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The pathologization of identity.createss a problem for Liberals.

There are various strongly felt social identities of an indigenous population say in the Europe and the US. against this there are equally strongly felt desire of communities of immigrants, colour, in the US to conserve their racial and ethnic identities. The desire of those communities to conserve their identities presents a challenge to those liberals who want to shift the national discussion to unity and the common good. Liberals should not eschew discussion around this dilemma,

The Pedagogies of Crossing that Senate floor.






  1. We have a presumed separeteness claim the bovine who have never delved into consciousness.
    Your consciousness is not mine etc.


    Let us assume in the current velvet glove war (there is a knive in that glove) between
    Democrats and Republicans.  Can one conceive of either of them crossing the floor
    to aid the annulment of what is presently and growing into a civil war.


    What then are the
    Pedagogies of Crossing the Senate floor, what  restrains them, is it an ideology, a culture
    their voters, their belief they hold the moral upper hand, the belief they are enacting the good, the belief they are right, and the belief they are unbiased. All these pedagogueries  can be deconstructed to demonstrate these politicians are just passive pawns in the vagaries of time. 

How Plato set us back 2000 years.

 Plato's Republic is an extended investigation of the nature of justice, in the course of which Socrates and his friends envision an ideal society that strictly censors and controls art forms such as drama, music, painting, and sculpture.


According to Plato’s metaphysics, the abstract world of the Forms possesses a greater degree of reality than the physical world with its changing, unstable events and objects. Hence the more direct the apprehension of Forms, the closer a human mind can approach Truth
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Why have there been no great women artists?

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I have just returned from Florence,Image result for florence duomo


what a fantastic city, the architecture leaves one with
a sustained feeling you have just returned to the 16th Century.  Art abounds, but one is left with a question, why so few women artists.






It was the fine art tradition of painting that art historian Linda Nochlin had in mind in 1971 when she asked her famous question, “Why have there been no great women artists?"


Examination of the ancient roots of philosophy of art reveals a gendered value structure that persists to this day.
 Like most of the terms that refer to major conceptual anchors of the western intellectual tradition, its origins may be traced to classical antiquity.


Art as mimetic
Art's aim has been since antiquity to reproduce the look of an object or that express an idea in narrative or drama. Sculpture imitates the human form, for instance; music imitates sounds of nature and voices or—more abstractly—human emotions. Drama and epic poetry imitate lived events. That art’s nature is to be mimetic was widely assumed for centuries, and most commentators, including Aristotle, extolled the ability of the mimetic artist to capture with beauty and skill some truth about life and the world. The Roman historian Pliny the Elder recorded the acclaim for painters who were able to render their subjects in line and colour so accurately that they were indistinguishable from their appearance in nature.

Aesthetics, art and gender

Those who work in aesthetics inquire into the ways that gender influences the formation of ideas about art, artists, and aesthetic value.


 Your subjectivity is not alone - you have cultural imprint
Perspectives in aesthetics are also attuned to the cultural influences that exert power over subjectivity: the ways that art both reflects and perpetuates the social formation of gender, sexuality, and identity, and the extent to which all of those features are framed by factors such as race, national origin, social position, and historical situation.

The curriculum in American schools, diversity and oppression

It is self-evident that  America's cultural base has been modified, enriched, and reconstituted by transfusions from other continents and civilizations?


If this were not the case one would have an enforced cultural heritage that is not representative of a diverse society is and that would be a form of oppression.


So as well as Linda Brent Jacobs, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and Ishmael Reed as well as the study of the Constitution and its amendments as well as the literary canon: Emerson, Jefferson, Melville, Whitman, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Lincoln, Twain, Dickinson, William and Henry James, Henry Adams, Holmes, Dreiser, Faulkner, O'Neil.


But bright student whether these books are set or not would seek out diverse opinion, why?
because they 'know' this is enlarging their references and broadening their thinking. And bright students (the ones I have met) would dismiss hegemonic slurs about the canon
and would argue that such authors of the canon are not apologists for the privileged and the powerful or agents of UK/American imperialismand suggests that it is time to adjourn the trivialising chat about hegemony


Continuing attack on the historical and literary canons will lead to increasing racial hostility, a loss of common values, and national disintegration. |One wonders when the obsession with difference begin to threaten the idea of an overarching American nationality.





Trump the triage to ailing America

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OK he is no Florence Nightingale dispensing care to the ailing and the sick, however he is a kind of
triage ((in medical use the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of large numbers of patients or casualties).

