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  • Target Western Intellectuals to Win at Idea Warfare

    03/25/2016 3:13:02 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 3 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/25/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    In the 1980 t.v. mini-series Shogun, Dutch navigator Richard Chamberlain shipwrecked in 17th century Japan, hangs a piece of meat on a tree to rot. An elderly servant gladly accepts the penalty of execution to give the poor carcass a decent burial. The original goodness of the game animal, that made it desirable to eat, rotten or not, was that it had once been alive, vital and desirable, useful even in death because of its latent vitality. Trailer same principle, the vitality of a once-alive thing, applies to the fact that our "terrible" American civilization, which Obama must punish in...
  • Marx Voted Top Thinker By Brits

    07/14/2005 12:10:33 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 143 replies · 1,721+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 14, 2005 | Charlotte Higgins
    In a shock result, Karl Marx has been voted the greatest ever philosopher following a poll by Melvyn Bragg's Radio 4 show In Our Time. In the public's poll, which assessed 20 philosophers, Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, got 27.93% of the 30,000 votes. In second place came David Hume with 12.67%, followed by Ludwig Wittgenstein with 6.8%. Plato trailed in fifth place and Socrates at eighth. Andrew Chitty, who, at Sussex University, teaches the UK's only MA in Marxist philosophy, said: "This shows that philosophy should take Marxism seriously. It is possible he won because...
  • The Lost City of Atlantis May Be Hiding in Plain Sight Sergio Frau

    09/02/2015 10:20:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies
    Newser ^ | August 17, 2015 | Sergio Frau
    Sergio Frau suspects Plato was writing about a tidal wave on Sardinia... Writer and journalist Sergio Frau is another. After researching the island for a decade, Frau suspects a mysterious disaster that devastated Sardinia 3,200 years ago was in fact a tidal wave, which boosts the theory that Sardinia and Atlantis are one and the same, reports the Guardian. Stefano Tinti, an expert on tidal waves who recently visited the island with Frau along with a dozen other experts, says 350 tidal waves have occurred in the Mediterranean over the last 2,500 years and one might explain why all of...
  • Ancient Greece's 'global warming'

    05/08/2009 6:39:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,347+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 08, 2009 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    In Heaven + Earth (Global Warming: The Missing Science), Ian Plimer, Professor of Mining Geology at The University of Adelaide, Australia, asks us to embrace big-picture science views; for to recognize our limits is a sign of maturity. "Climate science lacks scientific discipline," says the pro-amalgamation Professor, and in order to see more clearly we need to adopt an interdisciplinary approach. This requires humbleness. In Chapter 2: History, Plimer travels back in time, thousands of years, in fact, to debunk Gore's catastrophic global warming myths. I particularly like his research on the ancient Greeks. For Plato (427-347 BC) advanced the...
  • What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

    04/25/2015 6:23:00 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04.25.15 | James Poulos
    So the anti-feminist feminist got heckled again by the PC kids. We can disdain them. But instead let’s turn to Plato, who can explain them. Beyond its entertainment value, mockery plays a useful role in a society as riven and weary as ours: it substitutes for understanding. Confronted with incomprehensible public rage, the quickest way to survive is simply to denigrate it from a safe distance. Diving down the rabbit hole, sinking into the morass, seems an act of cultural suicide. But as the deepening of our campus culture crisis should alert us, the strategy is leading to mutually assured...
  • Sex-Selection Infanticide Dates Back to the Greeks: Girl Babies Were Killed, Thrown Into Sewers

    12/23/2014 8:20:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/23/14 | Murray Vasser
    (LiveActionNews) — A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.”Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of...
  • Berkeley students outraged course reading includes Plato, Aristotle but nothing from transgenders

    01/22/2015 12:58:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | January 22, 2015 | Maggie Lit
    Two students at the University of California, Berkeley are calling for students to “Occupy the syllabus,” or consider dropping a course if it only includes the works of white men as class material. Students Rodrigo Kazuo and Margaret “Meg” Perret wrote an op-ed in The Daily Californian, the independent student newspaper, titled “Occupy the syllabus” where they called for a student-wide occupation of all social science and humanities classes after they found their upper-division course on classical social theory lacked the works of women, trans people, and people of color. “The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that...
  • Turkish Minister: Muslims Discovered the Earth is Round

