Truth and Culture is at it again!!!! Such a wonderful piece. Click below for the whole article.
What would make us think that formal logic and persuasive essays would affect those who have denied truth? Yet, this is precisely our method – arming for logical argument, pointing out inconsistencies and fallacies to those who do not care. In our time, ignoring beauty – that is, the creation of art, literature, music, poetry, and other works of the imagination – means giving our world the “silent treatment.”
via 0:55 Culture-Makers or Culture Warriors (Part Two) | Truth & Culture.
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Below are some of the articles that caught my eye today
A review of Jonah Goldbergs The Tyranny of Cliches’ Goldberg’s newest work illustrates why words matter and it’s important to recognize how we use them, particularly in political debates. Goldberg also authored Liberal Facism something that I haven’t read yet. You can check out Jonah’s twitter handle @JonahNRO
John Carson Holloway and his essay on the problem of equality from the Witherspoon institute
Romney’s vision of Conservatism isn’t everybody’s vision - article from the Washington Post
An excellent article by George Will from the Post. Why can’t we treat voters like adults? Why do voters need to vote for somebody that they want to be there best friend?
What the world gets wrong about Libertarianism
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We all remember the great comics Calvin and Hobbes. I remember fondly the hours spent pouring over pages and pages of the adventures of Calvin and his wonderful stuffed Tiger. Calvin Ball, Spaceman Spiff, The Babysitting adventures, and good ol’ exploring! Now that I’m older, I can appreciate the subtle genius behind these strips.
I found a website that outlines 16 things that were said in Calvin and Hobbes that haven’t been said better by anybody else.
Below are a couple of my favorites from the list:
On the unspoken truth behind the education system
Calvin: As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.
On the gaping hole in contemporary art’s soul
Calvin: People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.
On the future
Calvin: Trick or treat!
Adult: Where’s your costume? What are you supposed to be?
Calvin: I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak. Am I scary, or what?
Here is part two as well!
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A great piece on our thoughtless culture, and how the act of thinking and being idle is viewed as a wasted endeavor.
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Here are some articles that I’ve been reading today
Rand Paul and questions on his future in the GOP
Is the answer to our political disillusionment more localized participation?
We are the future, and other libertarian sympathies
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It’s Meme time! You know the time when I shamelessly put funny Meme’s on my blog to try and get you to read the other things I post… Anyways here are some of my favorites from Conspiracy Keanu!
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The purpose of a historical education was to train ‘citizens … to be fitted not for criticism or for authority in matters of memory, but for action’. By ‘citizens’ he seems at this stage to have had in mind only the future leaders in church and state who were studying history at university. But in 1877 he defined the concept of citizenship much more inclusively. Stubbs advocated the serious study of history in the recently expanded elementary school system. If history could be firmly established in the new state schools, it would furnish ‘the next generation of Englishmen with the means of exercising conscientiously, honestly and judicially, the great political power which is now in their hands’. History taught ‘for ordinary practical purposes’ would give the citizen a better understanding of the world and equip him to vote intelligently. Here was the germ of the idea that historical perspective should be made available to citizens.
~ Excerpt taken from Citizen Scholars by John Tosh.
Whenever I tell somebody I studied history in my undergraduate work, I immediately crack a joke about how it means everybody wants me, with a knowing undertone that translates as “we both know nobody wants me.” Why do I do this? Up until the last 5o years or so, History was the life bread of citizenship, the key to understanding the world around you. Why should I try to explain away my decision to study history? I should be proclaiming with pride my love of history to anybody who asks!
People often comment on the state of politics today, “it’s so polarizing, nothing gets done, everybody is so horrible to each other.” I honestly think a lot of these problems would be mitigated if we embraced the study of history. Anther great quote from this article expresses the idea in a profound way; “history [is] the school of statesmanship’” You want an informed group of voters? Encourage them to study history. They will begin to see that their position isn’t so black and white, that history is complicated and it takes more than reading one book by David Barton to understand complex questions. I’m proud of my education, and I’m not going to make excuses for it anymore. I studied history, and I’m a lot better off for it!
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