July 30, 2014

Three articles on the economic meltdown in Greece

One article is even from the Huffington Post, which (almost) invariably confuses moral posturing with clear thinking. Send money to Greece? Have you lost your marbles? Sidney Morning Herald Cleaning up Greece's Augean Stable Huffington Post. Note the fourth to last paragraph about potential cooperation between Russia and Greece. Man who broke the Bank of England, George Soros, 'at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro' London Daily Mail. BTW, did you know more Americans read the online versions of English newspapers than the English? … [Read more...]

Response to the Patriarchal Address

While the Patriarchal address has much to commend it, the leveling of ideas it exhibits is troubling. The essay below was originally written as a comment, but I posting it here for comment and analysis. Frankly, the ideas in this speech are muddled. It sounds like it an American wrote it who has only a cursory understanding of the history of ideas. For instance, while the examples citing Ghandi and King are true, it is overlooked that the reason for Ghandi's success was that the English, despite their empire building in India, still responded to Ghandi's appeals that were shaped by and heard through the Christian moral tradition. The same holds true for King. He was successful because by drawing on the morality of the Christian tradition, particularly the inherent value of the individual, he awakened the conscience of nation shaped by that tradition. Ghandi's and King's success however does not translate into a universal appeal for non-violence, simply because non-violence … [Read more...]