    11/30/2014 3:19:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 74 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The Turkish Science Minister has become the latest public figure to make outrageous claims over Islam's hand in science and technology, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday - this time, claiming that Muslims discovered that the world is round. "Some 700-800 years before Galileo, 71 Muslim scientists led by al-Khwarizmi convened by the order of the Caliph Al-Ma'mun and revealed that the Earth is a sphere," Minister Fikri stated on Thursday. Fikri further claimed that a copy of the original document proving Islam's role in astronomy is currently in the Museum of Islamic Science and Technology in Istanbul. The Earth...
  • Sea Level Study Reveals Atlantis Candidate

    09/19/2001 9:10:00 PM PDT · by blam · 80 replies · 162+ views ^ | 9-19-2001 | Jon Copley
    Sea level study reveals Atlantis candidate 19:00 19 September 01 Jon Copley It sounds a familiar enough yarn - a lone researcher claiming to have pinpointed the lost land of Atlantis famously described by Plato. But this time there is no mention of "supercivilisations", UFOs or magic crystals. Instead, he has turned the clock back on ancient rises in sea level to reveal an island that matches Plato's story. Plato's works Timaeus and Critias contain the first written descriptions of Atlantis and its watery fate, drawn from stories collected in Egypt. "These texts are the origin of a lot ...
  • Utopia, eugenics and today's progressives

    07/21/2013 2:30:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Renew America ^ | 7-21-13 | Ellis Washington
    The introduction to "The Faber Book of Utopias," edited by John Carey, chronicles the methods of creating ideal citizens, which historically have been repeatedly promoted by utopian philosophers via the deconstruction or abolition of the family. Originally proposed by Plato in his magnum opus, "The Republic," this simple yet dramatic blueprint has influenced a number of social philosophers as diverse as More, Hobbes, Voltaire, Rousseau, to Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, B.F. Skinner, to socialist, liberal, progressive thinkers and politicians in modern times. Plato promoted the belief that the family should be completely deconstructed and its component parts used as...
  • Woe to Those Who Call Trash Treasure and Treasure Trash!

    05/01/2013 5:21:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 1, 2013 | Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
    Ah, to know the mind of Aristotle, the man whom Dante called “the teacher of those who know.” How magnificent to commune with the intellect of Plato, of whom Alfred North Whitehead dared to say: “the European philosophical tradition consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” Many other ancient writers by their enduring works have bequeathed to us the gift of remarkable clarity on our unchanging human nature, a clarity which is conspicuously absent from most of the literature churned out in this Dark Age.Contrast the lasting classics of the Great Western Tradition with the divergent and self-conscious works...
  • Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts

    03/07/2013 2:30:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 7th March 2013 16:04 GMT | By Chris Mellor •
    The Vatican Library is losing its walls. Its 89,000 historic manuscripts are being made available online for access by scholars world-wide courtesy of EMC. The library, properly known as the Vatican Apostolic Library, is located in the Vatican City and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, established formally in 1475 but thought to have functioned for a long time before that. The library's function is to be a resource for scholars researching history, law, philosophy, science and theology.The Abyss of Hell by Sandro Botticelli in the Vatican Library It stores some 89,000 manuscripts, including 8,900 incunabula, manuscripts...
  • Social Justice According to Pius XI

    01/01/2013 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    hprweb ^ | DECEMBER 26, 2012 | THOMAS STORCK
    The term “social justice”… is the key term and concept of Catholic social teaching … with all the other aspects of the Church’s social doctrine—the principle of subsidiarity, the just wage or the right to private property—are related to, and rely, on the existence of social justice. The term “social justice,” though common enough today, is little understood by most of those who use it—whether they consider themselves friends and practitioners of social justice, or they regard it as a suspect term of probably socialist origin. But the term does have a precise meaning. That meaning and the significance of...

