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The God of the Machine - Tranche #4

Posted by mshupe 11 months, 4 weeks ago to History
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Chapter Two, Excerpt 1 of 3
The Power of Ideas

The Phoenicians . . . effected a hook-up of an energy circuit which their political mechanism could not accommodate. As a nation, the Phoenicians disintegrated from the impact of a new idea. The fame of Greece usually identified with art and letters; but the lasting influence of Greece derives from neither. The art of Greece was self-contained and static. Their divinities enjoined no moral order, representing rather the indifferent caprice of nature toward man.

Democracy is pure process, consisting of a series of pragmatical expedients, arrived at by majority vote, the verdict of numbers. It works on the strength of custom and is therefore inoperable except within a small community of a fairly homogenous culture. Democracy inevitably lapses into tyranny. What is everybody’s business is nobody’s business. With the Greeks, the hopeless instability of democracy allowed no security of the individual against the mass nor the nation against external attack.

The Athenians, being open to commerce, for a time took license to think. The Greeks had the idea of science. By discerning the causation of events, an abstraction will move a mountain; nothing can withstand an idea. The Greeks had found the lever. While they philosophized, the mountain moved of itself in an avalanche; Rome overpowered them. Rome had evolved an abstraction, a political concept, which was likewise among the universals. Rome had the idea of law.


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  • Posted by $ katrinam41 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    The avalanche we are experiencing has been in slow motion for so long, just a few noticed and were called conspiracy theorists. Now, as it picks up speed exponentially, some few more are noticing. It will take that avalanche falling completely onto the many with their complacent heads in the sand before they actually understand. At that point, it will be too late. Gone Galt, except for this forum.
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  • Posted by tutor-turtle 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    The Greeks had the ultimate form of Cancel Culture, the casting of an oyster shell to remove someone from civil society. Where the term Ostracizing originated from.
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  • Posted by VetteGuy 11 months, 4 weeks ago
    "With the Greeks, the hopeless instability of democracy allowed no security of the individual against the mass nor the nation against external attack."

    The government/media complex seems determined to accomplish the first part if this statement, and recently the second part as well.
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    • Posted by 11 months, 4 weeks ago
      Yes, and widely ignored. Regardless of political stripe, its nearly impossible for people to wake up to the fact that America's greatest threat is so-called Americans. In media, both sides are hell bent on protecting democracy from the other side.
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      • Posted by CaptainKirk 11 months, 3 weeks ago
        I am so tired of protecting a democracy that doesn't exist. We are a Representative Republic.

        We should maybe protect the Republic... But these morons would interpret that as "you cannot speak ill of Brandon".

        It's all circus now... And the bread has been replaced with Donuts and various forms of Soma.
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  • Posted by j_IR1776wg 11 months, 4 weeks ago
    “…Rome had the idea of law…” might have been better expressed as “Rome had the idea of law applicable to all citizens.” Later in the book she writes that John the Baptist appealed unto Caesar the death sentence imposed by King Herod. That the Romans dutifully transported him to Rome demonstrated that all citizens including government employees were treated as equals before the law and willingly obeyed the laws. A cautionary note for today’s America where prosecution increasingly depends on party association or the color of one’s skin. The opposite of the rule of law is the rule by whim.
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    • Posted by 11 months, 4 weeks ago
      Yes, very good, thanks. Maybe Paterson thought it obvious that the Roman idea of law was the objective one. On another note, this thrice weekly tribute is meant to spread the cautionary tale.
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  • Posted by $ Stormi 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    We do not have a democracy, nor should we, it would be mob rule. Thy want people to believe it is good, but what they rally want is power in the hands of a few rich elites. They long forgot the statement by slve in Nero's plaace, Epictitus, who said politics is the grandes t form of slavery. Thus each politician is answerablmtthe people who elect hm. Today, they feel they are God, meant torule us, even if it takes the IQ of AI to get people to believe it. I agree, the Republic, wich is what is supposed to be what we have, has begun o crumble. Obmama and Soros have putshed it closer to Marxism from the day Obama dredited Alinsky for his power. Stupid peoele who do not do their part of keeping informed and let the careless leaders man the reins, will bring us all down.
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  • Posted by LarryHeart 11 months, 3 weeks ago
    I beg to disagree with that notion that the Romans invented the equality of law for all citizens. That my friend was already known from the 5 books of Moses. That is where the founders looked to build the Republic. That the USA has descended into democracy is a sign that we are nearing the fall of the republic. The root cause of failure is allowing for the accumulation of too much power in too few hands. E.g. Political parties. Power corrupts etc. That should be the first order of business in any government. Control the government not the people. Until I publish the book you can see the contents in blog form for how to fix the country via the mechanism of Constitutional amendment Repeal and Repair. http://www.TheSocietyProject.org
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