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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 132

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Victor Hugo wrote “war on rhetoric” in 1858. Three decades later, rhetoric was scraped from the curriculum in the public schools in France till mid 20th century. Plato had condemned the oratory techniques of the Sophist philosophers: they were the main teachers of the elite class destined to politics and city administration.

If late Abdullah Saleh of Yemen had agreed to rule in South Yemen (Aden) he would still be alive and the war would have ended with a unified Yemen.

Do you believe Trump will actually move US embassy to Jerusalem? What for? Tel Aviv is Not more convenient among all the other world embassies and far more secure?

As of 2013, Israel had been condemned in 45 resolutions by United Nations Human Rights Council since its creation in 2006—the Council had resolved on almost more resolutions condemning Israel than on the rest of the world combined. Not a single resolution in favor of the Palestinians has been applied.

Uri Avnery: The simple fact is that for 11 months before the preemptive war on Lebanon in 1982, not a single katyusha shot was fired across the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Erwin Chargaff: In the essential of progress we might still be as developed as the Neanderthal. We do not need to have more superior musicians or philosophers in order to claim progress. The history of the world is a catalog of violent acts and accidents, and beauty has no place in that history. Nobody can teach us in the domain of literature and human sciences and we are on our own to conquer these fields.

If you say governments are meant to think for your best interest, then your lazy mind has given up on thinking

Threatening with an empty pistol? An Israeli commentator on the reactions of the Palestinians and “Arab” people on the eventual proclamation of Trump on Jerusalem as Capital of Israel. As if the readiness of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the reconquest of Syria and Iraq in this world war to divide their territories were done with empty pistol.

Religious institutions mastered the fact that people need stories (myths) to be attached to abstract concepts for viability and credibility

Believe whatever you want in religious abstract concepts, just don’t step out your zeal to include civil responsibility and people dignity for survival and life.

Es-ce un avantage qu’avec l’age on prend la vie comme elle vient? Et lui dire merci aussi? C’est dommage que meme avec l’age on n’apprend pas grand chose qui vaille: on le subit.

Il y a des personnes qui revent qu’ils se composent leurs numeros de telephone pour entendre le dring dring pour se reveiller. Moi, je reve de toilettes sales, debordantes et nauseabondes.

Plusieurs d’autres vies existent en nous: n’allez pas chercher ailleurs.

Private multinational aids for development?  To whom charity profit?

Five centuries later, and you realize that nothing changed fundamentally in the relationship between the stronger and weaker nations.  Do you recall the documented horror stories of colonial behaviors?

The religious institutions, Christians or others, sent their scouts of clerics to countries, programmed to be captured and colonized.  The clerics played the role of the benevolent poor people and taught a few indigenes their language and their religion in order to hire potential translators and friends to the invading military armies.

Nothing changed since then.

Currently, benevolent organizations belonging to religious institutions, precede private multinational companies to countries for plundering raw materials.   The clerics prepare the ground and the private multinational, supported by their governments, bribe and pressure politicians for securing ridiculous contract terms in poor developing States.

The private multinationals pollute the environment and the benevolent religious organization build makeshift hospitals and primary schools around local communities affected by the pollution in order to “face-save” the criminal activities of their motherland citizens.  Hospitals that are useless to curing irreversible diseases.

For example, the mining multinational Vedante extracts bauxite (aluminum) in open fields, causing irreversible damages to local ecosystems in central India.  The benevolent religious NGO’s, funded by the multinational company, step in to showing the good side of evil activities.

Another example, Coca-Cola depleted the phreatic nap of potable water in India and then launch a campaign for supplying potable water to primary schools in Kenya!

Public aides from superpower States are no better.

After paying off the personnel and management of their citizens hired to the “development project” and the amounts earmarked to cancelling non recoverable sovereign debts, the effective direct aid to the poor country is almost negligible.

The G8 promised in 2002 to earmark 0.7% of their GNP to developing States; this ratio dropped to 0.2% in effective terms.

Nothing changed in 5 centuries.

How do you expect private multinational enterprises, which are not liable to local communities, to behave in generating quick profits?

All they do is flaunting sustainable standards and requirement for local development.

Part one: Twilight of “Love of Knowledge”

            There is this notion that philosophers are after the “Truth” based on the assumption that they have this urge to go to the tiniest details and exhaustive possibilities of a concept.  I beg to differ. Once a philosopher starts building structures for his line of thinking then it is the system that tows and guides the “Truth”. It takes an insurmountable character of honesty to shake off the inertia erected by a system for a philosopher to restart his independent reflection in search of truth.

            Philosophy from Antiquity to the last century was what is currently called “Ideology of the power to be” of the politico-economic system (the dominant classes of the period). Philosophy was the super-structure or the apologetic social structure of a culture that has been flourishing for decades: philosophy tried to make sense of the mood of the time.

            What is striking is that most philosophical systems refrained to include the economical structure aspect into the equation; at best, the economic structure was indirectly referred to.  For example, slavery was accepted as a qualitative level in human nature: since animals are difficult to communicate with then it is better to leave it as is.  It was if economy was a taboo notion because the class structure could not be altered.

            Every politico-economic dominant class needs a valid interpretation of the statue-quo coupled with a rational for the intelligentsia to take stock of the inevitable status that settled in and come along.  Thus, philosophers’ interpretations always were phased out by several decades of the “has been reality”.

            In periods of alliances between the religious institutions and the monarchy it was required for God to taking center stage: people had to get used to letting God run their destinies. Usually, the philosophical lines of thinking revolved in that guideline; these philosophical trends lasted long because the power was concentrated in the hand of the almighty alliance.  Superstition was king and empirical works led the bold experimenters to the fire to be burned alive as witches.  Knowledge was built around abstract concepts or the realm of religious dogmas. Religious institutions dictated how the universe functioned and detailed the proper mental activities.

            In periods of the rising middle classes (of traders, merchants, and lately the industrial class of entrepreneurs) philosophical systems set man in center stage of the universe. It was important that man regains his place instead of God: The church-monarchy alliance was not to regain political-economic supremacy and control.  Consequently, man was to discover and investigate his “backyard” (earth and universe).  Scientific knowledge, empirical experiments, discovery, and world adventures were the result of opening up new market for exploiting many more people for added values of merchandises.

            Hegel realized the historical interpretation process of philosophical structures as a fundamental aspect of civilization changes; Hegel failed to find the intimate connection with the politico-economic source. The historical dialectic method could make sense of the super structure of “knowledge” development in an a posteriori phase; thus historical dialectics could not forecast the synthesis for the current period since the source of the dialectics (politico-economics) was not within his range of expertise.

            It was Marx who realized the power of historical dialectics when applied to politico-economic realities. It made sense from Marx position to declare that history started when class struggle was identified as the catalyst for change and knowledge development.  It means that if a “hot” culture wants to understand or create a history for its society then it must invest in gathering artifacts and ancient manuscripts that shed light on the class structures through the phases of its history.

Democratic systems are trying hard to diminish civil administration interference with religions in its habit of demanding religious inputs and backing to political activities and programs.  This phenomena is called “separation of religion and civil rules”


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