Monday, June 13, 2011

From LRC
  • Bill Moyers interviews Andrew Bacevich. From truthout.
  • For those who don’t know, why our money’s not real.
  • The amazing Internet: how it scared us only 17 years ago, laughable naysaying and why would-be tyrants hate it. Anglo-American elites struggle desperately to restrain the damage of the Internet, and the growing awareness that the world’s entire economic and political structure is controlled, to some degree, from the City of London. Really? I would have said New York. BTW one of my pet peeves is in articles and press releases I edit is people trying to sound like they know about computers by writing ‘log onto’ name-the-site. Most sites I go to don’t need passwords to see them.
  • Joe Sobran: During World War II, C.S. Lewis realized that both the Allies and the Axis were abandoning the traditional morality of the Christian West and indeed of all sane civilizations. The great principle of this morality is that certain acts are intrinsically right or wrong. In a gigantic war among gigantic states, Lewis saw that modern science was being used amorally on all sides to dehumanize and annihilate enemies. When peace came, the victorious states would feel released from moral restraints. Lewis cited an old theological question: “It has sometimes been asked whether God commands certain things because they are right, or whether certain things are right because God commands them. With Hooker [Richard Hooker, the Anglican theologian], and against Dr. [Samuel] Johnson, I emphatically embrace the first alternative. The second might lead to the abominable conclusion ... that charity is good only because God arbitrarily commanded it – that He might equally well have commanded us to hate Him and one another and that hatred would then have been right.” It was dangerous to believe that sheer will, even God’s will, can be the ultimate source of right and wrong. From Joshua.
  • No freedom of food.

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