29 October 2011

Integral Politics II

Remember Integral Politics and the promise of Integral Politics II that eventually morphed into Why Study History? Two days ago I shot 31 minutes of video that could be called the sequel to Integral Politics. In 9 sections I look at the Left/Right dichotomy, the foresight of the founders, libertarians, why communism never works, what can be learned from listening to different perspectives, and political movements and how they are coopted. Divided into three parts.

Part One
Left & Right & Everything Inbetween
Why Communism Doesn't Work
  Other Wiki's Page on Plymouth
  Hub Page on Plymouth
Equally Wrong Equally Right?
As Much Government as is Necessary
  In case you're wondering "the others" after Voltaire is Jean Jacques Rousseau, who had at least four illigitimate children.

Part Two
Changing Social Identities
  The two functions of religion: "legitimacy" and "authenticity." The legitimacy that religion provides "has historically been the single greatest "social glue" that any culture has." From Ken Wilber's"Spirituality that Transforms"originally published in What Is Enlightenment? magazine.
  "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
  It's not known if Einstein actually said this or not. Apocryphal though it may be, the sentiment is accurate.
Declining Religion & Handouts
  Religious people are more charitable than secular people, including giving to non-religious charities.
  From the Hoover Institute, 2003: Religious people are 25 percentage points more likely than secularists to donate money and 23 points more likely to volunteer time.
  Psychology Today, 2009

Part Three
Less Government = More People Helped?
The Genius of the Founders
  Medical uses for marijuana (cannabis)
Tea Parties and Occupy Wherever
  Student loan debt from USA Today

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