Currently Trunp is triaging middle America  the rust belt, wheras the coastal elite don't need tending to as they are lading it in private Hospitals, so to speak.





Undeniably  there is a prevailing state where both sides call the other sick, (wheras I call the left quite mad and frightening in their moral certainties)

The resolution in such an argument is to deconstruct how the oh so moral and sactimonious left
and the virulent right have arrived at their views - I mean lift the paving slabs uncover the  stones and see what lies underneath




What is required of all in the USA especially immigrants/economic refugees is
a common identity open to anyone willing to assimilate

The disunited 'United' States

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We must be careful what we say here for in the UK as I write this 'thought' police is not a reference to an Orwell novel but something that is now enshrined in UK Law...thank you David Cameron et al and other left leaning lunacies, that now seem so prevalent in the 'United' States.


A leftest defence might be  that the deplorables by blaming all of its problems on the immigrant , the political and cultural leadership are able to present the United States as a veritable utopia but for 'that problem'.   The problem with Utopias as a singular notion is that there is a multitude of Utopias
Foucault gave them a name 'Hetreotopia'

The United States has always been touted as a  place where any goal is possible, for the 'strong-hearted' and 'the brave,' and other cheer leading myths

Many see  through the "race-blind" rhetoric that would blame the 'migrant' for their condition and suggests that white America simply acknowledge the political usefulness of having a scapegoat.
However it is healthier to call out what the refugees is and in the vast majority it is 'ecomonic migrant' and young working age men to boot.

And is there a crisis mentality on the 'right' given the relative powerlessness, just wait, of the immigrant our deplorables seem to fear..

Daphne Patai suggests that this kind of response to marginalized voices (immigrants) is due to a phenomenon she calls surplus visibility. When people who have been traditionally silent suddenly speak up, our sense of their presence is exaggerated, recall an articulate Afghanistani interpreter airing his resentments at being barred entry to the US,
. "When 'one of them' is visible, 'all of them' are seen to be taking over."


America struggles to balance itself between a desire for unity which, without opposition, threatens to become a totalitarian orthodoxy and a valuing of differences which, without unifying belief, may lapse into anarchy. The future is never secure.


Many people welcome the invigorating influence of diversity. Others see it as a threat to the common bonds found in America's European heritage

The consequences of holding a holier than thou 'moral' position

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Let's suppose the one is a demonstrator in the US, You are demonstrating against what you believe
is bad/immoral/wrong - the Trump administration.

You get your chance to debate it on say Tucker Carlson

T So why are you doing this?

I an doing it because it will bring about a better state of affairs

So you morally assessed your actions solely by the states of affairs they would bring about and you would call that the 'good; is that correct?

Whatever choices increase the Good, is for the good,


T Where did you get your notion of the good from?


What

T And what you perceive to be the  good make it right?


What

T And does the good preceed the right?  And where exactly did you get your certainty from?

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Are 'morals' facts. theories or just opnions?


Image result for moral lensesAre morals internal (psychological) or external (metaphysical)




If they internal they must arise out of the socio/politico/economic environment we live in. if so, we are passive pawns for we cannot live outside our time and culture, every 'man' is a victim of his/her time.


 As to the possible grounding of morality, questions include: how are moral judgments related to psychological motivation? when, if at all, do they constitute knowledge? if we wish to be uber epistemological we find that compassion is clearly evident
in the animal kingdom (Elephants grieving Dolphins emitting warnings etc). Therefore to be humane you do not have to be human.


If they are external (metaphysical) swirling out there in the ether, ie Kant's categorical imperative, then we are equally passive for they are 'given'. I mean are there ethical external facts (e.g. facts about what we morally ought to do), independent of mental attitudes and social norms?  Clearly there are not 'facts' in this case.


If the status of ethics is not grounded in facts external to human psychology, how might we best understand ethical truth claims?


If we  takes moral talk and thought at face value, we might contend that all moral judgments are,by their nature are not facts but theories/opinions and in that if facts are a yardstick, morals are false and no more than theories or opinions.



The UK's medieval House of 'Lords'.


What is so refreshing about Trump that he is not a career politician, surely their (career politicians) day has come and gone, look at the UK and the advocates for the EU, 'Lord' Mandelson .'\Lord' Kinnock, one's shudders in outrage at the thought of them and don't you
just spit in rage at the UKs medieval Honours System...all that ermine....woops.


