Daily Archives: February 26, 2012

Voltaire (1694-1778) on Atrocities

Why is it that the current political climate in at least one major US party makes me think of these lines from Voltaire: ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities’ Francis-Marie Arouet aka Voltaire. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltaire

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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) on the Causes of Conflict

I have come to think that it is time Thomas Hobbes is retrieved from conservatism and made more generally available as the first philosopher whose main aim was the preservation of peace. I found this interesting: ‘So that in the … Continue reading

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US Auto Bailout: Mitt Romney (and the Rest of the GOP): Let Detroit Go Bankrupt!

Nowhere are Mitt Romney or any of the other Republican candidates further for reality than in their opposition to the 2008/9 bailout of the US Auto Industry. I worked in that industry for 32 years (and yes had a stake … Continue reading

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Declining Honesty in Britain

One of the major factors in reducing societal conflict is trust and this is closely connected to societal standards of honesty. Globally, we know that societies where trust has broken down, especially trust between ethnic or religious groups, are much … Continue reading

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