Windows on The Bible: Sixty Four Two Different Worlds: "We are faithful to Scripture when we say the evidence points to justice as key in Abba's realm. And for wealthy Americans to be told that their wealth is a sign of salvation, while their neighbors perish, is not Scriptural but self-serving. Hard words, but true."
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9/11’s 10th Anniversary: The Death of Neoconservatism - The Daily Beast: "Fukuyama explained that he was a “Marxist”: he believed that democracy would spread organically because it fit people’s deepest yearnings. The neocons, by contrast, were “Leninists:” they believed that the American military needed to give history a push. Today the matter is settled. The neocons were wrong and Fukuyama was right."
Francis is no doubt right simply because democracy is an ontological value which functions under the umbrella of the root or core value of non-idolatry. So democracy was always destined to triumph to the extent people chose it as billions will do in this century. But the Veblenian critique has been curiously absent from all the end of history brouhaha and we owe it to Neitzsche's evocation of the blinking herd to remind everyone that where there is a blinking herd there are corporations and their incessant advertisements for themselves. The seminal conflict in today's world is still with neocons insofar as they are identical with corporate interests.
Ai Weiwei on Beijing's Nightmare City - The Daily Beast: "To properly design Beijing, you’d have to let the city have space for different interests, so that people can coexist, so that there is a full body to society. A city is a place that can offer maximum freedom. Otherwise it’s incomplete."
Ai Weiwei risks with every word he writes. But his soul bursts with freedom and he is therefore a light that illumines the sleeping freedom within everyone in China. Thus it is merely a matter of time, a shorter time than many realize, that the government that imposes this conformity and this slavery will be toppled by the mass action of the people. The democratic revolution is now inexorable. This century demands it. Imperfect, flawed, marked with the same shortcomings we have always had, we shall prevail because the one freedom that cannot be denied is the right to choose the values by which we are willing to live and die. The highest of these is non-idolatry and its active cohorts are democracy, helpfulness and tolerance. None of these have anything to do with the premises by which China is presently run. And these values are likewise threatened in the US wherever the spirit of totalitarianism emerges - even in the smallest of bureaucratic affronts.
This is the mantra of those who see these events as necessary evils rather than a summons to evolve to a point where such weather will be a pleasure to avoid rather than an occasion for a national emergency, especially since such events are becoming seasonal. I hear chickens. I hear roosters.