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Democracy Posts

Alleged Democracy April 18, 2011
Alleged Democracy – Free Verse by Stephen C. Rose. In an alleged democracy where 45 percent pay no taxes at all we are condemned to a slow death unless fairness seeps back into an elevated consciousness
Tremble Iran April 14, 2011
Pro-Democracy Will Win Out In Iran. There is an ontological reality to democracy because it is a universal willed value. It is our commonality writ large in the cosmos. For this reason Iran will fall before its power.
Journalists Abused April 12, 2011
Free journalism is the lifeblood of democracy. Human Rights counsel aimed at the Palestinian Authority should be a template for the protection of all journalists on the front lines of the democratic revolution worldwide.
Supreme Court April 4, 2011
Vulgar Court – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose. In The New Yorker Comment “Money Talks”, Jeffrey Toobin describes the assault on Democracy by our shameful Supreme Court.
Global Triage March 15, 2011
Global Triage. Abba’s Way – Tolerance, Helpfulness, Democracy, Non-Idolatry and Daily Use of The Lord’s Prayer Is The Antidote to Corporate Global Self Slaughter
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Biblical Posts

Inerrancy Perks  April 17, 2011
Inerrancy Perks. The doctrine of Biblical inerrancy saves a lot of thought. It also creates the basis for a religion that will not endure on the planet as minds open to reality.
Elizabeth Taylor and You Thought the Biblical Job Had It Bad – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose. What an amazing woman. Not only does she tread where angels fear to tread. She endures torments that would cause a Job to quail.
Both views see the Gospel of Mark as the primitive mother lode of genuine Christianity. But Peirce clearly case a logician and mathematician before he was a theologian. A century later my journey was Biblical and theological.
Except a Seed November 25, 2010
Lyric to a song based on a key Biblical text. Written in the 70s and recorded on the album Rolled Away.
Gerd Ludemann – Podcast  November 24, 2010
A sort of yes and no to ten points of the radical European Biblical scholar
Biblical Orthodoxy November 14, 2010
Biblical Orthodoxy – Free Verse by Stephen C. Rose
How Beautiful  November 12, 2010
How Beautiful Upon The Mountain – Lyric of an original Biblical song words and music by Stephen C. Rose
Biblical Therapy from The Very Beginning.The first chapters of the Bible detail the origin of the nature of every human being who has lived, now lives and will ever live on this planet.
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The Benevolence Conundrum

To sink into this issue read the followiing from 3 Quarks: THE FOLLOWING

It starts:

Don’t give me anything, one sign says. Gifts are unacceptable and will be disposed of, asserts another. Pay no attention! The signs are held by a homeless woman on the subway, a heavily bundled figure who appears as interested in warding off charity as she is the cold, and the severity of her warnings are such that every vowel snarls at the nearest onlooker.

During my years at the UN in the late 90s and early 00s I was inundated by the issues of benevolence. By the end of my time there, I was tolerably convinced that the world needed to move beyond conventional philanthropy, benevolence and charity to value system based on nonidolatry, helpfulness, democracy and tolerance. Within such a system one would want to look very carefully at current modes of charity and benevolence, and even philanthropy in the widest sense, to see if they in fact serve the very elements of a system of widespread injustice.

I ended up linking capitalism and philanthropy as the twin engines of a system which I called benign genocide. This simply refers to the obvious fact that the current system inexorably does in millions annually, as the likes of Bill Gates painfully realizes.

What would replace benign genocide?

Not a wholesale rejection of capitalism nor of philanthropy, but a withdrawal of the idolatries that turn these ventures into objects of veneration. We need a widespread, indeed universal, skepticism regarding the utility of our systems. We need, in short, an Obama type of “what works” mentality. And an end to fatuous “binary” silliness.

The 3 Quarks piece referenced above is a vignette of a person who is intentionally flaunting the most elementary situation that raises our consciousness about having and not having, the very origins of benign genocide. The answer to the question it poses lies in such notions as linking radical individualism to the articulation of values (or as Nietzsche might suggest re-values) that have universal validity.

Benevolence these days is a conundrum inviting us to the most creative task that human beings can take up. Revaluing values.

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