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  1. Seongnam, S. Korea
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    14 Feb '18 02:01
    This excerpt is from a recent article by Stephen Paul Foster for Thermidor Mag that I felt was quite fun:

    What strikes so close to home about Kotkin’s comments on Stalin’s rule is his noting of “a permanent condition of stress by creating enemies at home or abroad….” It is safe to say, I believe, that “a permanent condition of stress” captures what so many of us now feel as we endure the daily irruptions of ideological warfare increasingly infused with the language of apocalypse and the denunciation of yet another enemy of “our democracy.” Nancy Pelosi, of the recent Republican tax bill, intoned, “It is the end of the world… The debate on health care is life/death… This is Armageddon.” In the head of this cognitively impaired septuagenarian, predicting how the levers move to arrange her thoughts might be an entertaining exercise, but she cannot possibly believe this. No one believes it, but American politics has descended into untrammeled tribal warfare, and warfare is all about friends and enemies. Obama let it slip out in a 2010 Univision interview, dropping his ‘g’s in order to sound less like a President and more like a mob boss, “We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends.” Obama, however, had stumbled on to something: enemies exist to be punished; that’s the whole point, and when you practice politics as warfare, that’s the only rule.

    The existence of these enemies Obama had put in his sights for punishment, I would suggest, is what makes our “permanent condition of stress” permanent. Moreover, it should be obvious that, whatever the particular threats political enemies might exude, persistence and endurance are of the highest importance, in a word, permanence. A completely vanquished enemy is no longer an enemy, and without him, the status-quo with all of its limitations and imperfections conveniently ascribed to his wiles, belongs entirely to the victor, an undisputed but tainted possession, however, that does not work completely to his advantage. On our enemies, we depend for our longevity more, perhaps, than on our friends.

    Stalin was extremely fortunate in the early stages of his dictatorship to have had Hitler and Mussolini as his enemies. The racial and national superiority claimed by the Nazis and Fascists and their affinity for violence and military aggression made them the perfect foil for the Soviet’s phony “peace” propaganda and the promise of humanity’s revolutionary march of progress toward a world of equality, harmony and plenty and a socialist workers paradise. The Soviets were the “progressives” of the 1930s; they had divined the arc of the moral universe bending toward justice and were, in stark contrast to the Nazis, bending right along with it. Though Nazi Germany was militarily vanquished by Stalin (with considerable assistance from the capitalist powers he had vowed to destroy) the imagery of fascism was embraced by the Soviets up to its collapse in 1991 to define its enemies, including its primary cold war enemy, the United States.


    Link to the full material:
    http://thermidormag.com/liberalisms-enemies-within/

    The implication is that these accusations of "nazi" and "fascist," these racist bogeymen under the covers and the sort of terminology employed by the Left in America is meant to fulfill political ambitions and mobilize their base to fulfill their goals.

    The Left rightly accuses the American conservatives of doing the same. The Red Scare was not fundamentally different in its mechanics or its outlook.

    This actually just serves to be a better critique of what we call democracy. Democracy starts to look more like a competition to manufacture consent between different groups of demagogues while at the same time raising funds.

    But... what really is so important here, and should be emphasized, is that the Left's commitments to their Holy Cows isn't some benign stand against "evil," as they portray it, but rather is a dangerous game of Utopian thinking that actually makes everyone's lives worse and more difficult.
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    14 Feb '18 02:52
    Originally posted by @philokalia
    This excerpt is from a recent article by Stephen Paul Foster for Thermidor Mag that I felt was quite fun:

    [quote]What strikes so close to home about Kotkin’s comments on Stalin’s rule is his noting of “a permanent condition of stress by creating enemies at home or abroad….” It is safe to say, I believe, that “a permanent condition of stress” captures ...[text shortened]... angerous game of Utopian thinking that actually makes everyone's lives worse and more difficult.
    Dream on with your fake phony account. Dream on...
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    14 Feb '18 02:55
    Originally posted by @kingdavid403
    Dream on with your fake phony account. Dream on...
    Dudebro how is my account fake? It's just an account. It's not a multiple account.

    Check it out -- It's even a paid for, subscribed account.

    You think someone literally bought a subscribed account as a double?

