Note, however, that "No problem should ever have to be solvedtwice." does not imply that you have to consider all existingsolutions sacred, or that there is only one right solution to anygiven problem. Often, we learn a lot about the problem that we didn'tknow before by studying the first cut at a solution. It's OK, andoften necessary, to decide that we can do better. What's not OK isartificial technical, legal, or institutional barriers (likeclosed-source code) that prevent a good solution from being re-usedand people to re-invent wheels.
Martin Luther King Jr is such an inspiration to many people. He has changed the world in so many ways. The "I have a Dream Speech" gave many people courage to fight for what they wanted. Because of Martin Luther King, Caucasians and African Americans are now united. This quote really describes what he fought for, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Back before the Civil Rights Movement African Americans weren't allowed to share the same water fountains, or restrooms as the Caucasian. If they did, they could go to jail for it. They would also be put in jail for sitting in the front of the bus, like Rosa Parks did. MLK said "When will you be satisfied? We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality... We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: For Whites Only." He is trying to say that we are all people. We are all equal. We all deserve to be treated the same. He is also saying that not only African Americans should be treated with respect but everybody should be treated with respect.
MLK's teaching is applied today because now people from all races are getting along. All types of people from young children to adults don't care what the color of your skin is. They will be your friend no matter what. Even African Americans and Caucasians are getting married and having children that are mixed. We also all share public bathrooms now, and water fountains. We share schools, books, and compete on teams made up of all nationalities. Now, we have an African American President, President Obama. It is a huge step from African Americans not even being able to vote. We wouldn't be where we are at today if it wasn't for him, unless someone else had the courage like Martin Luther King Jr. to step up to the plate. There can still be more changes in the world. Like King said, "We cannot walk alone. We cannot turn back"
I have criticized one tiny bit of an otherwise amazingly thought provoking essay. Overall, esr seems to be one of the few voices of sanity in the world. Reading his essays is like seeing really bad news on a medical chart. I wish like hell the problems weren’t there, but at least I can work on it now.
Koch shows us that the worst-case scenario was, as it turns out now, the correct one; these ideas, like the “race bomb” rumor, really were instruments deliberately designed to destroy the American way of life. Another index of their success is that most members of the bicoastal elite can no longer speak of “the American way of life” without deprecation, irony, or an automatic and half-conscious genuflection towards the altar of political correctness. In this and other ways, the corrosive effects of Stalin’s meme war have come to utterly pervade our culture.
That seems like a contradiction, but presuming that it’s not, I ask you this. If we are that strong, what do we have to worry about? This nation sounds, on an international scale, like just as big a bunch of religious nuts as the people we claim to be fighting. Even if the only values you want to apply to this situation are pragmatic and maniplulative, that’s remarkably stupid just from a PR standpoint. I’d like to see the US stand up for idealism, but if we can’t do that, we should at least be against stupidity.
Murray is practically the epitome of reasoned discourse, polite restraint and moderation; but that moderation was for the radicalised students, who hit most of the suicidalist agenda, if perhaps somewhat broadly and incoherently because they were puppets not masters:
-tell blatant lies about Murray
-invoke racism (also sexism, homophobia, white nationalism, and all the usual content-free buzzwords)
-blame society, particularly in the form of people-like-Murray
-identify with the poor oppressed as justification for their actions
-engage in mob violence because Murray is somehow “aggressing” against them by coming to speak at a college
-assert that Murray shouldn’t have been allowed to speak in the first place
Freedom to Shop, innit. There’s a passage in de Tocqueville you might like, in volume 2, Chapter VI: What Sort Of Despotism Democratic Nations Have To Fear. Some prescient stuff there, though he’s always in danger of being dismissed as French.
“These people threaten nuclear annihilation, behead bound captives, slaughter women and children indiscriminately, and threaten the same for Christians and Jews.” — These people are a small minority. The vast bulk of Muslims are just like the vast bulk of Christians. Maybe they’re open minded and tolerant, maybe they’re not. But they mostly want to go about their lives and be happy in their particular ways. Politicians want to be well-liked and get re-elected. Shopkeepers want people to shop so they can make money. Workers want to have a decent job at a decent wage and come home and relax. If we were properly building bridges with the politicians ans shopkeepers and workers, we’d have much less of a problem with the minority of terrorists.
If the world stops dreaming big, no progress can be made. I believe that the young, old, and those in the middle can make a big difference in the world, and that their dreams should be respected and pursued. Small steps can have big results just like donating food or helping those in need, and should never be given up on. The key to saving this world from hunger and poverty is to dream big and go after those dreams in any way possible. Recently there have been many young children stepping up by making donations to issues many adults wouldn’t think about. They are setting the example for all to follow. No issue is too hard to overcome, and just like I continued to follow my childhood dreams, all should continue to dream big for the sake of the world.
If you ask me what a culture should be, Native American or otherwise, I say it should be non-normotic or even anti-normotic, the normotic model of course being not only monstrous but unsustainable and due for imminent collapse. So no, I don’t necessarily think they should live exactly as they did in 1491, but I do think they lost (or ) something precious which they may not be able to get back. See, I can talk about what a culture should be like till the cows come home, but it doesn’t look like there’s anything substantive we can do to get the camel out of our collective tent. We simply have to build our social-structures to exist independently of, and resist, the omnipresent top-down hegemonic ones and hope the blowback doesn’t kill us when the collapse comes.