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Democrats afflicted by Tourette's Syndrome on Russian collusion

Symptons:  Motor tics:  Eye rolling, deep sighing, shoulder shrugging, adjusting glasses and bouffant hair ('Morning Joe') frothing in anger when faced with a counter argument, a pathological adherence to 'facts' that don't exist, dissolving in opportunist crocodile tears (Schumer) when there are cameras around, unbalanced comparsion (Schiff make that ''Shifty') Clinton and her Ukraine  Russian escapades is like writing a false cheque wheras Trump's crime is homicide.

God save us from this partisan madness


(I do not wish to demean people who may have such an affliction, however if such an analogy
brings attention to the left's ongoing madness, it is worth the liberty)

The Liberal account of moral rationality


The left's account of moral rationalityImage result for michelle obama



'We go high when you go low'   But 'high' and 'low' are just utilitarian linguistic terns

in space there is no high and there is no low, because it is infinity out there

so how can there be 'high; or 'low'

the Left and their imaginative reconstruction of dilemmas

They vice their paranoia of Russian claiming coherence as they do wo what ensues is their , imaginative reconstruction of dilemmas, resulitng in epistemic crisis for them.

Truth and morality reside on a narrow ledge

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What is truth? What is moral what is ethical ? are as brief as questions can be, but in attempting to answer them, one realizes that they float on a narrow ledge beyond which run treacherous waters full of deep-rooted and tangled weeds.

In the light of this how can we halt the regress of questioning; i.e
What ought I to desire? 
What ought I to desire to desire? . . . 
What ought we to agree to? What ought we to agree to agree to


How can ethical reasoning have been narrowed to such abstract and limited ideas? MacIntyre draws on Marx to explain how social arrangements and relations of power and dependency gave rise to various interests that were served through managing behavior by promulgating certain kinds of responsibilities and rights. 

The aggregation of these diverse forms of obligation makes up “Morality.” 

Philosophers who define and defend “Morality” have failed to see that they too are subject to various social and economic constraints and incentives, and in their thinking they have tended, generally unwittingly, to voice as deliverances of reason what in fact are the behavioral requirements for the successful functioning of social and economic institutions

How and when Liberal society will disintegrate

There has been a vast increase in computer intelligence in recent decades but, Harari says, none at all in computer consciousness. There are now huge disparities in the practical and cash values of different sorts of mental capacity. So far as political economy is concerned, ‘intelligence is mandatory but consciousness is optional.’ Human beings will cease to be agents, their authority taken over by algorithms – written at first by human beings but ultimately by algorithm-writing machines. Confronted with the new ‘post-humanist’ technologies, liberal society will disintegrate. We will no longer be able to sustain belief in the unique, free-acting, free-judging individual as the basis of liberal social order: ‘We – or our heirs – will probably require a brand-new package of religious beliefs and political institutions.’

So what can we extrapolate from this?

Morality and associated right/wrong, ethical et al are dependent on tradition, custom, culture they are not eternals 
they have their foundations and underpinnings and they are opinions rather than facts

Today's machines are much more than just 'machines'.

Image result for human robotsLiving creatures are more than machines, surely?

However today's  machines are much  more than just machinesImage result for human robots

When you consider the difference between a human being and a machine, you start with some idea about what it is to be a human being and what it is to be a machine. Some people now celebrate the technological advances that can make it hard to tell the difference; others view that difficulty with anxiety. They are concerned when machines do what we want to do; and they have species-self-doubt when machines do things that once defined what it was to be uniquely human. The worst worry is that the machines will refuse our orders, that they may acquire a will of their own and want free agency.
Can't wait.

Does a cat wonder what it is like to be a human being?

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Montaigne contended that some beasts had both these capacities, and even perhaps reflective consciousness. He wondered what it was like to be a cat, but he also wondered what it was like for a cat to wonder what it was like to be a human being.) 

Descarte's dog was called 'Mr Scratch'



Descartes  had a pet dog, named Monsieur Grat (Mr Scratch). The philosopher greatly valued the dog’s company on walks; he evidently treated him with affection and, some say, he even talked with him. But that is the the sort of thing people do, whenever their metaphysical position on agency and sentience, is put to the test.

Russian ghosts are upon us

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Yes Chekhov, Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy and for all those unserious Hollywood types Stanislavsky
is with them and so is the film maker, Tarkovsky  - with accompanying music by Rimski Korsakov, or is that Boridon or is that Tchaikovsky - what is America to do?

