard even basic elements of history, economics and human nature and pretend we’ve found an all encompassing solution, regardless of how untethered it is to reality. We will find comfort in our smugness as we laugh at those liberal airheads and sheep that haven’t seen the Truth. I hope they all die choking on their lattes.


Finest prose I have seen from you to date.
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Post #9295 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:25 pm

Dog wrote:
Dr_Chimera wrote:Debate what? I am not really disagreeing with you about anything.


Debate anything. We’re left to piece together your positions as you never really flush anything out.

I suspect you agree with the “respect the people’s voice/interest” sentiment but disliked the liberal framework in was posted and lack of big words -because, deep down, you believe in a prole dictatorship (lead/coopted by a leftish intellegencia).

Just guessing, though.


A good question here would be 'who doesn't believe in the people's voice/interest'? It is almost as if you set yourself the task of writing something really long, with which almost nobody can disagree. Hence my mocking.

(which actually does sound like a 'liberal framework', now that I think about it)
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Post #9296 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:07 pm

It's a fringe perspective. I believe Josh Barro wrote something like this once and no one took him seriously.

American elitism is more implicit (in socio-cultural terms) than discursive. Politicians/pundits mostly valorize working classes and compliment mass movements that align with their ideological leanings.
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Post #9297 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:40 pm

This from Angus Deaton is a relevant counter to Stephen Pinker's feel-good BS about progress: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/opin ... tates.html

Many Americans live in extreme poverty and this is generally not known. Some key points:

- There are 5.3 million Americans who are absolutely poor by global standards. It is more than in Sierra Leone (3.2 million) or Nepal (2.5 million), about the same as in Senegal (5.3 million) and only one-third less than in Angola (7.4 million).

- Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer have documented the daily horrors of life for the several million people in the United States who actually do live on $2 a day, in both urban and rural America: http://www.twodollarsaday.com

- Matthew Desmond’s ethnography of Milwaukee explores the nightmare of finding urban shelter among the American poor: http://www.evictedbook.com

- Of course, people live longer and have healthier lives in rich countries. With only a few (and usually scandalous) exceptions, water is safe to drink, food is safe to eat, sanitation is universal, and some sort of medical care is available to everyone. Yet all these essentials of health are more likely to be lacking for poorer Americans. There are places — the Mississippi Delta and much of Appalachia — where life expectancy is lower than in Bangladesh and Vietnam.

- Some groups - like white Americans with no more than a high school education, have seen worsening health. Their life expectancy is falling, mortality rates from drugs, alcohol and suicide rising.
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Post #9298 by Dr_Chimera » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:06 pm

Attacking Sanders appears to be an irresistible impulse for centrists in the media. And it is lucrative.

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Post #9299 by Dr_Chimera » Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:36 pm

Propaganda war on Russia isn't enough. Need one with Iran as well.

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Post #9300 by Dr_Chimera » Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:16 pm

On a lighter note.


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