Quote of the Day- American Pragmatism

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Fri, 2010-07-16 18:03

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something"
Franklin D Roosevelt, 32nd US President

This is the Logo of American Pragmatism that dominates American and Western civilization for at least last 70 years. This is an example how dominant philosophy, based on the mindless anti-conceptual premises, shapes our life and our society. For the proof see "Attacks on Freedom" thread.

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Who needs democracy?

Marcus's picture

Jonathan Swift was on the case in Gulliver's Travels in 1726:

Part 4, Chapter 6

"There are three methods, by which a man may rise to be chief minister. The first is, by knowing how, with prudence, to dispose of a wife, a daughter, or a sister; the second, by betraying or undermining his predecessor; and the third is, by a furious zeal, in public assemblies, against the corruption's of the court. But a wise prince would rather choose to employ those who practise the last of these methods; because such zealots prove always the most obsequious and subservient to the will and passions of their master. That these ministers, having all employments at their disposal, preserve themselves in power, by bribing the majority of a senate or great council; and at last, by an expedient, called an act of indemnity" (whereof I described the nature to him), "they secure themselves from after-reckonings, and retire from the public laden with the spoils of the nation."

It reminds you of something, doesn't it?

Frediano's picture


It for sure does.

Fascism -- marching behind the fasces of folks bolting up the tribe to the state to march off in 'the' direction with 'the' economy -- is not restricted to a special breed of Europeans in the mid-twentieth century. It is apparently what human beings will tend do in a tribal situation that permits itself to unfetter itself.

30 students enter a classroom to unequally take their education. This is influenced by the fact that most of them are there thinking they are there to get their education, as if it was going to be given to them. If 2 actually take their education, they don't take it from the other 28, even if the other 28 do not take their education. In an irony of Pareto Efficiency, not only do the 28 who do not take their education not suffer that fate because the 2 did, but they actually benefit by living in world where those 2 did and they did not. We can say, they are partially shielded from their own failures to take their education as a consequence of the fact that they will eventually live in a world where 2 did, and their own opportunities to participate in the economies are not limited by their own failure to take their education.

Into that circumstance walks middle-men, politicians, seeking power. Even the densest of the 28 understands in a heartbeat who the politician is going to pander to: the 28, not the 2. A politician is the smartest of the 28, the 1 of them that learned to count above all else.

The political outcome is a given, if pure democracy without a fettering constitution of liberty is permitted to lurch about, unchecked. The result is the nonsense we are reminded of.


Nazis and egaltiarianism

Doug Bandler's picture

The Nazis were a weird mix. They believed in egalitarianism for Germans but they also believed that the Aryan people were superior to other people. That latter is very non-egalitarian. In a way, Nazism is like Islam. Islam believes in a type of egalitarian worldview for Muslims but believes that Dar-Al-Islam is superior to the rest of the world (Dar-Al-Harb).

But many of the Nazi 25 points have been implemented in all Western welfare states. That should give everyone in politics pause but of course it doesn't.


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Here are a few excerpts from the Nazi Party Manifesto (Twenty-five points).

"We demand that the State shall make it its first duty to promote the industry and livelihood of citizens…(point 7). We demand extensive development of provision for old age (point 15). We demand creation and maintenance of a healthy middle class, immediate communalization of department stores, and their lease at cheap rate to small traders (point 16). We demand development of the gifted children of poor parents, whatever their class or occupation, at the expense of the State (point 20). The state must see to raising the standard of health in the nation (point 21). We demand an end to the power of the financial interests (point 11). We demand nationalization of all trusts (point 13). The Nazi party is convinced that our nation can only achieve permanent health from within on the principle: The Common Interest Before Self (point 24).”

Der Nationalsozialismus: Dokumente 1933-1945 ed W. Hofer 1957. Die 25 Punkte des programms der NSDAP. Translation of the points are from Problems in Western Civilization,ed L.F Shaefer et all 1968

It reminds you of something, doesn't it?

Preparing the battlefield.

Frediano's picture

FDR was getting ready to pull a fast one. As in, America tried 'freedom.' Apparently, FDR wanted to try something else. In his view, freedom was failing to deliver the goodies. As in:

Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union[1]:
“ It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”[2] People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

The Obama Admin is attempting to ride the last train out of FDR station. But fortunately, much of America is lining up along the tracks to wave 'bye-bye.'

The West didn't win the Cold War, we caught the Cold. We didn't take all of our anti-biotics in 1994, and Obama is the relapse.

This giant public FAIL may have been exactly what we needed to finally get rid of the disease, and he's obliging us, big time.

"Self-evident economic truths," mind you.


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