    07/24/2012 4:50:47 PM PDT · by wmfights · 43 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D
    IMPACT OF PLATONISM ON ESCHATOLOGY Randy Alcorn has specifically addressed the impact of Platonism on Christian eschatology. In doing so he has coined the term, Christoplatonism. As the title suggests, Christoplatonism is a philosophy that “has blended elements of Platonism with Christianity.”46 But as he points out, this merger is not a good thing since this mixture of Platonism with Christianity “has poisoned Christianity and blunted its distinct differences from Eastern religions.”47 According to Alcorn, Christoplatonism’s pervasive influence 41 Blaising, “Premillennialism,” 162. 42 Russell D. Moore, “Personal and Cosmic Eschatology,” in A Theology for the Church, ed. Daniel L. Akin...
  • Scientists Unearth Urban Center More Ancient Than Plato

    12/01/2003 9:25:02 PM PST · by sarcasm · 24 replies · 73+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 2, 2003 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    igging on a coastal plain at the Gulf of Corinth three years ago, archaeologists came upon some ruins of Helike, a Greek city destroyed by earthquake in Plato's time. A search for the rest of Helike has now turned up something even more ancient, rare and inviting.The archaeologists say they have uncovered the stone foundations, cobbled streets and pottery of a well-preserved 4,500-year-old urban center, one of the few Early Bronze Age communities ever found on the Greek mainland.Preliminary investigation at the prehistoric site, the researchers say, reveals that this was a prosperous town at the time pre-Homeric Troy enjoyed...
  • Why it matters that our democracy trust in God

    06/05/2011 6:12:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    CERC ^ | April 25, 2011 | FATHER ROBERT BARRON
    Why it matters that our democracy trust in GodFATHER ROBERT BARRONI was pleased to see that the United States Supreme Court recently dismissed a suit brought by Michael Newdow, a Sacramento man who wanted to remove the phrase “In God We Trust” from the nation’s coins and paper currency, as well as from the fronts of our public buildings. The tired argument that the gentleman brought forward was that this custom somehow violates the first amendment guarantee that the government shall make no law either establishing an official religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion in the United...
  • Plato celebrates status as new census center of United States population

    05/09/2011 5:28:09 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 1 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/9/2011 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PLATO, Mo. (May 9, 2011) — Local community leaders, state and federal officials, and hundreds of students from the Plato R-V School District joined U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves Monday afternoon in unveiling a stone pedestal marking their community as the center of the United States population, based on 2010 census data. “Our village may be small but it has a big heart,” said Plato village board chairman Bob Biram. Unlike many rural communities, Plato is rapidly growing, mostly due to the presence of Fort Leonard Wood, the Army’s largest training center which trained more than 100,000 military...
  • Plato's Cave, 2011

    04/11/2011 12:04:49 PM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 3 replies ^ | 04/08/11 | Ellis Washington
    Socrates: We are gathered here today at my Symposium to discuss part of a major work by my student, Plato, namely his venerated parable, the Allegory of Plato's Cave, which appears in Book 7 of his "Republic." This opus examines the form and essence of the ideal state and its ideal ruler – the philosopher king. Plato's justification for placing the controls of government in philosophers is based on his comprehensive study of truth and knowledge, and it is in this background that the Allegory of the Cave is created.
  • Symposium--Divine Command Theory

    03/23/2011 12:22:15 PM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 2 replies ^ | 01/29/11 | Ellis Washington
    Socrates: We are gathered here today at this symposium to discuss the subject of ethics, specifically the divine command theory which posits this question: Is what is good, good because God commands it, or does God command it because it is good? Without God, of course, the divine command theory immediately collapses, but even allowing that God does exist, there are still a number of serious problems threatening the theory. Probably the gravest of these is the so-called Euthyphro dilemma, first raised by Plato some 2,400 years ago. Plato: In my dialogue Socrates engages a young man named Euthyphro in...
  • Euthyphro Dissected

    02/27/2011 12:52:38 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 60 replies
    Religio Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 2-15-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    My son (a believer) and one of his childhood friends (an atheist and extreme liberal) are taking a philosophy 101 class at the local college here in town and they are debating the Euthyphro Dilemma. There are two audio files in this post that DESTROY the atheists argument in regards to this position, not to mention that this is in fact NOT a dilemma: [QUOTE] ...While Plato was dealing with polytheism and a form of monism, this argument as dealt with herein is response to the challenges presented to theism. However, his use of a third option is what we...
  • Scientists find sunken islands in the Caribbean (Atlantis?)

