LOGIC OF THE SAMURAI

or “how it feels to die…”
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK / ZITAT DER WOCHE

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton, American actor/writer
(Politiker sind Menschen die, wenn sie das Licht am Ende eines Tunnels sehen, sofort noch ein paar weitere bauen.)

POLITICS NEEDS PHILOSOPHY

Political science” – what a verbal miscarriage! What science can there be in politics; except for the science of deception, obfuscation and manipulation? As a branch of philosophy, politics is a lot more than economic programs and social policies. The governance of people, communities and nations, require thorough knowledge of philosophical concepts and models. The authors of the American constitution obtained excellent guidance through great minds, such as John Locke, David Hume and Thomas Paine and In Europe philosophical giants like G.W.F. Hegel and J.W. Goethe inspired their governments in social policies and moral issues.
What we know is that without prominent moral thinkers and great philosophical minds society cannot find humanity. Weiterlesen

THE POLITICS OF TRUTH

Truth is neither ideologically left nor right. The only associates of truth are reality and reason. The new liberalism is allowing people to interpret truth and to make it an issue of social emancipation and compromise. Governments want truth to be nothing more than mutable social fashion, rather than an absolute. A rigid moral and ethic yardstick is something that a government could be measured against. Therefore, truth (any truth) should be flexible and amoebic; an entity which only the state and the popular media are in positions to define.  Weiterlesen

TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN…

The past shows unvaryingly that when a people’s freedom disappears, it goes not with a bang, but in silence amid the comfort of being cared for. That is the dire peril in the present trend toward statism. If freedom is not found accompanied by a willingness to resist, and to reject favors, rather than to give up what is intangible but precarious, it will not long be found at all.
Richard Weaver, 1962

THE POLITICS OF CULTURE

During the end of the Vietnam War I met a US Marine in Hong Kong. We discussed Western involvement in this part of the world and I explained my admiration for the Chinese and Indochinese cultures. The Marine said: “What can you expect from a person who carries a grain of rice with two sticks but two buckets of shit with one.” I found that funny and we had a few good laughs that night, before he had to ship out. But this little episode made me think deeply about the importance of politics and culture. Weiterlesen