JR Test Site News for 01-26-2018

Liberalism, Socialism, and Democracy

What follows is less a rejoinder than a brief for social democracy, as a tradition that loathed communism and may yet enrich liberalism. Like liberalism, social democracy belongs to the tradition of a limited state based on political rights and civil and social liberties; it has no sympathy for either command planning or command politics. Social democracy does go somewhat beyond liberalism as generally understood. Social democracy is not merely a prodigal mutant of liberalism, now free of its youthful socialist indiscretions. My point is that liberalism, which today has reverted to one of its conservative moods, is strengthened and not weakened when it learns from social democracy. Admittedly, American liberalism and European social democracy are under assault from similar forces. In Europe, the question of how to revive a social market economy – the euphemism of choice for social democracy – in the face of transnational private commerce is a center-stage public debate. Another concept central to social democracy and almost entirely marginal to American liberalism is the idea of “Social solidarity.” In the development of the social democratic compromise, two things became clear early on. Social democracy is a good antidote to liberal fragmentation. While Mill can be revered as a buried treasure of democratic liberal theory, the evolution of modern liberalism and social democracy did not proceed mainly via Mill, but via Roosevelt and Reuther, Keynes and Attlee, Palme, Brandt, Mitterrand, et al, with a strong assist from the labor movement. As for Dewey, just as there is no Manichean wall between liberalism and social democracy, we cannot fairly divide Dewey into the educational prophet whom we admire and the soft-headed philosopher who was naive about socialism. In the postwar era, social democracy pulled back even further from its socialist ancestry and became more clearly allied with the liberal tradition.

Keywords: [“social”,”liberalism”,”liberal”]
Source: http://prospect.org/article/liberalism-socialism-and-democracy

FC101: The Rise of the Modern State in Enlightenment Europe

Despite their vast differences, there was a general trend in both Eastern and Western Europe toward more tightly run bureaucratic states. In order to understand the evolution of the modern state, one needs to understand that the feudal state was patrimonial. The modern concept of kings and officials who were accountable for their actions and responsible for the welfare of their subjects was alien to the old feudal state. The feedback between the rise of towns and kings produced two lines of development that would help each other in the rise of the modern state. Second, kings were building strong nation-states that, by the 1600’s, were assuming greater control over all aspects of the state. In spite of this, the centralized states emerging in the Enlightenment were important in the evolution of our own modern states in two ways. First of all, the emergence of a professional bureaucracy, chosen largely for merit, not money or birth, provided the state with a modern administrative structure that continues today. Second, the idea of the rulers and officials being servants, not owners, of the state was central to the revolutionary ideas that swept Europe starting with the French Revolution in 1789. Another problem for the central government was the intense competition between the council of state and the various ministers. In 1748, after the disasters of the War of the Austrian Succession, the estates recognized the need to reform the state and granted ten years worth of taxes to the central government. Through a combination of incentives for families who sent their sons to school and punishments for those who did not, Austria under Joseph had a higher percentage of children in school than any other state in Europe. At the center of this was Frederick II himself, whose incredible energy, drive, and intelligence were more than equal to what all the ministers and rulers of any other state in Europe were capable of.

Keywords: [“state”,”government”,”more”]
Source: http://www.flowofhistory.com/units/west/15/FC101

The Golden Age And The End Of The World

A quick glance at close up pictures of the red planet reveal that it has been hit many, many times in its past. As our book ‘A Monument to the End of Time: Alchemy, Fulcanelli and the Great Cross’ reveals, our ancient ancestors had a much more sophisticated view of the stars and planets than they have ever been given credit. Starting in 1992 and ending in 2012, this event, that we are all currently living through, is nothing less than the end of time, and the world. We proved in the book that all of the western, and many eastern, traditions are deeply concerned with our present time period. Even Nostredamus spoke about this time as the most important time period of all. The forces of Set were nearly successful the last time a catastrophe hit our planet some 13,000 years ago. Why, we wondered, would they spend so much time trying to reinvigorate the many sacred sites around the world? It was one thing to attempt to re-educate the refugees and to teach them how to care for themselves and each other. Why spend your time and effort on re-invigorating ancient beliefs that certain parts of the planet held a spiritual power? It didn’t make any sense. They still spoke of the ‘end times’ and Satan as the ruler of the world. We wondered how anyone could have been able to predict the future in the way that John boldly tries? As our book points out the Cross at Hendaye is predicting that the end of the world will begin on the autumn equinox 2002 and end on the winter solstice 2012, a little over 10 years later. Only they will understand the final message of the end of time and prepare themselves for it. This could possibly be the same star as the Hopi suggest will appear before the end of time.

Keywords: [“Time”,”book”,”planet”]
Source: http://rense.com/general8/ev.htm

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