    05/10/2010 11:31:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies · 1,660+ views ^ | 5-10-10 | Staff
    German scientists announced on Monday they believe they have discovered sunken islands in the Caribbean Ocean following a deep sea expedition in April. During their six weeks in the waters north of Venezuela and west of the Antilles, the experts from the University of Greifswald analysed rock samples from depths of more than 1,000 metres. The “Meteor” crew then used echo sounding to measure the ocean floor, an exercise which revealed significant differences in depth compared to current marine charts. In fact, some of the underwater mountains listed on charts did not exist at all, while other areas thought to...
  • Atlantis Discovered? Archaeologists Reveal Images of Caribbean Civilization (video report)

    12/16/2009 11:04:20 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies · 1,857+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Dec.16, 2009
    Herald de Paris: Guarding the location’s coordinates carefully, the project’s leader, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, says the city could be thousands of years old; possibly even pre-dating the ancient Egyptian pyramids, at Giza.
  • The wave that destroyed Atlantis [Destroyed by a giant tsunami?]

    04/22/2007 5:53:44 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 52 replies · 1,240+ views
    BBC On-Line ^ | Friday, 20 April 2007 | Harvey Lilley
    Last Updated: Friday, 20 April 2007, 08:05 GMT 09:05 UK The wave that destroyed Atlantis By Harvey Lilley BBC Timewatch The legend of Atlantis, the country that disappeared under the sea, may be more than just a myth. Research on the Greek island of Crete suggests Europe's earliest civilisation was destroyed by a giant tsunami. Video reconstruction of the tsunami Until about 3,500 years ago, a spectacular ancient civilisation was flourishing in the Eastern Mediterranean. The ancient Minoans were building palaces, paved streets and sewers, while most Europeans were still living in primitive huts. But around 1500BC the people who...
  • Exploration of the Bimini Underwater Rectangles Yields Stunning Finds (Art Bell history)

    05/16/2009 3:44:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies · 1,918+ views
    Alternate Perceptions Magazine ^ | May 2009 | Dr. Lora Little with Dr. Greg Little
    Greg and I have just returned from our most recent expedition to Bimini in the Bahamas where we were filmed by the History Channel for a show about the search for Atlantis (tentatively scheduled to air in August 2009). They had filmed some footage for the Atlantis show during a trip with us back in January of 2009 while also filming with us for an upcoming Bermuda Triangle show.
  • Previously undiscovered ancient city found on Caribbean sea floor

    12/15/2009 6:55:40 PM PST · by Abathar · 107 replies · 3,947+ views
    Herald de Paris ^ | 12/9/2009 | Jes Alexander
    WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) - EXCLUSIVE - Researchers have revealed the first images from the Caribbean sea floor of what they believe are the archaeological remains of an ancient civilization. Guarding the location’s coordinates carefully, the project’s leader, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, says the city could be thousands of years old; possibly even pre-dating the ancient Egyptian pyramids, at Giza. The site was found using advanced satellite imagery, and is not in any way associated with the alleged site found by Russian explorers near Cuba in 2001, at a depth of 2300 feet. “To be...
  • Santorini Eruption Much larger Than Originally Believed

    08/23/2006 5:58:47 PM PDT · by blam · 109 replies · 3,769+ views
    University Rhode Island ^ | 8-23-2006 | Todd McLeish
    Santorini eruption much larger than originally believed Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892 Santorini eruption much larger than originally believed; likely had significant impact on civilization KINGSTON, R.I. – August 23, 2006 – An international team of scientists has found that the second largest volcanic eruption in human history, the massive Bronze Age eruption of Thera in Greece, was much larger and more widespread than previously believed. During research expeditions in April and June, the scientists from the University of Rhode Island and the Hellenic Center for Marine Research found deposits of volcanic pumice and ash 10 to 80 meters thick...
  • Thera eruption in 1613 BC

