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Election Day: The Day Philosophy Died
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Posted on 11/04/2008 10:07:15 AM PST by The Conservative Yogini

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague." - Marcus Tullius Cicero, Against Catiline I

I am not a professional philosopher. Really, there is no such thing. Yet, I did pursue and recieve a degree in philosophy. To this day, friends and acquaintances still ask me as to why in the name of the almighty dollar, would I have pursued and continue to pursue something so, well, "fruitless." Meanwhile, today is election day, and today is the day which marks the beginning of something unprecedented for our country. A strange growth indeed: I believe that Obama will easily take the White House. The enormous force of propaganda and excitement generated out of it, the likes of which I have not seen during my lifetime, except in the case of perhaps a movie like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, is a tsunami that is just too massive for the majority of Americans to resist.

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TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: election; obama; philosophy; plato

1 posted on 11/04/2008 10:07:16 AM PST by The Conservative Yogini
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To: The Conservative Yogini

*****The enormous force of propaganda and excitement ..........perhaps a movie like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars,...****

Frightening that our real world is just movie hype...and we are paying for premium seats to watch our demise.

We are idiots!!!!


2 posted on 11/04/2008 10:14:07 AM PST by sodpoodle (Man studies evolution to understand His creation.)
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To: The Conservative Yogini

Good article on philosophy. I am more optimistic. We are finally waking up to philosophy, the need for it and the difference between individual, life, truth and freedom philosophies and those anti-freedom, anti-truth, anti-individual, anti-life philosophies.


3 posted on 11/04/2008 10:27:53 AM PST by PGalt
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