june 28 sunday. Lots of scatter.
Looking today at Hume on constitutions. Simple point: all societies claim their authority comes either from god or from the people. Not likely. Usurpation and violence always determine who rules, not god nor the people.
Tony Judt, in The World we Have lost, says that we have forgotten how to think politically. All is economics.
Civilization ought to be about increasing wisdom an decrease in violence.
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Graeber talks of violence and the constitution: if the people did it, it was a revolution, hence unlawful. Put authority in a quandary they avoid.
Yanoufarkis with Nash, interview posted to blog
This is really good pro tennis, back and forth. The language of the game. But it is a limited vocabulary. Let see
China is setting up a 20B fund for growth and innovation. How to avoid
money going to finance
I am thinking that Violence may be more important as we regather our humanity and take on the feelings of animals.
Excessive, abusive and obsessive use of modern technologies tends to reduce one’s empathy and make one having less and less direct physical interaction with others. More and more lone rangers?
As the dreams of Silicon Valley fill our world, could the dowdy historian Arnold Toynbee help prevent a nightmare?
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On animal intelligence.
[Are killer whales persons?: The more we learn about orcas, the more our assumption of innate superiority looks like a presumption – Salon.com](http://www.salon.com/2015/06/27/are_killer_whales_persons_the_more_we_learn_about_orcas_the_more_our_assumption_of_innate_superiority_looks_like_a_presumption/
Are killer whales persons?: The more we learn about orcas, the more our assumption of innate superiority looks like a presumption
They have big brains, complex social structures, rich emotional lives — how can we still hold them captive?
Look at Jerry’s Brain for more.
Reading the art of poetry poetry and abstract thought by Paul hoor Reading the art of poetry poetry an abstract thought by Paul valery.
“Consult your own experience; and you will find that we understand each other, and ourselves, only thanks to our rapid passage over words.”
This for use in serious conversations
This for use in human nature.
This for use in new economic thinking
some doug thoughts
Money is provisional. Very important
Human society is a giant garbage, convenience, and must have producing machine. It is so constructed that it has allowed us to reproduce ourselves most of us dependent on the production of that machine for our ability to eat and sleep, to be part of society, the very society that is producing the garbage and using us.
How to square that with Walt whitman?
How about Leo Marx on the machine in the garden?
Each of us lives in a number of different environments and we have a self that is contingent on. Each. Because the environments are different the cells are not quite the same. Who we are at our desk, our bed, or car, the airport terminal, are not the same.
The elementary logic of cutting interest in order to stir the economy but failing to lower or raise when productivity increases as in the in the Keynesian problem of not raising taxes in better times.
Beginnings: From the dictatorship of the colonialists to the tyranny of economics, This is another frame for economics. Italian trade in the 12th century was already a beginning of forced compliance on non europeans.
From David Hume. This is important as said above.
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OF THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT David Hume 1748
As no party, in the present age, can well support itself without a philosophical or speculative system of principles annexed to its political or practical one, we accordingly find, that each of the factions into which this nation is divided has reared up a fabric of the former kind, in order to protect and cover that scheme of actions which it pursues.“The one party, by tracing up government to the Deity, endeavoured to render it so sacred and inviolate, that it must be little less than sacrilege, however, tyrannical it may become, to touch or invade it in the smallest article. The other party, by founding government altogether on the consent of the people, suppose that there is a kind of original contract, by”
The sovereign cannot, properly speaking, be called his vicegerent in any other sense than every power or force, being derived from him, may be said to act by his commission“constable, therefore, no less than a king, acts by a divine commission, and possesses an indefeasible right”
“constable, therefore, no less than a king, acts by a divine commission, and possesses an indefeasible right”
“When we consider how nearly equal all men are in their bodily force, and even in their mental powers and faculties, till cultivated by education”
r“But we trace it plainly in the nature of man, and in the equality, or something approaching equality, which we find in all the individuals of that species. The force, which now prevails, and which is founded on fleets and armies, is plainly political, and derived from authority, the effect of established government. A man’s natural force consists only in the vigour of his limbs, and the firmness of his courage; which could never subject multitudes to the command of one. Nothing but their own consent, and their sense of the advantages resulting from peace and order, could have had that influence.”
“They assert, not only that government in its earliest infancy arose from consent, or rather the voluntary acquiescence of the people; but also that, even at present, when it has attained its full maturity, it rests on no other foundation.”
“Almost all the governments which exist at present, or of which there remains any record in story, have been founded originally, either on usurpation or conquest, or both, without any presence of a fair consent or voluntary subjection of the people.”
“The face of the earth is continually changing, by the increase of small kingdoms into great empires, by the dissolution of great empires into smaller kingdoms, by the planting of colonies, by the migration of tribes. Is there any thing discoverable in all these events but force and violence? Where is the mutual agreement or voluntary association so much talked of?”
“but during the fury of revolutions, conquests, and public convulsions, military force or political craft usually decides the control”
“The prince is watchful and jealous, and must carefully guard against every beginning or appearance of insurrection. Time, by degrees, removes all these difficulties, and accustoms the nation to regard, as their lawful or native princes, that family which at first they considered as usurpers or foreign conquerors.”
Human mastery of nature came at a price: in 1921, Europe’s battlefields were still cooling from the heat of industrial warfare and the blood of millions dead. They whispered the terms of this Faustian bargain to anyone who would listen. In the roaring 1920s, not many people were listening.
Europeans wanted better lives and they were certain that scientific progress would provide them. After the devastation of the Great War, rationalisation ruled from London to Moscow: empirical methods and new technologies were adopted to streamline everything from cityscapes to national populations, intellectual work to household chores. Many administrators and activists believed that there was no problem (material, institutional or social) that couldn’t be engineered away.
The US novelist Ursula K Le Guin put it well in her speech at the National Book Awards in New York last year when she observed that we need ‘the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being’. This is what the humanities are for – not writing better quarterly reports or grabbing a gig in corporate communications – but for posing fundamental questions of value and helping us imagine alternatives to the way we live.
dc. i read that speech, need to revisit.