    12/03/2008 4:12:12 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 44 replies · 1,503+ views
    ANA ^ | 12/03/2008 | SIMELA PANTZARTZI
    Two olive branches buried by a Minoan-era eruption of the volcano on the island of Thera (modern-day Santorini) have enabled precise radiocarbon dating of the catastrophe to 1613 BC, with an error margin of plus or minus 10 years, according to two researchers who presented conclusions of their previously published research during an event on Tuesday at the Danish Archaeological Institute of Athens. Speaking at an event entitled "The Enigma of Dating the Minoan Eruption - Data from Santorini and Egypt", the study's authors, Dr. Walter Friedrich of the Danish University of Aarhus and Dr. Walter Kutschera of the Austrian...
  • Explorers View 'Lost City' Ruins Under Caribbean

    12/06/2001 9:37:13 PM PST · by spycatcher · 171 replies · 8,759+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 6, 2001 | Andrew Cawthorne
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Explorers using a miniature submarine to probe the sea floor off the coast of Cuba said on Thursday they had confirmed the discovery of stone structures deep below the ocean surface that may have been built by an unknown human civilization thousands of years ago. Researchers with a Canadian exploration company said they filmed over the summer ruins of a possible submerged ``lost city'' off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula on the Caribbean island's western tip. The researchers cautioned that they did not fully understand the nature of their find and planned to return in January for further analysis, ...
  • Google Ocean: Has Atlantis been found off Africa?

    02/10/2011 3:51:02 PM PST · by djf · 60 replies
    A truly spectacular find. This will probably re-write history as we know it. See link for details.
  • What it means to be Awake! Plato's Allegory of the cave.

    01/03/2011 8:16:12 PM PST · by Errant · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3 Jan, 2010 | Kittenkattan
    A short video presentation of Plato's (Socrates') Allegory of the cave.
  • Ptolemy's Geography, America and Columbus: Ancient Greeks and why maybe America was discovered

    09/25/2009 12:32:08 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 22 replies · 1,238+ views ^ | Michael Lahanas
    Ptolemy's Geography, America and Columbus: Ancient Greeks and why maybe America was discovered Michael Lahanas Aristotle: “there is a continuity between the parts about the pillars of Hercules and the parts about India, and that in this way the ocean is one.” [As] for the rest of the distance around the inhabited earth which has not been visited by us up to the present time (because of the fact that the navigators who sailed in opposite directions never met), it is not of very great extent, if we reckon from the parallel distances that have been traversed by us... For...
  • A Noxious 2,400-year old lie, started by Plato, still Cripples us today.

    01/18/2010 4:32:02 PM PST · by El Gringo · 62 replies · 2,016+ views
    Thinkwright Blog ^ | JWThinkwright
    A Noxious 2,400-year old lie, originated by Plato, still cripples us today. And, once more, Karl R. Popper comes to the rescue. Popper has examined, in great detail the writings of Plato. He concludes that Plato, and later thinkers and writers that followed Plato have wreaked havoc in science politics and philosophy down through the centuries. Popper presents the following small table of word definitions. The two columns have opposite definitions .i.e., individualism is the opposite of collectivism. Egotism is the opposite of altruism. Individualism Collectivism egotism altruism To see the whole post:Click here
  • 'Fried Egg' may be impact crater

    12/20/2009 9:37:16 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies · 1,143+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, December 18, 2009 | Jonathan Amos
    Portuguese scientists have found a depression on the Atlantic Ocean floor they think may be an impact crater. The roughly circular, 6km-wide hollow has a broad central dome and has been dubbed the "Fried Egg" because of its distinctive shape. It was detected to the south of the Azores Islands during a survey to map the continental shelf. If the Fried Egg was made by a space impactor, the collision probably took place within the past 17 million years... It lies under 2km of water about 150km from the Azores archipelago. The depressed ring sits roughly 110m below the...
  • Is understanding Plato's "Republic" the key to understanding the left's need to have power? (vanity)

    10/24/2009 12:13:59 PM PDT · by Benjamin Harrison · 49 replies · 1,643+ views
    I was just teaching Plato's "The Republic" in school and a terrifying thought occurred to me
  • Real Tsunami May Have Inspired Legend of Atlantis

