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Populism is a term that doesn't travel well. Last summer in a conversation, a visiting university professor from Scandinavia called Sarkozy, an anti-immigrant French politician who may replace Chirac, a "populist." I objected, claiming that a Frenchman who took such political positions probably misunderstood a political philosophy invented by immigrants on the American frontier. "Start a trend," I pleaded, "even if this definition of 'populism' has become standard usage in the EU, you should try not to use the term as a catch-all description of political backwardness-out a sense of historical accuracy."

It would be unfair to pick on a Finn describing French politics in English because there IS a certain element in USA that uses the term "populism" in exactly the same way. Joe Klein of Time magazine summed up the elite Washington view in a Slate essay when he described populism as a "witlessly reactionary bundle of prejudices: nativist, protectionist, isolationist, and paranoid."



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Posted: February 13th, 2007
at 5:49pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: politricks,philosophy

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The return of History

historical context as philosophy at popphilosophy.typepad

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Posted: February 6th, 2007
at 10:58pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,philosophy

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"Pssst! Twist One Up with The American Philosopher?"

As a philosopher I now always start with the moral imperative of life. It gives me an even, and irrefutable keel. Such is good philosophy. For those who try and argue against the moral imperative, it is not so much a sucker punch they receive, as it is like getting out of your boat, mid-ocean and watching it drift out of sight as the sun is going down on your bobbing in the wide water or your rationale.

The moral imperative of life is to live a life that detracts not at all from the lives available to those who will follow us into this world.


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Posted: January 23rd, 2007
at 11:00am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: crime,drogas,philosophy

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The Library of Radiant Optimism

We started the library as way to gather, look at, and catalog a groundswell of optimistic and visionary activities in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We had discussions about the similarities between a handful of books we knew of, and the culture of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in Chicago that we have both been active in for over three years. Mess Hall is organized around an \"economy of generosity,? freely sharing information and materials. The books are important precursors to Mess Hall, embracing the grass roots exchange of information and themes of self and community empowerment. These books are written from the counter-culture. Their authors were interested in communicating their direct experience as it related to their experiments for living in harmony with the natural landscape, building sustainable communities, and so on. We were excited to read about practical applications of optimistic ideas for radical change, and to continue putting our own ideas into this tradition.


Let?s Re-make is a collaborative art project by Bonnie Fortune and Brett Bloom.

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Ninja please!? Ultra-Orthodox Jews at Iran’s Holocaust denial conference?

Another example of news we couldn’t have made up if we had tried.

As many of you ninjas know, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been hosting a conference for Holocaust deniers. Many of the attendees are easy to guess, including prominent white supremacists like the US’ own David Duke, and a mix of Islamic fundamentalists. So why are the ultra-orthodox jews pictured above attending such an event? Well, they too seek the destruction of the state of Israel. Some excerpts from the BBC article:
…Rabbi Cohen said there was no doubt about the Holocaust and it would be "a terrible affront to the memory of those who perished to belittle the guilt of the crime in any way".

In its place, Rabbi Cohen said, should be "a regime fully in accordance with the aspirations of the Palestinians when Arab and Jew will be able to live peacefully together as they did for centuries". Neturei Karta believes the very idea of an Israeli state goes against the Jewish religion.

The book of Jewish law or Talmud, they say, teaches that believers may not use human force to create a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah.

[Rabbi Cohen] argued that the genocide had been divine will. "The Zionists, with their secular pompous approach behave in complete opposition to this philosophy and dare to say ‘Never Again’. "They have the audacity to think that they can prevent the Almighty from repeating a Holocaust. This is heresy."

Read it for yourself

via BBC News

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Posted: December 13th, 2006
at 10:14pm by Pheezatron

Categories: not ninja-worthy,politricks,fo' real?,real life news,philosophy

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Sound Trading Philosophy

I’m sure that all seasoned market traders have read the various books out there on trading philosophy. There is a vast amount of intriguing information for our enjoyment and education, from the Elder-esque psycologically founded views to the application of Tsu’s Art of War to the markets. I’d just like to take a moment to share my trading philosophy and to hear what yours is all about, if you will be so kind as to indulge me.

found at stockhideout

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Posted: December 13th, 2006
at 2:35pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,games,business,robots,philosophy

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Becoming Astronauts

There are also parallels between Indian philosophy and contemporary marketing theory, which has shifted away from manipulating consumers to collaborating with them. "Marketing has tended to use the language of conquest," says Kellogg professor Mohanbir S. Sawhney, a Sikh who discusses the relevance of the Bhagavad Gita to business on his Web site. Now the focus is on using customer input to dream up new products, Sawhney says, which "requires a symbiotic relationship with those around us."

karma and capitalism at keepmedia

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Posted: October 27th, 2006
at 9:03am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,business,politricks,philosophy

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