My philosophical friend Ben Finiti has some interesting thoughts on the corruption of science by power. In “It Starts an Ends with Nietzsche“, he blames the famous German philosopher/nutcase for unleashing and legitimizing the pursuit of power over truth and morality. Like Danton’s head, it is worth a look.
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Tags: Ben Finiti, Nietzsche
Tags: Aeschylus, Gilbert Murray, Plato, Sophists, voegelin
[My philosophical friend Finiti has permitted me to reprint here this post from his own site (www.benfiniti.com).]
by Ben Finiti
I came across a passage which seems to describe in remarkably succinct terms the process of the “avant garde” elite’s degradation of our culture. It is in a 1940 book on Aeschylus by the classical scholar Gilbert Murray. He is contrasting his subject with the turmoil raised by the Sophists of Athens
“The development is one which has often been repeated in ages of great intellectual activity. Vigorous minds begin to question the convention in which they have been brought up and which they have now outgrown. They reject first the elements in them which are morally repulsive, then the parts that are obviously incredible; they try to reject the husk and preserve the kernel, and for a time reach a far higher moral and intellectual standard than the generations before them or the duller people of their own time.
“Then, it seems, something is apt to go wrong. Perhaps a cynic would say – and it would be hard to confute him – the element
of reason in man is so feeble a thing that he cannot stand successfully except when propped in the stiff harness of convention. At any rate there is always apt to come a later generation which has carried doubt and skepticism much farther and finds the kernel to consist only of inner layers of husk and then more husk, as the place of George IV’s heart, according to Thackeray, was supplied by waistcoats and then more waistcoats.
“First come inspiration and the exaltation of breaking false barriers: at the end comes the mere flabbiness of having no barriers left to break and no talent except for breaking them. ” Continue reading ‘The “Mere Flabbiness” of the Elites’
Tags: appeasement, Holocaust, Israel
President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize, and people are amazed. They should not be; in fact, Obama has earned the prize.
In the blink of an eye he has moved the world’s only superpower firmly into the appeasement camp. This has been the Western left’s greatest foreign policy goal for the past eight years, and Obama has delivered on it.
Without creating much of a stir, he has notified our enemies that they need not fear us, and our allies that they cannot count on us.
Meanwhile, Iran arms itself for the coming annihilation of 6 million Jews, and the world prepares itself by stigmatizing Israel and legitimizing anti-Semitism.
Tags: appeasement, Carter, Castro, Chavez, Democrats, Honduras, Iran, isolationism, Israel, national security, Obama, outreach, pushback, Saddam Hussein, Truman Democrats, Venezuela
OUTREACH TO ENEMIES, PUSHBACK TO ALLIES
Health Care Reform and the recession have kept America’s attention firmly riveted on the new administration’s domestic direction. But something much bigger is happening in the world, and it is going largely unnoticed.
The sole superpower is withdrawing from world affairs.
It is quickly becoming clear that President Obama’s foreign policy has a simple but astonishing goal: to rid us of both enemies and allies. Continue reading ‘Obama’s Isolationism Unveiled’
Tags: Alasdair MacIntyre, communism, Leszek Kolakowski, Marxism, morality, New Left, religion
(by Mister Moleman’s philosophical friend Ben Finiti)
One of the greatest of modern thinkers passed away last month. Leszek Kolakowski was rightly known for his searing critique of Communism, embodied in his magisterial 1978 survey, the 3-volume Main Currents of Marxism. The 20th century had crushed his every favorable illusion about Communism (as it did for virtually every other Pole). He exposed the ugly philosophical reality of Marxism as thoroughly as Alexander Solzhenitsyn exposed its hideous physical reality. With Main Currents and Gulag Archipelago on a bookshelf, and only The Black Book of Communism between them, no library really needs another volume on the subject. Continue reading ‘Leszek Kolakowski, 1927-2009’