    10/10/2009 8:07:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,136+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 09 Oct 2009 | Charles Q. Choi
    The volcanic explosion that obliterated much of the island that might have inspired the legend of Atlantis apparently triggered a tsunami that traveled hundreds of miles to reach as far as present-day Israel, scientists now suggest. The new findings about this past tsunami could shed light on the destructive potential of future disasters, researchers added. The islands that make up the small circular archipelago of Santorini, roughly 120 miles (200 km) southeast of Greece, are what remain of what once was a single island, before one of the largest volcanic eruptions in human antiquity shattered it in the Bronze Age...
  • Obama's 'noble truth' is a lie (Certifigate)

    07/16/2009 10:59:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 24 replies · 1,658+ views
    WND ^ | 7/16/09 | Alan Keyes
    "Could we," I said, "somehow contrive one of those lies that come into being in case of need, of which we were just now speaking, some one noble lie to persuade, in the best case, even the rulers, but if not them, the rest of the city? ... I'll attempt to persuade first the rulers and the soldiers, then the rest of the city, that the rearing and education we gave them were like dreams, they only thought they were undergoing all that was happening to them, while, in truth, at that time, they were under the earth within, being...
  • Palin quoting Cronkite and Plato

    07/10/2009 11:02:10 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 23 replies · 1,345+ views
    Twitter ^ | June 10, 2009 | Sarah Palin
    ...."Most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they're not, by my definition, they can hardly be good newspapermen" W. Cronkite "You learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation" -Plato Sarah Palin on Twitter
  • Obama and the ‘Noble Lie’

    06/29/2009 7:21:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies · 2,515+ views
    NRO ^ | 29 june 09 | Victor Davis Hanson
    For much of the Bush administration, the media splashed stories of neoconservative conspiracies and cabals. Exposés about mostly Jewish liberals-turned-conservatives charged that they were adherents of the philosopher Leo Strauss and embraced the Platonic notion of the “noble lie.” In his Republic, Plato outlined an elaborate, ranked utopia, a good city (“Kallipolis”) run by a sort of benign natural selection. The philosopher-kings sat atop hierarchies in which occupations were assigned for the citizenry. To justify arbitrary selections, the rulers would make up “noble lies” about divine edicts, making clear that the occupations chosen for lesser folk were god-given. Once the...
  • Plato At The Union

    05/30/2009 4:09:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 254+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Tuesday, May 26 2009 | Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
    Plato At The Union Written by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira*    Tuesday, May 26 2009 The mediocre man has some notions about many things. By this, I mean he has vague and fluctuating notions which demand no effort to acquire or preserve. Whenever he wants to express his notions, he thinks he attains utter fulfillment by finding a showy word, or at least one that is not used as part of daily speech. In his milieu, the term "radical" is one of the mediocre man's favorite words. He senses that branding a foe a radical will be harmful to...
  • G20 Summit Protests Pro-New World Order

    03/28/2009 3:24:58 PM PDT · by The Conservative Yogini · 3 replies · 428+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | The Gadfly
    As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” —Gore Vidal, Imperial America, 200 The most striking thing about the so-called G20 protests in London is that they seem to DEMAND the very same agenda of the very same people who are hell bent on creating a New World Order and destroying the freedoms of the people, of the nations. That means that the PROTESTS are...
  • How Democracies Become Tyrannies

    02/16/2009 9:46:22 AM PST · by Tolik · 75 replies · 2,943+ views ^ | February 16, 2009 | Ed Kaitz
    Back in 1959 the philosopher Eric Hoffer had this to say about Americans and America: For those who want to be left alone to realize their capacities and talents this is an ideal country.  That was then. This is now. Flash forward fifty years to the election of Barack Obama and a hard left leaning Democrat Congress. What Americans want today, apparently, is a government that has no intention of leaving any of us alone.  How could Hoffer have been so wrong about America? Why did America change so quickly? Can a free people willingly choose servitude?  Is it possible...
  • Plato

    01/18/2009 3:47:58 PM PST · by Woebama · 40 replies · 1,139+ views
    300 BC | Plato
    "The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears above ground he is a protector. "At first in the early days of his power he is full of smiles and he salutes everyone whom he meets. He to be called a tyrant, who is making promises in public and also in private! Liberating debtors and distributing land to the people and his followers and wanting to be so kind and good to everyone! "But when he has disposed...
  • Election Day: The Day Philosophy Died