Batman! Yes, call in Batman and if Superman is around why not he as well.

Make America great again.

The left have bewitchted themselves in to what they believe to be a civilising mission


Sugar - the fake food, our biggest dietary change in fifty million years’

 Sugar is now more dangerous than gunpowder!


Refined carbohydrates – sugar and sugary soft drinks, sweets, biscuits, cakes, white flour, white rice – have been brought into being by recent human artifice: ‘This is not real food; it’s invented, fake food.’ None of it existed in the state of nature and not much of it in the more natural cultures of the past. Refined sugar, ‘the killer carbohydrate’, has been ‘important in our diet for less than a hundred years’, and ‘the biggest dietary change in fifty million years’ has been ‘the increase from four to 175 pounds of sugar per person per year’.

The self serving borders in academic disciplines

 Academic  disciplines arose from the 18th century largely as a way of 
ensuring intellectual peace through boundary-maintenance: 

You get on with yours and we will get on with ours.

Some argue this has led to a narrowing of  perceptions 

 We are now in bondage to the disciplines and our society is paying a practical price for rampant specialisation


When this is combined with the tyranny of abstraction, let me get on with my stuff however pithily phrased is no more than  elegance trumping  pertinence, 

I will do what is right and 'moral'...so in what domain does morals belong?

In his essay ‘Of the Standard of Taste’, Hume made a distinction between how people judge in matters of aesthetics and how they judge in science. 

In AEStHETICS , according to Hume, everyone tends to agree about standards – elegance and simplicity are good; affectation and bombast are bad – while they are at each others’ throats about whether this particular painting is beautiful. 

In science , the situation is reversed: scientists, for example, agree about facts and fall out when the matter turns to metaphysics. 

To what domain, Hume asked, do morals belong? For  many there is a healthy skepticism about the merit of ethical/moral  principles



 Attempts to deduce ethical judgments from universal and general principles usually come to grief as do  philosophical condescension towards case-based ethical reasoning.

 Alasdair MacIntyre’s view was that consensual ethical judgments are only possible within ‘traditions'’So
should we be morally agnostic or if not that then sceptical about people who claim the moral high ground?

Clean the Augean stable or drain the swamp lacks consquentiality

Drain the swamp or "clear away corruption" or clean the Augean stable (perform a large and unpleasant task that has long called for attention)  what then?  
Such acts of hygiene may lack consequentially.

'Moral, ethical, right, truth' are just mood enhancing words abstracted from tradition

Richard Rorty, argues that philosophers’ obsession with such merely mood-enhancing words as Reason, Reality, Truth, Objectivity and Method is little more than the fetishism of an increasingly parochial discipline. If you really want to understand how knowledge is made and judgments are justified get off your funded chairs and get into the real world   

Rational expertise fails in general as a guide to real-life practical action, and that it does so not merely because it is in the service of unjust or uncaring agents but because it is abstracted from the world it is supposed to regulate. In which case, your message might take on a rather simpler quality:

 ‘Don’t prescribe a solution before you describe the predicament’; ‘When you confront the real world, be suitably modest about your powers and your knowledge’; as with Montaigne, ‘Que sais-je?’ (what do I know)

Our images are honed and created at the dining table

High eat later than the Low,Image result for upper class dining

 thus making a standard display of delayed gratification and acquiring the associated status of those who can wait an hour longer than others for their food. Image result for working class eating



The  point here is in the act of self nourishing cultural self fashioning takes place
and this becomes a language as to how we determine classes.




Food is polysaturated with culture.

You are presumed to be able to decide how, and how much, you consume food, 

Eating is an instrumental act, and is so understood. You eat to fuel the body, and, in that sense, a Big Mac and super-sized French fries, unlike any cigarette, serve their purpose in supplying the body’s momentary energetic needs. 

But eating is, of course, much more than its energetic function. 

Food is polysaturated with culture.


Indeed, one could put it much more strongly: the practices attending the production, preparation and ingestion of food make up much of the substance of moral and social order. Foods are clean and unclean as well as nutritious and non-nutritious. They define racial, regional, religious, (pork and fish on Fridays for Catholics) national, class and cultural identity; i.e take the Haggis how peculiar it is to Scotland