A Thought for the Day
An unwillingness to comport monetary and fiscal origins and realities with the stories that people tell of themselves almost always ends up a manifestation of consciousness that petty bourgeois and other, even more trust-funded sorts, display to protect their privileges and inheritances from discovery, a tendency that in turn ties readily into the individualistic claptrap that one ‘has made his way on his own’ to the big Mercedes and $50,000 wardrobe at age thirty, that one has purchased her acreage and furnished her twelve room ‘cottage’ all by herself before she encountered a fortieth year, all of which in one sense represents mere childishness, a more or less innocent expression of ‘storytelling’ and fancy on the part of otherwise decent, if entitled and perhaps a bit wanton and licentious, individuals who are neither better nor worse than the common herd in terms of how honestly they characterize themselves, but all of which in another sense lies close to the heart of the systematic advancement of certain classes of people while others face suppression and obstacles, or worse, at the hands of the social process and its leaders—a dynamic in any event that anyone who considers herself aware, anyone who considers himself real, will acknowledge and discuss in depth, whenever the opportunity presents itself.
This Day in History
Thirteen centuries and six years ago, expansive Islamic forces began what would be a many-centuries occupation of much of the Iberian Peninsula; four hundred and seventy-eight years before the present pass, in what Colombia, Spanish interlopers reestablished a settlement on what would become Bogota; just over a quarter century later, forty four years after Magellan’s arrival in the region, in 1565, the Spanish Empire established its first outpost in the Philippines at Cebu; one hundred two years later exactly, in 1667, North across the English Channel, a nearly destitute and deathly sick John Milton sells his copyright of Paradise Lost for £10; MORE HERE
Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.Edward Gibbon
Final Destruction Of Paganism.—Introduction Of The Worship Of Saints, And Relics, Among The Christians.
The ruin of Paganism, in the age of Theodosius, is perhaps the only example of the total extirpation of any ancient and popular superstition; and may therefore deserve to be considered as a singular event in the history of the human mind. The Christians, more especially the clergy, had impatiently supported the prudent delays of Constantine, and the equal toleration of the elder Valentinian; nor could they deem their conquest perfect or secure, as long as their adversaries were permitted to exist. The influence which Ambrose and his brethren had acquired over the youth of Gratian, and the piety of Theodosius, was employed to infuse the maxims of persecution into the breasts of their Imperial proselytes. Two specious principles of religious jurisprudence were established, from whence they deduced a direct and rigorous conclusion, against the subjects of the empire who still adhered to the ceremonies of their ancestors: that the magistrate is, in some measure, guilty of the crimes which he neglects to prohibit, or to punish; and, that the idolatrous worship of fabulous deities, and real daemons, is the most abominable crime against the supreme majesty of the Creator. The laws of Moses, and the examples of Jewish history, 1 were hastily, perhaps erroneously, applied, by the clergy, to the mild and universal reign of Christianity. The zeal of the emperors was excited to vindicate their own honor, and that of the Deity: and the temples of the Roman world were subverted, about sixty years after the conversion of Constantine. … MORE HERE
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A heartfelt appeal from a longstanding powerful advocate for humanity: “In my last reflection, I said “I’ll listen.” Now I want to address its counterpoint: “When I become aware of injustice, I’ll speak out.” I cannot witness people suffering because of injustice and simply remain quiet. This is a lifetime learning curve.
I’m now (hopefully) writing the last chapter of my spiritual memoir, River of Fire, in which I tell about waking up to racial injustice and my own white privilege in New Orleans. Then my stumbling into the Big One, the very big human rights abuse in my home state of Louisiana – state executions of criminals. It’s the story of Dead Man Walking, in which for the first time ever I raised my voice publicly and entered into listening and speaking with the public on a moral issue.”
A Lit Hub look at the history of robots appearing in literature, from science fiction and beyond: “Isaac Asimov, one of the world’s greatest science fiction writers, died 25 years ago today. I likely don’t have to tell you this, but one of Asimov’s most enduring legacies is his creation of the Three Laws of Robotics—not to mention his host of attendant robot-related literature. So, to honor the anniversary of his death, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the greatest robots in literature.”
A Serendipity posting of the foreword of a seminal book on media studies, which should definitely be studied nowadays: “But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.”
A Naked Capitalism look at how charter schools defraud taxpayers through real estate deals: ” Related-party transactions occur when you have two entities that have a pre-existing relationship. For example, if two entities have common management, or in the charter sector context, you could have an EMO [Educational Management Organization] that also has a real estate arm, which then leases property back to the charter school at a greatly inflated rate. In the case of Academica, which is the management company that runs the school Secretary DeVos visited, it’s “all of the above.” You see different entities sharing the same board of directors, conflicts of interest and questionable real estate dealings, including charter schools paying rents that are well above the market rate to companies that Academica owns.”
A New Geography look at Universal Basic Income as a possible strategy to prevent technological displacement without upsetting the social balance: “Technology leaders understand that their work contributes to displacement and inequality. In “The Disruptors: Silicon Valley Elites’ Vision of the Future,” Greg Ferenstein reports on a survey of tech leaders. He found that most agreed with Paul Graham, the highly influential web leader, that it is the “job of tech to create inequality…You can’t prevent great variations in wealth without preventing people from getting rich, and you can’t do that without preventing them from starting startups.” This view reflects the self-interests of the industry, of course, but it also suggests deep-seated beliefs in technological determinism and the benefits of creative destruction.”