    11/04/2008 10:07:15 AM PST · by The Conservative Yogini · 2 replies · 856+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | The Gadfly
    "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...
  • Founder's Quotes - Liberty into Slavery (From Plato's REPUBLIC)

    04/29/2008 10:31:09 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 27 replies · 1,138+ views
    Preface: As I am rereading Plato's "Republic" I marvel at how the knowledge we need is sitting on our bookshelves. I've provided this segment for your reading, so you may read what our Founding Fathers read. And above all, I said, and as the result of all, see how sensitive the citizens become; they chafe impatiently at the least touch of authority and at length, as you know, they cease to care even for the laws, written or unwritten; they will have no one over them. Yes, he said, I know it too well. Such, my friend, I said, is...
  • Thrasymachus to Socrates: From Plato's Republic

    01/30/2008 2:01:16 PM PST · by johniegrad · 35 replies · 739+ views
    Thrasymachus (to Socrates): You think that shepherds and cowherds seek the good of their sheep and cattle, and fatten them and take care of them, looking to something other than their master's good and their own.Moreover, you believe that rulers in cities - true rulers, that is - think about their subjects differently than one does about sheep, and that night and day they think of something besides their own advantage.You are so far from understanding about justice and what's just, about injustice and what's unjust, that you don't realize that justice is really the good of another, the advantage...
  • Edwards Says Trial Lawyers Are Best Suited to Govern America

    12/05/2007 3:03:05 PM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies · 334+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 1 Dec 2007 | John Semmens
    Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards claims that trial lawyers are the true “philosopher kings” that Plato spoke of as the class best suited to rule. “Trial lawyers are the ‘angels of justice’ in America—taking from those who have and delivering to those in need,” Edwards said. Edwards asserted that under his leadership the lowliest of Americans will be raised up to enjoy the lifestyle heretofore reserved to the productive classes. “Those who have worked hard and invested have taken more than their fair share from the common pot of our economy,” Edwards said. “Not everyone is born with such ability...
  • Roller derby: It's baaaaaaack

    11/11/2007 5:35:06 AM PST · by shove_it · 28 replies · 215+ views ^ | Larry Smith
    Roller derby resurgence 2:01 Women across the country are suiting up for some excitement playing roller derby...
  • Plato’s Criticism of Democracy

    04/26/2007 8:15:30 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 17 replies · 18,541+ views
    04/26/2007 | Matt Brazil
    Do not be angry with me for speaking the truth; no man will survive who genuinely opposes you or any other crowd and prevents the occurrence of many unjust and illegal happenings in the city. A man who really fights for justice must lead a private, not a public, life if he is to survive for even a short time. (Apology 31e-32a) These are the words of Socrates, who spoke before the Athenian jury in the trial that would, ultimately, condemn him to his death. Through works such as the Apology and The Republic, we can see Plato’s distaste of...
  • The Metaphysics of Conservatism

    01/14/2006 4:02:45 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 15 replies · 588+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | January 12, 2006 | Edward Feser
    Richard M. Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences, published in 1948, was among the founding documents of contemporary conservatism. The title phrase has become something of a cliché, and overuse has stripped it of the interesting meaning it once had. Nowadays most people assume that what Weaver was saying was that how we think is bound to affect how we act, and that the intellectual trends that prevail in a society will determine its moral and political character. To be sure, that was part of his meaning, but if that were all he had in mind his message would have been a...
  • PLATO VS. DEWEY, Pagans or Apostates?

    01/08/2006 5:48:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 1,182+ views
    NOR ^ | March 2004 | Alice von Hildebrand
    He who aims at changing society -- for good or for evil -- knows that he should gain control over three things: education, the news media, and entertainment. These are the keys that shape a society. My concern is education. Great men have always emphasized its crucial importance. To form young minds is to build the future of a society. There is no nobler task, and education begins at home. The mother is the primary educator of her child, for she will spend more time with her babies than the father can, even though his role is also crucial. To...