Starbucks Closing Stores

Posted by Johnny0634cashg 4 months, 2 weeks ago to Business
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Due to crime and violence,

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  • Posted by $ DriveTrain 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    This is kinda like "McDonalds Closing Stores," and yeah, without more info it's hard to determine whether this is really about a.) "crime and violence," b.) Starbucks' overt collectivist propagandizing, or c.) [drum roll please] Biden's, the Democrat-Socialists' and the Fed's vandalism-by-inflation-via-oil-production-shutdown crime. But it's still a good place for people sensible enough to keep Wi-Fi out of their homes to take the Kindle for them book downloads.

    And on a philosophical note, if it is crime and violence: In context of everything else that's happening politically and culturally, if you have not yet read philosopher Leonard Peikoff's landmark 1982 work "Ominous Parallels," you really need to... well, slap on that Kevlar, get down to a Starbucks and download that sucker. And then rattle the cages of every single one of your elected officious.

    Because everything we are seeing right now in America has an historical precedent: late-Weimar Germany. Which is profoundly depressing but important to know, all the way back to Plato.

    [Side note: I"m thinking that if Plato were able to get into a time machine or a Dumbledore pensieve and have a glimpse of what his philosophy would ultimately do to the world up through the 20th century and into the first quarter of the 21st, he'd commit suicide without hesitation.]
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    • Posted by Aeronca 4 months, 2 weeks ago
      What did Plato's philosophy do, it sounds like not what he intended?
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      • Posted by $ DriveTrain 4 months, 2 weeks ago
        It's far too involved to go into in a forum post (and I don't care to attempt re-inventing Peikoff's wheel,) but I highly recommend Peikoff's book "The Ominous Parallels" for an excellent, detailed exposition. Though it has a poorly-chosen title that sounds alarmist and theatrical rather than scholarly, the book itself is a masterpiece of scholarship - which traces the roots of Nazism from Plato's ideas to those of a number of intermediary thinkers (many of them Platonists as well,) up through the ideologues of the Nazi regime itself.

        Basically Plato argued for a Metaphysics which claimed that reality was not real (Peikoff called Auschwitz the perfect realization of Platonism,) which claim is essential to a.) the practice of unthinkable policies and b.) the brutal suppression of anyone who dares point out the fact that they are unthinkable, or talk about things like the emperor's lack of clothing. And Plato argued for a Politics that was explicitly collectivistic and authoritarian - a fact in no way lost on the 19th, 20th (and 21st) century acolytes of communism, fascism and the rest of the collectivist cornucopia.
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