The Search Term School of Political Philosophy: Lightning Round

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Someone got here today by searching “politics spirituality soulmate.”

Briefly, what we can tell you is this:  ancient Greek thought in certain schools posited the idea of the soulmate as that broken-off piece of you that, when beheld by you, brought you into wholeness and lifted you and your beloved to a beatific vision of the Divine, or of the Ideal Forms.  Notes Plato in The Symposium:

“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”

 

Recently, I saw a headline that said growing up was basically about realizing three things:  there are no soulmates, there are no grown-ups, and it’s okay to not like jazz.

In either case, we’re left to wonder if it’s better to have or to hold in tension, and to make wild guesses about where art comes from.   These things are all related, they all feel informed.

 

 

 

What’s a Progressive?

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A progressive isn’t simply a liberal.  Liberal as a political identity is so 20th-century, so pragmatic, so Roosevelt-Clintonian.  Liberals aren’t allowed to criticize each other apart from Democratic primaries, which all liberals vote in because liberals aren’t allowed to belong to other parties.  But progressives pop up in all kinds of parties.

Liberalism has become a way of doing politics.  It’s ceased being a real ethos or guiding light.  Progressivism, it seems to me, has much more to do with articulating equal rights and equal protection for all.

Some Political Sequiturs: Your Extreme Pocket Guide To Political Philosophy

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Aristotle Ethica Nicomachea page 1

Aristotle dedicated his most important ethical treatise to his son.

None of the following thoughts originated with me.  I’m just helping curate.
  • Fiscal responsibility is a progressive position.
  • Conservative, liberal, progressive, radical…these are labels powerful people use to keep people with most interests in common apart.  In reality, most voters have no interest in this kind of politics, no use for these kind of names, no time for these games, waning patience for these kind of political “ethics.”
  • Members of the middle class tend to identify with the upper class because they see upward mobility as reachable and good.  That’s fine, except when it keeps us from also identifying with the economic underclass from which most of us came, part of which most of us could still easily be, and to which we have human, civic, moral and spiritual responsibilities, as they have also to us.  As we all have to each other.
  • Prudence is not a reactionary or cautious position.  It’s knowing the good and know how to bring it about and then doing it. (Aristotle)
  • We have more similarities than differences.
  • Citizens of different nations have more in common with each other than they do with their own ruling classes.
  • Information wants to be free, and so do people.
  • We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….