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Entries Tagged as 'Morality'

“The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Morality, Philosophy, Religion, Uncategorized

The loftiest thinkers, idealists, and moralists never had an idea that slavery was evil. In the Old Testament it is accepted without comment exactly as in the records of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Even the prophets of Israel did not utter a word against it, nor, for that matter, did St. Paul. What is strange is [...]

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“Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz

February 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Homosexuality, Morality, Uncategorized

On Morals: “Queensland will not be dragged into the condom culture” “There is no animal, no beast on this earth that resorts to the sort of tactics that these characters [homosexuals] do. And I think that it is disgusting that they offer to give their blood and cause the death of so many people.” “The [...]

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Tags:Child Care·Homosexuality·Joh Bjelke-Petersen·morality··Safe Sex

 “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 25th, 2012 · No Comments · Morality, Uncategorized

John Adams once said that he considered the founding of America part of “A divine plan for the liberation of the slavish part of mankind all over the globe.” This faith did not spring from grandiose schemes of empires abroad. It grew instead from confidence that the example set by our nation – the example [...]

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“The Heart of Darkness” – Joseph Conrad

January 25th, 2012 · No Comments · Morality, Philosophy, Uncategorized

I think the knowledge came to him at last — only at the very last. But the wilderness had found him out early, and had taken on him a terrible vengeance for the fantastic invasion. I think it had whispered to him things about himself which he did not know, things of which he had [...]

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Tags:·Human condition·Human Nature··morality·

“The Heart of Darkness” – Joseph Conrad

January 25th, 2012 · No Comments · Morality, Philosophy, Uncategorized

The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there — there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly, and the men were, — No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it — this suspicion [...]

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Tags:·Human condition·Human Nature··morality·

 “The Blair Years” – Alastair Campbell

January 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Electoralism, Ideology, Morality, Progressive Politics, Uncategorized

It is all about how the party sees them as they strut around the conference, and got fuck all to do with whether we ever actually get the power needed to do anything for the country.

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Means and Ends – “The Trial of Henry Kissinger” – Christopher Hitchens

January 18th, 2012 · No Comments · History, Human Rights, Means and Ends, Morality, Politics, Power, Security Policy, War

If one can demonstrate that there was such a plan (to remove the President of Cypress), and that Kissinger knew about it in advance, then it follows logically and naturally that he was not ostensibly looking for a crisis – as he self-pityingly asks us to believe – but for a solution. The fact that [...]

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Through a Trapdoor at the end of a rope – “The Trial of Henry Kissinger” – Christopher Hitchens

January 17th, 2012 · No Comments · History, Human Rights, Morality, Philosophy, Politics, Security Policy, War, WW2

Some statements are too blunt for everyday, consensual discourse. In national ‘debate’, it is the smoother pebbles that are customarily gathered from the stream, and used as projectiles. They leave less of a scar, even when they hit. Occasionally, however, a single hard-edged remark will inflict a deep and jagged wound, a gash so ugly [...]

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Immigration and Race – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Complexity, Culture, Democracy, Electoralism, Ethnicity, Humanism, Leadership, Morality, Multi-culturalism, Philosophy, Policy, Politics, Sociology, UK Labour, United Kingdom

The politics of grievance can be harsh and it is never easy moderating a group where the sole focus is immigration. But immigration, like crime, like welfare abuse, is not an issue we can avoid; we must deal with it head on. Not just because of the sense of unfairness that people hold but also [...]

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Tags:·Focus Groups·Immigration····Refugees

The Responsibility of Progressives – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 7th, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Electoralism, Ideology, Means and Ends, Morality, Philosophy, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

I believe in the ascendancy of progressive ideas and progressive values. I believe in political parties that serve the people and advance their hopes. And I believe that it is the responsibility of all of us involved in progressive politics to advance our case with the greatest skill and professionalism. The people we seek to [...]

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