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07/12/2012

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James

I am reminded of two pertinent statements by Abraham Lincoln. The first “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” And the second, "“I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all."

Bill McDonald

A note of warning to the power structure.

Bring the bankers to the bar of justice or risk having the people do it for you.

The problem for you is that if the people rise up in righteous fury, the bankers might not be enough of a sacrifice to satisfy their thirst for justice.

Quit cavorting with the money lenders or risk having the whole damned temple brought down upon your heads.

Who knows what spark will be enough to light up the people's rage. No matter how many guns you bring to bear, you may not be able to suppress the people when they come for you.

Joy

Public executions were a feature of almost every society in history, including the US, until fairly recently. While "barbaric" they did serve as a restraint on the most extreme forms of lawlessness. Their absence is an anomaly. It is a safe assumption that they will return shortly.

Likewise, private chattel slavery (as distinguished from the modern forms of debt slavery/peonage or prison labor) has been pretty much universal in human history. (Unlike social welfare benefits which have been a one off phenomenon for a single human lifetime) Not only was it the basis of old world civilizations, but it was even practiced on Pacific islands and by Native Americans. I expect this will make a big comeback in the next generation as many of the people unable to manage their own lives will find it preferable to homelessness and starvation or being ravaged by outlaws.

adam

Thanks, Dave, I needed a laugh today. Your translation was great.

I love Diogenes, partly because he proves that a meaningful existence has little to do with what society says. Diogenes was, in a sense, the troll to end all trolls, and today he would be arrested several times over and his lifestyle of living on the street would guarantee that virtually nobody would notice him or take him seriously. Yet, living as he did, he was more wise and important than virtually any of the people of think themselves such today.

Diogenes

Hi Dave,
Sorry I'm late getting to this, but I wanted to clarify.
Re: "Diogenes is clearly contentious, but he is so for the sake of promoting reason and virtue. In the end, for a human to be in accord with nature is to be rational, for it is in the nature of a human being to act in accord with reason."
This statement is by Julie Piering and it is worse than backwards - it's just totally off the mark.
Diogenes didn't give a shit about reason or rationality as indicated not only by his behavior, but also by his reported encounters with Plato. He was all about awakening...enlightenment. I see him as a zen master roaming about and hitting Greek citizens over thier heads with a stick. Julie needs a good whack.
Hope you don't mind.
Regards...

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