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Lectures on the Philosophy of World History

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Stupid is as stupid does. This means YOU Liberals.

Hegel Knew There Would Be Days Like These

There have been places and periods of history when only a congenital optimist could have had any hope for the future of our species. Think of the end of Athens’s golden age, the fall of the Roman Empire, the petering out of the Renaissance, the close of the Enlightenment, the rise of fascism…

It’s when things look bleak indeed that it pays to remember the German 19th century philosopher Hegel. In his Lectures on the Philosophy of World History, published in 1830, Hegel offered us a way of looking at the darker periods of history that neither glosses over their pain nor refuses to give up hope — but intelligently helps us to understand why human progress cannot be linear while encouraging us to trust that it does occur nevertheless.

For Hegel, history moves forward in what he termed a dialectical way. A dialectic is a philosophical term for an argument made up of three parts:

  1. A thesis
  2. An antithesis
  3. And a synthesis

Both the thesis and the antithesis contain parts of the truth, but they are also exaggerations and distortions of the whole, and so need to clash and interact, until their best elements find resolution in a synthesis.

                          Lady Liberty leading the People

Hegel thought this pattern a constant in history. The world makes progress by lurching from one extreme to another, as it seeks to compensate for previous mistakes and generally requires three moves before the right balance on any issue can be found.

For example, the Ancient Athenians discovered the idea of individual liberty, but their regime was blind to the need for collective discipline and organisation. The Ancient Persians knew all about that and were thereby able to conquer the Athenians on the battlefield, yet they were also despotic enemies of free thought, which with time became its own liability. It took many centuries for the correct synthesis between liberty and discipline to be worked out in the form of the Roman Empire.

In Hegel’s own era, the stifling, unfair 18th-century system of inherited monarchy had been abolished by the French Revolution — but what should have been the peaceful birth of representative government ended up in the anarchy and chaos of the Terror. This in turn led to the emergence of Napoleon, who restored order but became a military brute, trampling on the liberty he had professed to love. Only after forty years and much bloodshed did the modern ‘balanced constitution’ emerge, an arrangement which more sensibly balanced up popular representation with the rights of minorities.

Or to take another example, the European Enlightenment had stressed the importance of Reason, but it had in many parts been sterile and reductive. The movement known as Romanticism had then swept in to assert the importance of Emotion but this had carried excesses of its own. Only eventually had a correct reconciliation been worked out between the legitimate, competing needs of Reason and Emotion.

Hegel’s argument has a highly consoling feel at moments when it seems that one kind of progress has been entirely lost. He is on hand to reassure us that we are merely seeing the pendulum swing back for a time. Yet he also wisely counselled that this was needed because the initial move forward had been blind to a range of crucial insights. All sides on a matter will contain important truths lodged amidst exaggerations, and bombast — yet will eventually be sifted through the wisdom of time.

Hegel reminds us that big overreactions are eminently compatible with events broadly moving forward in the right direction. The dark moments aren’t the end, they’re a challenging but even in some ways necessary part of an antithesis that will — eventually — locate a wiser point of synthesis.


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To Prevent Alcoholism, A Shot Of Tequila Early And Often For Children, Doctors Say

Controversial new alcohol guidelines follow recommendation that infants also receive foods containing peanuts to avoid nut allergies

Originally Published Here: https://bullshit.ist/to-prevent-alcoholism-a-shot-of-tequila-early-and-often-for-children-doctors-say-3351631717a8#.5rqnuos9g

Tequila, gin, whiskey, or any other high-proof liquor will work with the new alcohol guidelines. Beer, served in larger quantities, also has the same alcoholism prevention effect.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced on Friday that parents should give babies a shot of alcohol regularly, starting at 6 months or even earlier, as a way to help prevent later alcoholism.

The recommendation comes on the heels of new guidance announced this week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases that children be fed foods containing peanuts to help avoid nut allergies as they grow older.

Dr. Banzer says one shot of hard liquor every other day for infants is plenty, and it does not have to be served on the rocks.

“We realize our new alcohol guidelines fly in the face of conventional wisdom,” said Dr. Mortimer P. Banzer, Director of the NIH, “but the research is clear — a shot of tequila, vodka, whiskey, even a pint of beer every other day, can help fortify a toddler’s body against the affects of alcohol addiction in adulthood.”

The new national health guidelines calling for parents to give their infants a shot of booze early and often has parents concerned, but Dr. Banzer was adamant. “Overloading the body with the offending addictive agent or allergen at a young age is precisely what works. There’s a window of time when the body is more likely to tolerate a shot of hooch than react to it, and if you can educate the body during that window, alcohol addiction is much less likely to occur. It’s counter-intuitive but parents needn’t worry. This is well-researched — it’s completely safe to do so.”

