This work was done without the knowledge of modern genetics, yet conforms admirably to the implications of science inasmuch as science is based upon materialist assumptions. Bergson avoids materialism as deftly as he evades Idealism, developing an analysis of the nature of life which recognizes the logical basis of philosophy by demonstrating the implications of following through with empiricist assumptions.
Better than Ayn Rand that seems to be a philosophy that is often used to justify the narcissistic and sociopolitical tendency of the powerful to rule the weak.From the Book "Drive" from Daniel H Pink(After our basic survival needs are met these three things helps to complete our character, bob)*Autonomy- the desire to
Mr Hartmann Years ago I listened to an interview with Charles Manson. The only thing I remember is it was my introduction to Haroldo Rivera. He was a bigger Ass then Manson. I cannot recall ever hearing another of his interviews. I hope you are not losing listeners the way he did.
We know from watching Law & Order that the copious indictments against Roni Deutch are made to make her roll over on her clients. This was the case in Indiana with Ernst and Young who advised their clients to transfer funds to off-shore banking institutions for purposes of tax evasion. When the Department of Justice leaned on them they squealed on their customers, who then got into a lot of trouble and penalties.
Or, was Roni a set-up from the beginning- in an undercover game of Good Cop, Bad Cop?
I came across this hilarious farce, "Atlas Shrugged: #2", from "Bob the Angry Flower". Given the recent release of the film "Atlas Shugged", I thought others would enjoy this farce. It reveals the socoipathic mind-set of right-wing Republicans who believe in the Ayn Rand wacky philosophy that the wealth elite are (job) producers, and the nonproducers (working class) are useless parasites. In the current political atmosphere, Republicans in DC would rather shut (burn) down the government if they don't get their way.
Thom, I really like the article you posted today on Tom Shadyac's documentary "I Am" (which I have yet to see). I am therapist living in Portland, Oregon who practices Zen Buddhism and also studies evolution and human behavior.
“I’ve heard about enough of this political pus!” said the one bud from my DL group who showed up for the Tea (Gag) Party Tax Day Rally/Protest last Saturday. I agreed. It wasn’t as much “fun” as last year. We turned and walked away from the small gathering as one of the minor political pustules continued to spew Tea Gag talking points of hateful humor.
Ellen just mentioned that Hilary Clinton, for the first time mentioned the use of cluster bombs in Libya. Wasn't when she was in the Senate the last vote to approve the use of cluster bombs. Or, something to that effect?
Regarding "People as Producers" of wares for Profit:
False premise ---- People are not, and never were meant to be: Cogs... in the Machine.
This silly man (James Hirsen? -- was that who you talked to on Thurs., Thom?) says we need this crazy profit motive to induce people to get off their lazy asses and "produce" MORE and more for the Machine and the "men" at the Top.
Thanks to Thom for going after the Ayn Randroids! As a former TRUE Buckley-Reagan conservative, I remember what happened when WFB published Whittaker Chambers' review of 'The Fountainhead' in which he summed it up as warmed-over Nietzsche & totalitarian hackwork: "A voice sounds throughout its pages, 'To a gas chamber -- go!'" Rand would never speak to Buckley afterward. The old conservatism relied on communal and national traditions; its individualism was a very qualified individualism, not Rand's sociopathic elevation of conscienceless ego.