    I don't get it, bro.
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    14 Feb '18 03:131 edit
    Originally posted by @philokalia
    Dudebro how is my account fake? It's just an account. It's not a multiple account.

    Check it out -- It's even a paid for, subscribed account.

    You think someone literally bought a subscribed account as a double?

    I don't get it, bro.
    I'm not your bro.
  5. Seongnam, S. Korea
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    14 Feb '18 04:01
    Originally posted by @kingdavid403
    I'm not your bro.
    I believe in Universal Brotherhood of Man.

    Don't you?

    This is the basis of secular humanism and Christianity alike.

    We are all members of this great human family -- no race or creed can keep us apart. Let us be joined together as Worker's of the World, etc. What do you think?
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    14 Feb '18 04:152 edits
    Originally posted by @philokalia
    I believe in Universal Brotherhood of Man.

    Don't you?

    This is the basis of secular humanism and Christianity alike.

    We are all members of this great human family -- no race or creed can keep us apart. Let us be joined together as Worker's of the World, etc. What do you think?
    It is Good verses evil, you're clearly on the greedy selfish evil side. Let me know when you wake-up worker of the world. lol Again, you're not my bro and most likely never will be Mr. Jet Skis. lol
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    14 Feb '18 04:19
    Originally posted by @kingdavid403
    I'm not your bro.
    Sister?
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    14 Feb '18 04:232 edits
    Originally posted by @whodey
    Sister?
    Your mom. Now get back in your basement son. It's past your bedtime.
  9. Seongnam, S. Korea
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    14 Feb '18 05:09
    Originally posted by @kingdavid403
    It is Good verses evil, you're clearly on the greedy selfish evil side. Let me know when you wake-up worker of the world. lol Again, you're not my bro and most likely never will be Mr. Jet Skis. lol
    That is quite a judgmnet.

    Judge not, lest ye be judged.
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    14 Feb '18 05:123 edits
    Originally posted by @philokalia
    That is quite a judgmnet.

    Judge not, lest ye be judged.
    Have you had what you termed the “courage” to go back address the racism you displayed in this forum? Last time we spoke you were telling me how you weren’t going to...

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  11. Seongnam, S. Korea
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    14 Feb '18 06:52
    This actually isn't relevant to the thread.

    I'll talk about it at some point, no doubt, but I am in no hurry.

    I do have a four day weekend coming up, though, and you know what that means...
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    14 Feb '18 06:563 edits
    Originally posted by @philokalia
    This actually isn't relevant to the thread.

    I'll talk about it at some point, no doubt, but I am in no hurry.
    No it isn’t relevant to the thread and I apologise for that but it is relevant to you and the claims you make about yourself and others. I can see why you aren’t in a hurry to return to that topic and I doubt you will, I’m just referring to you attacking others for not having “courage” in their posting.
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    14 Feb '18 07:08
    Originally posted by @divegeester
    No it isn’t relevant to the thread and I apologise for that but it is relevant to you and the claims you make about yourself and others. I can see why you aren’t in a hurry to return to that topic and I doubt you will, I’m just referring to you attacking others for not having “courage” in their posting.
    Oh no, I do undertand how my delay in this issue would be frustrating but I truly believe that a once over the topic is really sufficient for an entire quarter. And by quarter I do mean three months.

    I am currently reading more about nihilism, the concept of 'universal history,' and I am more contemplative of "democracy." I am also quite interested in Biblical historicity and the concept of "grace" right now.

    Those interests are really pertinent to me and I am sure that I will be interested in discussing the matter at length but probably not until the Holy Season has passed. It's just not on my mind.
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    14 Feb '18 07:09
    I also apologize. My courage is there, but it is just unnecessary for me to do this now. It'd be boring and uninteresting to me when I have so many other topics I wish to cover these days.
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    14 Feb '18 07:111 edit
    Originally posted by @philokalia
    Oh no, I do undertand how my delay in this issue would be frustrating but I truly believe that a once over the topic is really sufficient for an entire quarter. And by quarter I do mean three months.

    I am currently reading more about nihilism, the concept of 'universal history,' and I am more contemplative of "democracy." I am also quite ...[text shortened]... he matter at length but probably not until the Holy Season has passed. It's just not on my mind.
    It’s not frustrating, just interesting.

    Why do keep telling everyone what you are reading, what you have read and what you are going to read?
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