The positive conclusions on preventing alcohol addiction follow equally hopeful research that involves giving children foods containing peanuts to avoid later nut allergies.

Dr. Banzer said that a bigger threat may be parents joining their babies in doing a shot, “which could lead to irresponsible parenting.” But he added that a little impulse control should do the trick.

The NIH is also experimenting with giving newborns one cigarette a week as a way to prevent nicotine addiction, but results from that study, while promising, are not yet conclusive.

‘Kid Charlemagne’: A Close Reading Of Steely Dan’s Ode To Haight Street’s LSD King: SFist

Owsley Stanley was a sound engineer, an LSD cook, and the co-designer of the iconic Grateful Dead “Steal Your Face” symbol. There are a lot of things you can learn – even if you are over 60 like me – click the link below the graphic.  It’s safe.

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Source: ‘Kid Charlemagne’: A Close Reading Of Steely Dan’s Ode To Haight Street’s LSD King: SFist

Don’t give Trump so much credit, America

There are so many common sense thoughts returning to the fore and so much garbage political correctness BS going where it belongs. I have not been this HAPPY since…………..wait for it………….Bush. Egads!

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Purpose on the Prairie

In less than 24 hours since Donald Trump has been named the President-elect of the greatest nation on this earth, it’s become apparent he’s being given far more credit than he’s due.  There’s anguished cries of, ‘How will my children grow up knowing not to discriminate?’ or, ‘How can I look my daughter in the eye and tell her she has purpose?’  Really?  Really, America?  You have given Donald Trump, a mere mortal man, far more credit than he deserves, especially considering the man hasn’t even taken office yet.  Trump does not have the power to mold our families, that is our flat-out our responsibility.

Your children will learn to love or hate, be respectful or disrespectful, wise or foolish, not by the character of the family in the White House, but by the family in their house.  May I submit to you that your sons and daughters will be…

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Everybody Wants to Win for Themselves

In this election year 2016 we have come to the point where we are more concerned with being “right” than we are with doing the best thing for the country.

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We cannot afford four more years of ‘business as usual’ by the Democrat OR Republican Party because we’re broke.  We must stop spending what we don’t have.  The money wasted on political advertising alone would feed the country of Chad for 5 years.

House Democrats

A photo shot and tweeted from the floor of the House by U.S. House Rep. John Yarmuth shows Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Joe Courtney (L) and Rep. John Lewis (C) staging a sit-in on the House floor “to demand action on common sense gun legislation” on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth/Handout

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Let’s try something – how about we let the members of Congress go back to their respective constituencies and earn a living doing something for the community instead of wasting time and OUR money, sitting on the floor and flopping and whining.  Just like it used to be.  Plain Civil Service.  It’s supposed to be an honor to serve your fellow citizens – not a privilege.  Back in the day – Congresspeople volunteered their time to build this nation and their expenses were covered when they were doing public good.  They held a job back home and were inconvenienced from their careers and lives working in Congress.  They worked for the People after all.

Hillary - you're no Abe Lincoln. He could wear a shower curtain from Motel 6 like you and still do a better job getting dressed.

Hillary – you’re no Abe Lincoln. He could wear a shower curtain from Motel 6 just like you have and still do a better job getting dressed.

DONALD TRUMP IS NOT A CAREER POLITICIAN.  HE IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.

Who Degrades Women More?

The Hillary Superpac “Correct the Record” led by David Brock has been doing this for years………..

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You wonder where in the world did your twitter account get so attractive to hundreds of supposedly lonely women on the internet?

I feel sorry for narcissists

The name of the Superpac is “Correct the Record”

I could not figure out why I was getting 2 to 3 unsolicited followers coming in clumps which are only scantily clad and/or ferociously sexual looking expressions on single women – that themselves have not tweets at all.  I don’t go to porn sites and I never used an online dating service.  Who produces these?  Don’t pat yourself on the back.  Hillary Clinton does.

The Old Switcheroo.  First you construct the incident (the setup) and then you wait for a while.  Let it steep.  Let it happen so often and so innocently that you really don’t pay much attention to it.  You don’t make the connection to current events and then – WHAM! – you get blind-sided by a flurry of negative PR and accusations just at the right time.  A great tactic when you believe your victims are dumber than you and that the masses of ignorants won’t put 2 and 2 together.

Step Two – Chicken Little.  Start to claim that these lowball events are simply ‘Alt-Right’ and ‘Conspiracy’ attacks.  You ought to know, you evil woman – YOU CREATED THEM.

This is the sign of desperation.  This is the sign of a person and a staff who think you are gullible.  This is a sign from people who actually have nothing good to say about themselves.

Now who is the one exploiting women and bringing the mud-slinging game to the digital age?

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