Are you a Dickinson or an Adams? Today, we all think we'd be on Adams' side of the debate. However, given the relationship between the colonies and the British crown, and the people who populated the Continental Congress, I don't think the choice is really all that clear cut.
Imagine it this way: you live in a small territory recently purchased and controlled by the United States. You moved there from your home state where you'd lived most of your life, in order to set up a US outpost, and make a new life for yourself.
Gradually, the federal government starts taking arbitrary liberties with your territory. Revoking constitutionally guaranteed rights, on the basis that it's not "really" the US. Ignoring your pleas for redress. Forcing you to quarter US troops in your home against your will, stationed there because of the strategic importance of the territory.
Then, after a brief protest over these rights violations that gets particularly violent, the US cracks down HARD, and kills a bunch of people, including some of your own extended family members.
You send a peace offer to the US, asking again for redress, this time, directly from the President. But he sends back to you a message saying that you're all traitors, and that he's going to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. What would your feeling be, then? What would you do next?
I submit, that John Dickinson was, hands down, one of the bravest, one of the most loyal, and one of the most tragic figure of all of the Revolutionaries. He wanted desperately to remain loyal to his homeland - as any one of us Americans would, now. He held out hope against hope that George would come to his senses. And he lost almost as many friends in the colonies for this stance, as Tom Paine would later lose because of his outspoken atheism.
Watch this, and tell me that Dickinson doesn't at least have a respectable position...
Somehow this didn't get posted yesterday. In this video, I discuss the distinction between moral claims and civic privileges, and consider the implications of these to ideas of rights for civil society.
What are the areas of common understanding? Where are the divergences? What can they learn from each other? This is just a brief overview, mostly raising more questions than it answer. Perhaps this will be the first of many new videos on the topic.
Wherein I riff on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, and I speculate as to the relationship between them and the three primary professions: Poet, Priest, Philosopher
I don't know why I only just realised this, after literally decades of listening, but I think a super-cut of the first measure of every Beethoven symphony would be hilarious. So I made one.
He begins all of them (sometimes multiple movements) with a single orchestra strike or flourish, practically smacking the audience in the face with the home key. The only time he did something different, was the famous fanfare motif at the beginning of the fifth, and the scrambling cacophony of the fourth movement of the 9th. Have a listen, and see for yourself...
I'm thinking something pirate-ish. Similar to Odysseus leaving Cerce's cave with what's left of his crew, and pushing off for one last time...
In this podcast, I will be outlining the theory of Forms, beginning with why Plato might have concocted the theory in the first place, moving next to what exactly the theory is and how it works, and finishing up with an analysis of the criticisms of the Forms offered by Parmenides (primarily), and a few others since.
For all the snide dismissals of Plato's theory, nobody has ever bothered to explain to me why the Forms are no longer taken seriously, or how they’ve been shown to be disreputable. The point of the podcast is to answer for myself those 'why' and 'how' questions. In order to be confident of why I ought to either accept or reject this theory, I need to understand the theory, and to understand it, I need to portray it to myself, as closely as possible as Plato would have portrayed it to himself. Along the way, I hope you find this useful as well.
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The Red-White-Blue overlapping diamond pattern is meant to harken back to the American flag, but the colors have new meanings, made explicit in the flag's central standard.
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