Monthly Archives: June 2017

Meet Hannah Arendt

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“When the French want to think they have to think in German.” Heidegger

“Much of the dumbing down and mindlessness that is now at the heart of the modern university is rooted in existentialist philosophies of continental Europe, with the lion’s share of it imported particularly from Germany.” Mark Musser

“Hannah Arendt was considered one of the most important social theorists of the 20th century.” Ibid

Heidegger, Fascism, and Evergreen State College

Mark Musser, American Thinker, June 17, 2017

While Heidegger himself resisted being called an existentialist, he is certainly the father of Postmodernism. What is meant by Postmodernism is very difficult to express. First, Postmodernism is a form of existentialism. This by itself makes it very difficult to define because under existentialism, the application and power of rationalism and reason is greatly diminished. Ready-made designations, classifications, and descriptions are thus very hard to come by.

After the war, Heidegger’s writings became more opaque, which managed to disguise his Nazism. In so doing, Heidegger’s racism and anti-Semitism were replaced with anti-humanism, which should by no means be understood as any kind of progress, but a deepening of all the problems connected to his existentialism. Thanks to Heidegger, much of postmodern Western philosophy is deeply committed to various forms of anti-humanism, particularly with regard to the misanthropy of environmentalism. By overvaluing all of life, whether that be nature itself, or even by overemphasizing the willpower, passions, and instincts of human behavior rather than a thoughtful morality, Romanticism and Existentialism invariably opened the door to amoral anti-humanism where the laws of the jungle ultimately prevail — as was particularly the case with regard to National Socialism. Continue reading

The Prince of Wales Speaks

280x280-84a2ee9c56a6274f2f1620eb02a9222d“The best projections tell us that we have less than one hundred months to alter our behavior before we risk catastrophic climate change, and the unimaginable horrors that this would bring.” Prince Charles, March 2009

“Our fate is sealed. One consolation, at least: We don’t have to listen to any more climate predictions as our doom is already here.” The Weekly Standard

Apocalypse Now

The Weekly Standard, June 5, 3, 4

The Prince of Wales did not mince words in warning about the ravages of global warming. No piddling nonsense about a few inches of sea-rise; nothing so trivial as coastal erosion; no focus on the plight of the polar bear. No, the prince had a louder alarm he was sounding, one about the Future of Mankind: The “threat of catastrophic climate change,” he said, “calls into question humanity’s continued survival on the planet.”

These strong words, The Scrapbook hastens to point out, come from March 2009, when Prince Charles was visiting Brazil. That date is significant because the prince was convinced that time was, even then, running out. And not in some vague, way-off-in-the-distant-future kind of running out: The reckoning was to be upon us on a very specific timeline. “The best projections tell us that we have less than one hundred months to alter our behavior before we risk catastrophic climate change, and the unimaginable horrors that this would bring.” Continue reading

The Bomb Makers

“According to court documents, Filiberto Ojeda Rios, who is believed to have helped co-found the FALN, told an undercover NYPD officer in 1983 that he had received explosives training in Cuba.” Zach Dorfman

“After their advanced training in Cuba they returned to Puerto Rico and a wave of bombings and incendiary incidents struck the island.” Ibid

How Fidel Castro Supported Terrorism in America

‘FALN was started in the mid-1960’s with a nucleus . . . that received advanced training in Cuba.’

Zach Dorfman, The Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2017, p. A 15

The decision to honor Oscar López Rivera, a terrorist who spent 35 years in federal prison, at New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade Sunday unleashed a firestorm. Organizers named López Rivera—released in February under an 11th-hour clemency from President Obama —the parade’s first-ever “National Freedom Hero.”

In response, major sponsors such as Goya, Coca-Cola , Univision, Jet Blue and the Yankees pulled their support. New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill is refusing to march, as are several Democratic politicians, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Continue reading