Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Life Divine as antidote to intellectual logjam

[Get rid of our The State. Say "NO" to socialism; say "NO" to democracy too. Let us live in a "natural order" of Private Property, Private Money and Private Law. Let us run our cities and towns ourselves, without "politics."  We can hire a team of "city managers" to run cities under an elected Mayor - so we do not create a bureaucracy.  …
Politics in India is all about centralized, hierarchical political parties - and these are more like criminal organizations who conduct all their affairs in secret. We are fortunate in India that we have a lot of "free politics" - in journalism, among NGOs and so on. Our bane is the centralized political party - which is almost always a criminal gang. Politics - India's Bane from ANTIDOTE by Sauvik]

[Party politics is the most meritocratic profession of all in democracies. The partyless wonders Shekhar Gupta indian express: Saturday, May 02, 2009]

[One mystery of the first decade of the 21st century is the decline of democracy. … Democracies seemed blocked, as in Belgium, or corrupted, as in Israel, or parodies, as in Italy, or paralyzed, as in the Netherlands. … And democracy is still an idea worth the fight. Op-Ed Columnist - Democracy Still Matters - By ROGER COHEN, LONDON — September 20, 2010]

[Here is an egg — the thesis; we then break the egg — this is the negation or antithesis, and make an omelet — the synthesis ... The use of philosophy - Page 207 - Hans Peter Rickman - 1973 - 220 pages - Preview]

[But the confrontation between capitalism and socialism in the last century was only the most recent in a long series of historical battles between the forces of freedom and individualism on the one hand; and the forces of tyranny and collectivism on the other. We are in the middle of a battle in that long war right now in the U.S. RATIONALIZING SOCIALISM'S FAILURE from Dr. Sanity]

[I agree with Talal Asad when he suggests that we should be studying the varieties of secularism. We must remind ourselves that the Western path to secularism is not the only path, and that other historical experiences may give rise to different sorts of secularism. China’s case is distinct from the Western path to secularism in three ways. First, there is a long premodern tradition of secular agnosticism in Confucian thought. Second, modern Chinese secularism was propelled by the colonial situation, a threat to nationhood posed by both Western and Japanese imperialisms. Third, there was Marxist discourse and the Soviet influence. The future of China’s past: an interview with Mayfair Yang from The Immanent Frame by Mayfair Yang]

Neat critiques of socio-political phenomena are suspect because the target of their attack is also part of the whole scenario contributing to the current outcome. No theory, for that reason, has the Archimedean advantage and hence indebted to its opposition as well as the overall milieu. Very few works are a combination of a thoroughgoing ontological system with an earnest socio-political vision like The Life Divine. Savitri Era Religion, therefore, has the potential to stir the imagination of the whole humanity that seems to be caught up in an intellectual logjam at present. [TNM]    

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