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Old May 14th, 2018, 06:55 AM   #31
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The twilight of American culture / Morris Berman, c2000, W. W. Norton & Co., 973.92 Berm.

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• Popular culture -- United States.
• Corporations -- United States -- Sociological aspects.
• Mass society.
• Monastic and religious life -- Europe -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
• Education, Humanistic -- United States -- Philosophy.
• United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
• United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-

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• xiv, 205 pages ; index, chapter notes.

On US popular culture. Is it possible to soften the fall of civilization – maybe some variation on monasteries & copying documents as in the Middle Ages?

Well written, very interesting things to say about the state of popular culture & the prospects for the future in the West. Fairly bleak, with insights into possibilities to seed the future for a rising culture.

An excellent book, I recognized that I'd read it before. I read it again anyway, it's a pleasure to read good writing.
The reason I am determined to write a book despite there being plenty of excellent books already on the market, is they all miss the education and social/economic/political connection. None of the authors are aware of the significance of the 1958 National Defence Education Act and this drives me crazy! If we are going to defend our democracy we must do that in the classroom.

For nearly 200 years we transmitted a culture through education, creating a nation ruled by culture not a police state or authority over the people. We stopped doing that in 1958 and that is why our culture is dying. Only when we defend our democracy in the classroom is it defended. Today no one seems to know what culture has to do with how we live together, or what it has to do with our liberty. We don't understand what science has to do good moral judgment and our liberty, nor any of the reasoning for democracy.
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Old May 14th, 2018, 07:00 AM   #32
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why democracy fails
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Because it is equal, fascism dictatorships socialism communism etc .
All are equal because of the commotion of the human being. l
He only thinks first me and always me.

Porque ela ้ igual,ao facismo dictaduras socialismo comunismo etc.
Todos sใo iguais por causa do comudismo do ser humano.
Ele s๓ pensa primeiro eu e sempre eu.
Only ignorant people do not know what the welfare of others (social and economic justice) has to do with them, what the freedom of others has to do with them, what knowledge has to do with good moral judgment and liberty. Unfortunately, education for technology leaves everyone ignorant and now threatens the continuation of the US democracy.
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The reason I am determined to write a book despite there being plenty of excellent books already on the market, is they all miss the education and social/economic/political connection. None of the authors are aware of the significance of the 1958 National Defence Education Act and this drives me crazy! If we are going to defend our democracy we must do that in the classroom.

For nearly 200 years we transmitted a culture through education, creating a nation ruled by culture not a police state or authority over the people. We stopped doing that in 1958 and that is why our culture is dying. Only when we defend our democracy in the classroom is it defended. Today no one seems to know what culture has to do with how we live together, or what it has to do with our liberty. We don't understand what science has to do good moral judgment and our liberty, nor any of the reasoning for democracy.
What exactly did we stop doing in 1958 ?
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Old May 14th, 2018, 02:03 PM   #35
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A guy that has studied law and lectured on law at a university level explained to me the reason for this doctrine of corporations being "a person" is to allow laws to be applicable to corporations without the need to completely duplicate the penal code and tort law changing "person" and its synonyms to "corporations" and its synonyms.

In his opinion, the US SC overapplied that concept. That hasn't happened in Canada.
We can look again at the corruption of the 14th amendment. The SC in its opinion held that a corporation was like that of a freed slave. The Chief justice stated that it didn't need to hear arguments about whether a corporation was a "person" entitled to Equal Protection because, the justices had already agreed that it was. In reality the 14th has nothing to do with corporations but, "opinion" and not "intent", was used to create the outcome the Court wanted. Again, legislating from the bench!
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Well, it is manifestly not a democracy, even if some crazy liberals went and abolished slavery, but 'Plutocracy', surely, is nearer the mark?
I'm sorry, none your statement make sense. We are NOT a democracy. Liberals did not abolish slavery, and your supposed plutocracy failed in the last election.
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One would assume by now that most people would understand that this country is a Republic, not a Democracy.
Clearly demonstrating that you have no idea what those words mean....
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Clearly demonstrating that you have no idea what those words mean....
Republic = A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.

Democracy = The doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group.

In Republic pay particular attention to "body of citizens".
In Democracy pay particular attention to " numerical majority". When is a numerical majority not allowed be binding on the whole group?
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Republic = A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.

Democracy = The doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group.

In Republic pay particular attention to "body of citizens".
In Democracy pay particular attention to " numerical majority". When is a numerical majority not allowed be binding on the whole group?
Now try, "democratic republic."
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