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The sinister Lebensraum philosophy of the EU

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We will have more and more countries join us, the EU, we must expand to the East, to Russian borders, Lebensraum (German for expansion) we must have Lebensraum and to do this we must have our own army.  This is the thinking of  EU (unelected and vastly overpaid) bureaucrats



The' Russian Bear' a required ogre for the Democrats.

Image result for the Russian bear goadedThe Democrats in the US need an ogre, something that they can depict as evil, something bad
that they are opposing so as they can depict themselves as doing 'good' (their notion of the 'good')
Yet the Russians too have their notion of the 'good' and what is 'right' for its citizens.


Surely it is inadvisable to prod the Russian bear too much especially when your notion of the 'good'
is monetary benefit.


Note: this writer has stood in the bitter cold of a Leningrad Cemetery and was caused to reflect on
how Russian lost million and millions of their people in the last world war.







You don't have to be 'human' to be humane.

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The short term and long term consequences of the 'good' act

There are consequences to the 'good' act, both short term and long term.
The 'good' act can be instinctive, humane would be the claim, yet as witnessed in animal behaviour (Elephants grieving) you do not have to be human to be humane.


 Consequentialists hold that choices—acts and/or intentions—are to be morally assessed solely by the states of affairs they bring about.


However these affairs brought about have short term, the immigrant child given refuge, and long term other hard working people paying for the acts of others.  The question being, why should your act with its immediate 'moral/compassionate' act supersede mine, ie I must pay for your act with my taxes,


Consequentialists. drawn by their moral imperative thus must specify initially the states of affairs that are intrinsically valuable—often called, collectively, “the Good.” They then are in a position to assert that whatever choices increase the Good, that is, bring about more of it, are the choices that it is morally right to make and to execute.


Yet the 'good' must undego epistemic rigour, what is it, how did it come about, what interested parties
or dominant classes undergirds the notion of  the 'good'. For the good is not agent neutral, nor is its
sister, the 'moral' view.
Is the loaf of bread 'good' if the child is hungry? yes, but the loaf of bread is not agent neutral
its price is  undergirded by economic political and social factors. Are these factors good and what are the long and short term consequences.












Liberals you should have known - you were warned


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'Something will crack', Richard Rorty warned in 1998.


He went on, '....the nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking round for a strong  man to vote for - someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected
the smug bureauocrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen and post modern Professors will no longer be calling the shots.'

The illusory nature of your subjectivity

Image result for homunculusThe strength of the epistemic subject break through the illusory of constituted subjectivity.


The epistemic subject is constituted by Society (politics/economics/social/religious/cultural)
otherwise it would not exist.


These social functions are agitative and tendentious.


What we encounter are the day to day dialectics are these exchanges are the consciousness of
non identity.  To think is to identify.


This might serve to give us a modicum of anthropological intuition, which might lead to
intellectual antiquation or societal naivete
or it might lead us to conceptualise the non-conceptual as the founder of Quantum Mechanics did.

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Where idiocy triumphs


Idiocy triumphs in attitudinal unreason, where thought decapitates itself.


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The benefit of being contradicted

When you are contradicted you enter into a transformative horizon.Image result for horizon


 


Take note those of a leftist bent don't fall back on your stock response - the  Touretttes Syndrome of name calling

What is 'good' and what is 'right'

Our action are dictated by what is a commonly held view of what is 'good'. But this notion of what is
'good' is constituted by social/economic/political variances and of course interested parties.


So if we contrast what is deemed to be 'good' against what is deemed to be 'right' we may be stalled in our actions.


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The brakes fail on a runaway train, if it is not diverted it will kill all on board, if the train driver manages to divert it to a siding it will save all on board but kill the one person working in the siding
In this example what is the 'good' action and what is the 'right' action?


Image result for surgeon operatingA well-worn example of this over-permissiveness of consequentialism is that of a case standardly called, Transplant. A surgeon has five patients dying of organ failure and one healthy patient whose organs can save the five. In the right circumstances, surgeon will be permitted (and indeed required) by consequentialism to kill the healthy patient to obtain his organs, assuming there are no relevant consequences other than the saving of the five and the death of the one.




Likewise, consequentialism will permit (in a case that we shall call, Fat Man) that a fat man
Image result for fat manbe pushed in front of a runaway trolley if his being crushed by the trolley will halt its advance towards five workers trapped on the track.